Yes, it’s true. I’m over 30 and I still watch Play School. Why? Because any children’s program that can stand the test of time for 45 years has to contain some kind of educational gold.
What’s the formula that makes Play School a success story and such a gem for an early childhood educator like myself? I think it’s the mix of play, structure, music and fun. Young children can rely on the fact that they’ll find out which day of the week it is and the anticipation of trying to guess which window we’ll look through today still gets me going (Personally I’m always hoping for the arch window!).
But mostly I am watching it for inspiration. All the best ideas and songs are found right there in one place. The simplicity of some of their ideas is ingenious. Who knew you could make a garden snail with a coiled up piece of corrugated card, a cardboard roll and two bendy straws.
Or that a piece of tinsel could become a snail’s trail? You feel like slapping yourself across the head for not thinking of it yourself.
So now that I’m feeling nostalgic I think I’ll wander off to watch some more inspiration whistling the Ning Nang Nong as I go.