Last month, i received a pretty exciting email in my inbox containing an invite to a VIP screening of a new preschool tv series that was soon to be launching on cBeebies. With shows like “Something Special”, “Charlie & Lola”, “In The Night Garden”, “Postman Pat” and “Messy Goes To Okido” already to its name, cBeebies is a firm favourite with the boys, and naturally i said yes to attending the event.
So at the weekend, Riley and i travelled to the Charlotte Street Hotel in London for the world premiere of Kazoops.
We arrived promptly at 10.30am and were greeted by the lovely Evolution PR team who welcomed us with drinks and a fantastic brunch spread of sausage sandwiches, bacon sandwiches, scrambled egg sandwiches, pastries and cake – YUM!
They’d also put on some great activities for the kids including a Kazoops colouring station and another area where you could make one of the Kazoops’s characters, “Jimmy Jones”, the family pet pig, out of plasticine. Riley loves anything to do with arts and crafts so this activity went down really well with him and i was pretty impressed with his little masterpiece.
We were also given an exclusive preview screening of 3 episodes from Kazoops and let me tell you now – the show is going to be brilliant and a real hit with young children everywhere. Riley was enraptured from the moment the screening started and wanted to watch the episodes again as soon as they’d finished. From an adult’s perspective, Kazoops is educational and fun and imaginative with some real comical moments thrown in for added measure.
So let’s talk more about the show…without giving too much away obviously!
Kazoops is a new animated pre-school tv series that has been created in conjunction with leading child development expert, Dr Jacqueline Harding, and is set to change the way children view the world around them.
Who says the world works the way grown ups think it should? Things can always be different if you just imagine…
It follows the adventures of spirited six-year-old Monty Kazoop and his best friend, Jimmy Jones the family pet pig. Monty uses his vivid imagination to challenge preconceptions about life and the world in which he lives, such as ‘you have to wear matching socks’ or ‘all games need rules’ and, in doing so, not only offers children a fresh perspective, but demonstrates the value of critical thinking and creative play.
Executive Producer, Patrick Egerton commented: “We are delighted to finally see the first series of Kazoops launching in the UK for kids to watch. In it we are keen to show children from an early age that it’s okay to question things and not take the world around them at face value. We want to inspire kids’ imaginations and foster the courage to think and see things differently.”
Monty challenges a different preconception in each episode, which is exactly what kids at this age do. Some appear to challenge everyday conventions, like whether your socks always need to match, but are really about bigger ideas like the relative importance of conforming. Some are more abstract, like Monty questioning whether you can be scared but brave at the same time, which is really an exploration of the nature of courage.
Kazoops premieres with “Animal Pals”, where Monty wonders why Jimmy Jones is jealous and eventually challenges the notion that ‘you can only have one best friend’. Kazoops will indulge children’s curiosity and innate sense of wonder at the world and perhaps keep the developmental importance of the imagination front of mind for parents.
The series will also encapsulate children’s abilities to immerse themselves fully into imaginary play: – Monty’s toy friends and vehicles become real when he goes on his imaginary adventures just like they do for kids everywhere when they play. Kazoops captures that sense of wonder kids have for the world, and how their imaginations are a great laboratory where they endlessly experiment to make sense of it all.
KAZOOPS EPISODE 1 WILL AIR ON CBEEBIES ON MONDAY 20TH JUNE 2016 AT 4.20PM
Make a note of that in your diary people, you won’t want to miss it – trust me!