Negotiating with toddlers is not easy. Now a new series of animated games has launched on the CBeebies website, which help teach toddlers the benefits of team-work through interactive parent/child play.
Created by BAFTA-winning interactive production company, Plug-in Media, Tee and Mo, comprises 10 narrative-led desktop and mobile free games narrated by radio DJ and television presenter Lauren Laverne.
Each game is designed as a two-player interactive experience, encouraging pre-schooler and parent to enjoy together. They revolve around the daily adventures of an adorable and unstoppable baby monkey, Tee, and his mum, Mo. The aim is to explore everyday situations through the point of view of both child and parent, showing that whilst they may want to different things, they can learn together by negotiating the challenges of daily life jointly.
Tee and Mo’s light-hearted approach to problem-solving and teamwork leads to care-giver and child bonding both on and off screen whilst inspiring them to pursue imaginative play opportunities off-line.
Tee and Mo launches with the first two games – Musical Garden and Sandwich Stacker – with more to follow in the coming months.
The Tee and Mo desktop and mobile games can be played free online at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/
Musical Garden: Its perfect weather for planting some flowers but Tee is more interested in his music box than helping Mo with the gardening. Turns out flowers love music as it helps them grow! So Tee & Mo see how many seeds they can plant in the time it takes Mo’s music box to play a tune.
Sandwich Stacker: It’s teatime in the jungle and Mo wants to make a sandwich, but Tee wants to carry on stacking his building blocks! They decide to create super-stacker sandwiches by piling their favourite fillings up as high as they can!
What we thought: (Nana Anew’s opinion)
Musical Garden: In this game you have to see how many seeds you can plant before the music stops. I tried this game with the mouse on the laptop and also the cursors and it was good to play both ways. It will teach a child about planting seeds and how flowers grow. It also teaches a child about sorting if they wish to lay the seeds out in a row or about patterns so that they can plant in the same. Quite an interesting game for a young child to play. If playing with a parent the child can tell the parent where to plant.
Sandwich Stacker In this game you have to use the ingredients on the shelf to make Tee and Mo a sandwich. This helps a child to learn about different fruits, vegetables and meats and which combinations may be suitable together, as the faces Tee and Mo show whether they enjoyed it or not. There are varying things you can put into the sandwich. The only issue I had was that I could not figure out how to stop the jam pouring. This is one a child would probably solve quite easily. Another interesting game.