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My name is Simon O’Donovan MBE. I’ve worked in NHS Wales for most of my adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

I recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service. I continue to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.

 

I've been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive our activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 

 

My colleagues and I have been using these approaches regularly in our day to day work and have found them beneficial. The materials provided have been tried and tested, then refined to improve and further develop them for future use.

 

The main aim of this website is to share our experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.

 

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Children In Need

November 13, 2019

 

"I believe the children are our are future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be."

 

'The Greatest Love Of All', Whitney Houston

 

 

'Children In Need' takes place on Friday 15th November 2019. Hence the theme for this week's CST activities page.

 

We discussed some facts about 'Children In Need'.

 

The first ever 'Children in Need' fundraising event was held on Christmas Day in 1927. It was a five minute radio broadcast that raised £1,143, 18s and 3d!

 

In 1955, the appeal was shown on television for the first time.

 

The BBC Telethon started on 21st November 1980. It raised £1,000,587. On 18th November 2016 the maximum ever raised was £60,000,000.

 

Pudsey Bear made his first appearance in 1985.

 

'Children In Need' fundraising efforts have included:

 

- 'The Rickshaw Challenge' (BBC 1 'One Show')

- 'The BBC Radio 2 Chris Evans Auction'

- 'Car Fest'

- Sponsored silences

- Cake bake sales

- Sitting in a bath of beans

- Costume fun runs and

- Various other weird and wonderful sponsorship events.

 

Terry Wogan presented 'Children In Need' from 1980 to 2014. He sadly died 31 January 2016, aged 77.Other things Terry Wogan was known as a 'National Treasure' for included presenting the 'Eurovision Song Contest', his chat show 'Wogan', his BBC Radio 2 'Breakfast Show' and of course his hit record, 'The Floral Dance'.

 

Next, we thought about other special children's shows. One that sprang to mind for most of us was Ed (Stewpot) Stewart's BBC Radio 1 show 'Junior Choice'. This show started in 1968 and ran for a dozen years. Sadly, Ed Stewart died in January 2016, aged 74 years. His other famous hit show was, of course, 'Crackerjack'.

 

We then had a think about the best children's TV shows from our childhood. We remembered a fact or two about each show as we listed them and completed the names ...

 

 

 

CHILDREN'S GAMES

 

(Click on the image above for the slides show. Print off the pictures for the tables.)

 

PLAYING OUTDOORS

 

We asked members if they could remember each of the following games and tell us, or show us, how each of them was played ...

- Hopscotch
- Cat's Cradle
- Skipping Rope
- Marbles
- Jacks
- Catch
- Conkers
- Hide and Seek
- Tag
- I Spy
- Rat Tat Ginger
- Leap Frog
- Three Legged Race
- Egg and Spoon Race
- Sack Race
- Wheelbarrow Race 
- One Potato
- Scissors Paper Stone 

 

CHILDREN'S TOYS

 

We asked members if they had owned a .... 


- Scooter
- Chopper Bike
- Space Hopper
- Pogo Stick
- Klackers
- Kite
- Walkie Talkie

- Hula Hoop

- Simon

- Action Man

- Stretch Armstrong

- Slinky

- Barbie

- Tiny Tears

- Teddy

- Dinky Toys

 

(And asked them to identify each from the pictures.)

(Can anyone think of any others they had?)


We asked members to comment on social changes since they were children, brought about by IT (more children playing indoors) and community safety concerns etc.

 

 

 

PLAYING INDOORS

 

BOARD GAMES QUIZ QUESTIONS

Noughts and crosses
What is this game called in the USA?
TIC TAC TOE

 

(Find the picture on the tables where a girls is playing Noughts and Crosses with her Teddy - TESTCARD)

Snakes and Ladders
Which do you go up and slide down?
UP LADDERS, DOWN SNAKES
What is the largest snake in the world? PYTHON - CAN GROW UP TO 25FT
What is the most dangerous snake in the UK? ADDER - BUT THEY ARE GENERALLY SHY AND NON AGGRESSIVE
Anyone afraid of snakes?

