Review: Olly the Little White Van DVD

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With 3 kids who love television (and which child doesn’t?) I am familiar with all the children’s programmes so Olly The Little White Van is not new to me. This cute little van and his driver Stan are definitely sure to go down well with children.

When I was given an opportunity to review a new DVD, I knew my children would love to watch it so I accepted.

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Olly The Little White Van DVD has the following episodes

Suzy’s makeover

Skyscraper Caper

Bumpton buses

The Mystery of the Bumpton  ghost

Ducks and Cover

The Audition

Bad Luck Olly

Train Trouble

Just the Ticket

Hired and Fired

Bridge builder Olly

Olly at Sea

Birthday Bazza

Jadyn’s favourite is ‘The audition’, Ethan loves ‘ The Bumpton Ghost’ and Aeryn’s favourite is ‘Suzy’s Makeover’

I knew that Ethan liked the series and would enjoy watching it. I was surprised though that Aeryn really took to the DVD and we now watch it every day on return from the school run. I do find myself singing the theme song quite often when I am cooking.

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The episodes are perfect for little ones being about 5 minutes which is just right to hold their attention.  Plus one can watch them in instalments. 🙂

We all love the songs that are a part of the episodes – very catchy tunes and Aeryn enjoys dancing to them.

Each episode teaches a lesson that can be well explained to older children.

If your little one is an Olly fan or even if not, this is a lovely DVD to have at home for the children to watch.

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More about the series –

Series Synopsis

Olly the Little White Van helps his friends as much as he can.  He isn’t a racing car or fire engine, but he and his driver Stan are very good at helping everyone out, every day.    Like an enthusiastic puppy he bounds around the village of Bumpton talking to everyone, and is happiest when he is setting up a new bus service to the seaside, helping Alice when she is preparing for her driving test, or sprucing up an old VW.

Educational Values

Olly’s Little Helpers – the production recruited the help of Dr Richard Woolfson during development of the series and now Olly wants to recruit others to be like him and get a lot of  fun out of helping.   Olly doesn’t always get things right but he is always helpful and tries his best and the series aims to nurture the communicative and caring nature of children.  There are a number of downloadable activity ideas on the parents section of the website, with ideas for games to help out at home  e.g Matching the colours of socks, helping to care for a new baby, watering plants or feeding the birds.   

The series targets boys and girls aged 2-6.  In the UK the series started airing on GMTV and CiTV in 2011, then began airing on Cartoonito in 2012 and is now airing dialy on Milkshake at 06.50 as well as Cartoonito and Boomerange.    The series is also dotted around the Milkshake schedule in addition to its regular slot. 

Disclaimer: I was provided with the above DVD for an honest review. All ideas and opinions are my own.

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