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Play School (1966)

Premier :: 1966-07-18

Airs :: Daily 9:30 on ABC

Genre :: Children

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Play School is Australia's most successful regular television program for pre-school children. It goes to air every weekday throughout the year on ABC1 at 9.30 am and at 3.00 pm and on ABC2 at 2.00 pm. Play School aims to encourage a child to wonder, to think, to feel and to imagine. The program shows two warm, caring people taking the time to be with one child. They address the child directly and personally. Into this relationship are woven the stories, songs and activities that form the fabric of Australian children's culture. Play School is successful because it satisfies our basic human need to interact with other people and to be valued by them. Play School aims to extend the child's interest and it encourages participation. Each program contains a story, some songs (both traditional and new) and a variety of play ideas with things to make and do. Each week has a theme which is developed in different ways depending on the day. The daily format usually includes the Calendar, the Clock and a look outside Play School via the Windows.

Latest Episode

Series 290 - Episode 5 - Let's Pretend (5)
Aired - 24 January 2014

Episode summary:

Theme Notes Series 290: Let’s Pretend Play School’s series ‘Let’s pretend’ aims to nurture the imagination, creativity and a sense of wonder. Imaginative play not only provides enjoyment to young children, but it also helps them understand the real world and their place in it. It can also help them learn about experiences and people they may not directly come into contact with. Language, social and cognitive ability are also developed through imaginative play. A strong sense of imagination and creativity assists children become confident problem solvers. Episode 5 PRESENTERS Michelle Lim Davidson and Alex Papps PIANIST Peter Dasent STORY Good Night, Sleep Tight Author: Mem Fox Illustrator: Judy Horacek Publisher: Scholastic Australia Pty. Ltd. FILM Rainy Day (Play School, ABC) IDEAS FOR LATER Make a space rocket with a shoe box and land it in outer space. Use cushions, pillows and material to make an outer space world. Make a big rocket using a long laundry basket or large long box Cut out and hang some stars and the moon from a window. SONGS Have You Ever Ever Ever...? Composer: Traditional Publisher: Origin / ABC Music Publishing When The Rain Is Falling Down Composer: Zoe McHenry Publisher: Orient Pacific Music Moon, Moon Composer: Traditional (German Folk Tune) Publisher: Allans Music (Australia) Pty. Ltd Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star Composer: Traditional Publisher: ABC Music Publishing Star Light, Star Bright Composer: Traditional Publisher: ABC Music Publishing It’s Fun To Pretend Composer: Peter Dasent & Judith Keyzer Publisher: Origin / Control (Going On A) Big Adventure Composer: Peter Dasent & Arthur Baysting Publisher: Origin /ABC Music Publishing Cuddle Up Composer: Peter Dasent & Sophie Emtage Publisher: Origin / Control/ ABC Music Publishing MAKE AND DO How to Make a Heads and Tail Shop You will need: - A collection of silly hats, craft ears, craft wigs, craft noses and craft tails. Get a cardboard box counter. Set up a selection of things to wear on your head and various kinds of tails. Selection may include a woolly horse tail, big ears, point paper nose, a spiky dragon tail and a large straw hat. MAKE AND DO How to Make a Rainy Day Picture You will need: - Crayons - Spoon - Paint - Paper Colour a piece of paper all over using crayons. Cover with paint in one colour. Scratch out a rainy day painting by using the spoon handle. Try scratching out raindrops and an umbrella. Hang to dry. MAKE AND DO How to Make a Rocket Sandwich You will need: - Bread board - Two slices of bread - Yellow capsicum - Hummus - Avocado - Carrot slices - Cherry tomatoes - Plastic knife - Pea sprouts  Cut bread in rocket shape with two triangle shaped pieces as rocket fins. Spread hummus onto the bread, that is the main part of rocket, and add avocado stripes. Add two carrot strips for rocket boosters on the bottom of the rocket. Add cherry tomato windows and sprouts for the blast off smoke.

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