Dominoes

How do you play Dominoes?

CONNECT TILES BY SAME NUMBER


What fast food does the food outlet Domino's specialise in?
PIZZA
Anyone have a favourite topping?
Some pizzas - MARGARITA, HAWAIIAN, PEPPERONI, MARINARA, VEGETABLE FEAST

Enjoyed by nearly two thirds of Brits (65%), mushrooms came out on top as the most favoured pizza topping ingredient in a recent survey, with onion (62%), ham (61%), peppers (60%), chicken (56%) and pepperoni (56%) close behind.

Draughts
What do Americans call this game?
CHECKERS
How many squares are on a board?
64

Battleships
What are the ships?
AIRCRAFT CARRIER (5 SQUARES), BATTLESHIP (4 SQUARES), CRUISER (3 SQUARES), SUBMARINE (3 SQUARES) & DESTROYER (2 SQUARES)

Jigsaw Puzzle
(Nearest guess) What is the biggest Jigsaw you can buy?
DISNEY MAKES THE BIGGEST COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE JIGSAW WITH 40,320 PIECES. WHEN COMPLETED IT IS 22FT LONG 6FT WIDE

Etch A Sketch
How do you wipe your drawing off the board?
TURN UPSIDE DOWN AND SHAKE

Spirograph
First launched in the UK in which year?
1965

 

Painting By Numbers

Basically this game is what?

COLOURING IN

Play Dough
What does Hasbro describe it's signature fragrance as?
SWEET MUSKY VANILLA, OVERTONES OF CHERRY & THE NATURAL SMELL OF A WHEAT SALT DOUGH

Cluedo
Name the characters? MISS SCARLET, REVEREND GREEN, COLONEL MUSTARD, MRS WHITE, PROFESSOR PLUM & MRS PEACOCK
And the weapons? DAGGER, LEAD PIPE, SPANNER, CANDLESTICK, REVOLVER & ROPE

Monopoly
Name the different (current) player pieces?
BATTLESHIP, CAT, PENGUIN, RACING CAR, RUBBER DUCKY, SCOTTIE DOG, TOP HAT & T REX
(Previously 'retired' pieces were - Boot, Cannon, Horse and rider, Iron, Lantern, Purse, Rocking horse, Sack of money, Thimble & Wheelbarrow)
How much do you get for passing go?
£200

Ludo
What are the 4 colours?
RED, GREEN, BLUE & YELLOW

Kerplunk
What was the aim of this game?
TO HAVE THE FEWEST MARBLES DROP

Mousetrap
What happens at the very end of a game of Mouse Trap?
THE MAN DIVES IN THE POT AND THE MOUSETRAP COMES DOWN

Trivial Pursuit
What were the colour segments of each category?
ART & LITERATURE - BROWN
ENTERTAINMENT - PINK
GEOGRAPHY - BLUE
HISTORY - YELLOW
NATURE - GREEN
SPORT & LEISURE - ORANGE

Scrabble
How many letter tiles does each player have on their rack? 7
What letters are the highest scoring?
Q & Z BOTH WORTH 10 POINTS

Mastermind
How many guesses do you have to break the colour code?
12

Twister
Where would you play this game?
ON THE FLOOR

What is the biggest manufacturer of Train Sets in the UK?
HORNBY

 

SUBBUTEO

How do you move the players?

FLICK THEM WITH YOUR FINGER

 

What is Scalextric?

ELECTRIC CAR AND RACETRACK GAME

 

Who advertised the Stylophone?

ROLF HARRIS

 

In a game of Operation what happens if you make a mistake?

A BUZZER SOUNDS

 

THE RUBIX CUBE was game of the year in which year?

1980

 

Which company marketed SPACE INVADERS?

ATARI

 

What did the PAC MAN chase and eat?

GHOSTS

 

Can anyone think of any other favourite games?

