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CBBC DVDs: Waybuloo, Chuggington and Timmy Time

Submitted by on December 12, 2009 – 10:49 pmNo Comment

“Guaranteed to keep any toddler entertained once all the wrapping paper has been put in the recycling bin.”

Buy online at BBC Shop

Price: From £8 each (RRP £12)

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Initial thoughts: Christmas Day TV might not be what it used to be way back in the golden days of the Morecambe and Wise Christmas special, but children’s programmes have never been stronger. These DVDs of three of CBeebies most popular recent additions – Waybaloo, Chuggington and Timmy Time – are guaranteed to keep any toddler entertained once all the wrapping paper and the boxes have been put in the recycling bin.

We liked: All the DVDs are bright and easy to navigate and the stories are delightful.

In Waybaloo De Li discovers the power of affectionate touch; Nok Tok is busy trying to help everyone; and Lau Lau is sewing the last of her four beautiful cushions.

A common theme of learning unites all three DVDs. The trainee railway engines (Wilson, Brewster, Koko) in the traintastic world of Chuggington eagerly complete their daily tasks and practice the skills that will one day make them proper chuggers, while in Timmy Time a group of pre-school animals (Timmy and his chums) learn the timeless lessons of childhood, from responsibility to bravery and the true meaning of friendship.

We weren’t so keen: The vein of Eastern mysticism running throughout Waybaloo can be a little off-putting, as are the honking horns of Chuggington. Repetition might be the foundation of infant learning, but the Dukes of Hazzard-like noises of Wilson, Brewster and Koko start to grate on older audience members, and the relentless baa-ing of Timmy ends up as being anything but baaa-rilliant.

Overview: Three excellent additions to the children’s TV stable, theses DVDs mean that you need never again be at the mercy of the CBeebies schedule. Each title is well over an hour long and – with extras – represents great value for money.

[Tim, Bringing up Charlie]

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