My goodness, how children’s entertainment has changed. I remember many years ago when my kids were young, we used VHS tapes so they could watch their favorite shows. We watched shows such as the dreaded Barney, The Big Comfy Couch, Veggie Tales, Muppets and Wee Sing. On our book shelf we dedicated a couple of shelves to children’s videos.
Although the videos kept children entertained long enough to allow me to prepare dinner and get it to the table, the downside was the songs became permanently implanted in my head and I couldn’t get them out. Every time I heard a fire truck with its sirens blaring my mind would immediate go to Baby Bop’s rendition of “Hurry, hurry, catch that fire truck!” UGH!
There were some songs, though, that were cute and became family jokes. Like the Muppets Fat Cat that Sat on a Hat or the Glutton that ate the last button. As my kids grew up and video characters changed, I sometimes longed for the innocence of the Wee Sing Tusky the Elephant or dare I say Barney.
Don’t misunderstand me. There are still some really terrific videos out there for kids. I happened upon a wonderful group called Badanamu. If you haven’t checked them out yet, I would suggest you do. My grandson and I love dancing to Po Pow Pay, and rocking out to Ponytail and Umpa Mumpa. There are also the various alphabet and counting songs where Badanamu puts their own authentic spin. Their spin makes the videos fun to watch for children and adults.
Finding Old School Videos
Thanks to modern technology, I was able to find the entire Wee Sing series of videos on YouTube. Compared to the high definition and digital characters of today’s age, Wee Sing looks aged and hokey, but it does keep little ones interested. Plus, these videos are available on demand. No need to designate shelves for children’s videos. I can actually use the old video shelf space for children’s books.
Due to the radiation emitted from electronic devices, we prefer to watch our YouTube videos on a television set. Devices like Roku, Chrome or Apple TV are life savers in this regard. For long trips, however, tablets and smartphones come in handy.
I’ve even downloaded the songs from his favorite videos and placed them on a thumb drive. We play them in the car when we take longer trips. It sure beats the plethora of children’s cassette tapes I used to carry in the car when my kids were young.
Parents today have it easier and harder than when I was raising my kids. I”ll file accessing YouTube videos with their favorite characters under the ‘easier’ category. Keeping young ones away from the damaging radiation emitted from electronic devices falls under the ‘harder’ category. It’s a shame that we have to purchase devices to protect us from our devices, but alas, that’s the way of the world.