 

 

 

CHILDREN'S TV QUIZ

 

Complete the programme titles and answer the question associated with each of them

(Pause for reminiscences)

 

Mary Mungo And - MIDGE

Where did they live? - IN A TOWER BLOCK

 

Poggle's - WOOD

These shows were part of the 'WATCH WITH MOTHER' strand for pre-school infants.

 

Roobard And - CUSTARD

What animals were they? - DOG & CAT

 

The Wooden - TOPS 

What was the name of the dog? - SPOTTY DOG

 

Hector's - HOUSE

Who were the main characters? - HECTOR THE DOG, ZSAZSA THE CAT & KIKI THE FROG

 

Bill And - BEN

What was their best friend called? - LITTLE WEED

 

Ivor The - ENGINE

Who was the railway engine driver? - JONES THE STEAM

 

Camberwick - GREEN

What held a secret at the start of every episode? - A MUSICAL BOX

 

Black - BEAUTY

Who wrote this 1877 novel? - ANNA SEWELL

 

Rosie And - JIM

Where did Rosie and Jim live? - ON A NARROWBOAT

 

Pinky And - PERKY

What animals were they? - PIGS

 

Daffy - DUCK

Which cartoon series did he appear in? - LOONY TUNES

 

Yogi - BEAR

Which park did he live in? - JELLYSTONE

 

Sooty And - SWEEP

Who was their Panda friend? - LITTLE SOO

 

Tis - WAS

Who was this show hosted by? - CHRIS TARRANT & SALLY JAMES

 

Bag - PUSS

What was his owner's name? - EMILY

 

Willo The - WISP

Who voiced Willo? - KENNETH WILLIAMS

 

Paddington - BEAR

Where did he come from? - DARKEST PERU

And he ate? - MARMALADE SANDWICHES

 

Grange - HILL

What was the headmistress' name? - MRS MCCLUSKY

 

Mr - BENN

What type of shop featured in this show? - COSTUME SHOP

 

Jack A - NORY

(nearest guess) How many years did this show run for? - 31 (1965-1996 with 3640 episodes)

 

Postman - PAT

Where was this show set? - GREENDALE

What was the name of his black and white cat? - JESS

 

Worzel - GUMMIDGE

Who starred in this show? - JON PERTWEE & UNA STUBBS

 

Multi Coloured - SWAPSHOP

Who presented this show? - NOEL EDMONDS, MAGGIE PHILBIN & KEITH CHEGWIN

 

Basil - BRUSH

What was his catchphrase? - BOOM BOOM!

 

Cracker - JACK

Name the presenters? - EAMONN ANDREWS 1955-64, LESLIE CROWTHER 1964-68, MICHAEL ASPEL 1968-74, ED STEWART 1975-79

 

The Adams - FAMILY

What were the character's names? - UNCLE FESTER, MORTICIA, WEDNESDAY, COUSIN ITT, LURCH, COMEZ & PUGSLEY

 

Tele - TUBBIES

What were their names? - TINKY WINKY, LAA-LAA, DIPSY & PO

 

The Clang - ERS

What was the monster called? - THE SOUP DRAGON

 

 

 

IDIOMS ABOUT CHILDREN

 

Ask members to complete the following phrases ...

 

Babe in ARMS – a very young child

 

Babe in the WOODS – a naive, defenceless, innocent young person

 

Baby - BOOMER - a child born between 1946-1964

 

Blue-eyed BOY – someone's favourite person

 

Boys will be BOYS – boys, or men, will behave in certain ways, often noisily or irresponsibly

 

Child’s PLAY – very easy and simple

 

Children should be seen and not - HEARD

 

Like a kid in a SWEET SHOP – very excited and happy about something

 

Mummy’s BOY – a man who is still very dependent on his mother

 

New kid on the BLOCK – a person who has recently joined a company, organisation, team, etc, and does not know how things work yet

 

Sleep like a BABY – if you sleep very well

 

Throw the baby out with the BATH WATER – get rid of useful things when discarding inessential things

 

Daddy's little - GIRL OR BOY - favourite child

 

 

 

A FEW NURSERY RHYMES

 

Ask members to complete the lines, again as a long term memory and recall activity

(Maybe just do a couple of these, or none at all if any members view this as being a childish activity or if you have limited time. The idea of the activity is people with dementia often have relatively well preserved long term memory, whereas their short and immediate term memory can be severely affected. If they can be helped to feel they are remembering words and phrases learned and rehearsed in earlier life it can be an uplifting experience.)

