When I was a little kid (you know, back in the dark ages), we had cartoons once a week, on Saturday mornings. That was it. And, on top of that, we only had two channels anyways, so the options were limited even then. (Told you it was the dark ages.) Now, we have more channels than I even know about, and a huge number of those are devoted to kids' programming 24/7, catering to various age groups. There's quite a lot to choose from, especially if you also have "On Demand" versions of some of those channels through your cable or satellite provider.
My 4yo has a lot of options to sort through for his TV time. Some of his favourite options are courtesy of the Playhouse Disney channel.
Now, we don't actually get Playhouse Disney (PHD) with our service provider, but we do get some of the programming via mornings on Family Channel. And PHD has become an integral part of our morning routine over the last several months. Little Boo simply cannot start his preschool day without an episode of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Much like Mommy needs her coffee. He settles in with his yogourt drink and Mickey Mouse, often accompanied by his Goofy stuffy and watches the show while we run around getting ready for the day. It's actually become a bit of a bribe to get him out of bed in the morning. We were having a lot of trouble getting him moving for a while, but now we can get him up easily with a reminder that if he wants Mickey before school he has to get moving.
And what's even better is that the show is teaching him great things like cooperation, shape, number, colour recognition, some math, all kinds of things! And it's nice for us parents that it's characters we grew up with, know and love.
PHD also has My Friends Tigger & Pooh, for some more familiar fun, with a modern twist (now there's a girl instead of Christopher Robin, and they do lots of sleuthing adventures from what I've seen). Little Boo also really enjoys Handy Manny, which is all about friendship and problem solving and helping others. With catchy tunes! And after receiving the DVD for this blog post (see below) he is now quite taken with Special Agent Oso. Lots of great programming I can feel good about him watching.
In addition, PHD has a great website, with information on their shows, preschool-appropriate online games, colouring sheets to print, contests, video clips and some full-length videos. You can also sign up for their email newsletter to keep up-to-date on the latest happenings with the channel, events, and new shows.
The Giveaway: Hot Dog Hot Dog Hot Diggity Dog! (to quote Mickey) Playhouse Disney is offering one lucky winner a prize pack consisting of:
- Playhouse Disney DVD with 5 full-length episodes of popular PHD shows (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Imagination Movers, Special Agent OSO, Handy Manny, and My Friends Tigger & Pooh)
- magnetic PHD pen
- Sticker sheet
- Crayons and Colouring Magnet
(This is the same package I received, and my 4yo went nuts for it.)
Contest is open to Canadian residents only. Readers may enter the contest on multiple blogs participating in this tour, but may win only once. Contest closes on August 18.
Mandatory Entry: Please leave a comment below, telling me your child's favourite Playhouse Disney show. If you don't currently receive Playhouse Disney, who is your child's favourite Disney character?
Additional Optional Entries:
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2. Follow me on Twitter (@Mom2Michael)
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Be sure to leave a separate comment for each action/entry. Winner will be chosen using random.org. I will be contacting the winner by email or via Twitter DM, so leave one or the other for me to get in touch with you.
Disclosure: I am participating in the Playhouse Disney program run by Mom Central. I received a Playhouse Disney prize pack and a thank you gift card to facilitate this post. The opinions on this blog are my own.