Big Tot loves nothing more than curling up after a hard day's creating havoc in front of a good DVD, and this time, its an extra special treat as she gets to preview the newest DVD release from BBC Worldwide, In the Night Garden: All Together Now.
Just like many pre-schoolers nationally, Big Tot is a fan of In The Night Garden, and has watched it since she was 9 months old. We parents used to use it to get her to nod off, and its a central part of her bedtime routine. So we are no strangers to the franchise itself.
The latest DVD in the growing collection is released on the 15th March, but we have been lucky enough to get a sneak preview!
As one would expect, theres no changes to the concept- all the usual suspects in the form of Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle and the Tombliboos are here, doing their usual garden antics.
The programme has that sleepy, quiet atmosphere that just begs children (and tired adults) to curl up on the sofa for 20 minutes. I for one hate shouty in your face programming for tots, so ITNG is a welcome distraction from some of its stable mates on the C Beebies schedule.
Containing four never before seen episodes, it also comes with extras including a game that encourages the child to zoom in on their favourite character who will wave at them (which Little Tot loved as he thought they were playing his new fave game of boo). There is also an audio clip of Upsy Daisy chasing her bed, with narration-perfect for the times you feel the children could benefit from using their imagination!
This is also edu-lite, with little oppotunities to teach children about different faces, and the concept of going over and under objects.
Big Tot as we expected was an instant fan of the new DVD, as was newest Night Garden convert Little Tot.
Meanwhile I was a happy parent who had 140 minutes of much needed peace and quiet time in which to sort out the household chores!
And don't worry, its not necessary to watch the whole DVD in one sitting- there is a handy preset option to watch as many as the child (or parent) requires!
A must have for any collection.