Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Cbeebies gets creative

An email from CBeebies HQ is always interesting. This news - hot off the press - is especially interesting and so is quoted here in full. 

Children can have fun and get creative this autumn half term with a series of digital treats from the BBC. These include a major new CBeebies app, Get Creative, children’s box sets on BBC iPlayer and CBeebies Bedtime Stories on smart speakers for the first time.
Get Creative
Available in app stores from today, Get Creative allows children to create music, design their own toy and even direct their very own CBeebies episode. When little ones open the app they will get to pick a CBeebies buddy from Hey Duggee, Go Jetters or Bitz and Bob before heading down to the Get Creative factory, where all the magic happens.
At launch there are four activities in the factory to choose from, with more to come in future, all cleverly designed for 3 – 5 year olds to use on their own or with an adult. And depending on which CBeebies buddy kids choose, each activity will take on a unique flavour:
  • Magic Paint: a unique drawing game where kids can use a variety of tools like crazy tape, stickers and paint that come alive as they use them
  • Terrific Toys: a digital toy creator, where kids can build their own CBeebies toys and play with them in a special playground
  • Sound Doodles: kids can create music with their doodles, with each squiggle able to make a range of sounds and noises
  • Play Puppets: kids can even direct their very own CBeebies episodes by animating puppets and recording their performances
BBC iPlayer box sets
Children can watch the full series of some of their favourite CBBC programmes on BBC iPlayer this half term. All five series of the popular children’s drama, Tracey Beaker, reality drama, The Next Step: The Stacey Carpenter Scholarship and the full series of The Dumping Ground: The Joseph & Taz Files and The Dumping Ground: Sasha’s Contact Meetings will be available to watch as box sets on BBC iPlayer.
CBeebies Bedtime Stories on smart speakers
Following the launch of the BBC Kids skill on Alexa smart speakers last month, little ones can now enjoy Bedtime Stories from some of the UK’s most famous voices simply by asking for them. Saying ‘Open CBeebies’  will give people the chance to hear stories from American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton, Olympic athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and actors Mark Bonnar and Pearl Mackie. More exciting new stories from other well-known names will be coming soon.
Lucie McLean, Head of Childrens Products, BBC Design & Engineering says:
“Little ones won’t be short of things to do this half term, with a major new CBeebies app, BBC iPlayer box sets and new content on smart speakers for children. Get Creative is a brilliant example of how we are offering children new and exciting ways to interact with their favourite CBeebies’ characters. The app aims to spark kids’ imaginations through fun, exploratory experiences and open-ended play and I’m sure parents and children alike will enjoy getting creative this half-term.”
Get Creative, the BBC iPlayer box sets and the BBC Kids Skill form part of the BBC’s plans to invest in content that informs, educates and entertains children in response to the changing demands of modern life. 
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