 

 

As I was going to St. Ives,

I met a man with seven WIVES,

Each wife had seven SACKS,

Each sack had seven CATS,

Each cat had seven KITS:

Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,

How many were there going to St. Ives?

Answer: ONE, THE NARRATOR

 

 

Bobby Shafto's gone to SEA,

Silver buckles at his KNEE;

He'll come back and marry ME,

Bonny Bobby Shafto!

 

Bobby Shafto's bright and FAIR,

Panning out his yellow HAIR;

He's my love for EVERMORE,

Bonny Bobby Shafto!

 

 

Cock a doodle do!

My dame has lost her SHOE,

My master's lost his FIDDLESTICK,

And knows not what to do.

 

 

Ding, dong, BELL,

Pussy’s in the WELL.

Who put her IN?

Little Johnny THIN.

Who pulled her OUT?

Little Tommy STOUT.

What a naughty boy was THAT,

To try to drown poor pussy CAT,

Who never did him any HARM,

But chased up all the mice in the farmer's BARN.

 

 

Doctor Foster went to GLOUCESTER,

In a shower of RAIN;

He stepped in a PUDDLE,

Right up to his MIDDLE,

And never went there AGAIN.

 

 

Georgie Porgie, pudding and PIE,

Kissed the girls and made them CRY,

When the boys came out to PLAY,

Georgie Porgie ran AWAY.

 

 

Goosey goosey GANDER,

Whither shall I WANDER?

Upstairs and DOWNSTAIRS

And in my lady's CHAMBER.

 

There I met an old MAN

Who wouldn't say his PRAYERS,

So I took him by his left LEG

And threw him down the STAIRS.

 

 

Hey Diddle DIDDLE,

The cat and the FIDDLE,

The cow jumped over the MOON.

The little dog LAUGHED,

To see such FUN,

And the dish ran away with the SPOON.

 

 

Hickory, dickory, DOCK.

The mouse ran up the CLOCK.

The clock struck ONE,

The mouse ran DOWN,

Hickory, dickory, DOCK.

 

 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a WALL,

Humpty Dumpty had a great FALL.

All the king's horses and all the king's MEN

Couldn't put Humpty together AGAIN.

 

 

I love little PUSSY,

Her coat is so WARM,

And if I don't hurt HER,

She'll do me no HARM.

So I'll not pull her TAIL,

Nor drive her AWAY,

But pussy and I,

Very gently will PLAY.

 

Additional lines are:

 

She shall sit by my side

And I'll give her some food;

And pussy will love me

Because I am good.

I'll pat pretty pussy,

And then she will purr;

And thus show her thanks

For my kindness to her.

 

I'll not pinch her ears,

Nor tread on her paw,

Lest I should provoke her

To use her sharp claw.

I never will vex her

Nor make her displeased:

For pussy don't like

To be worried and teased.

 

 

It's raining; it's POURING.

The old man was SNORING.

He went to bed and bumped his HEAD.

And couldn't get up in the MORNING.

 

 

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the WATERSPOUT.

Down came the RAIN

and washed the spider OUT.

Out came the SUN

and dried up all the RAIN

and the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout AGAIN.

 

 

Jack and Jill Went up the HILL

To fetch a pail of WATER

Jack fell DOWN

And broke his CROWN,

And Jill came tumbling after.

 

Up Jack got

And home did TROT,

As fast as he could CAPER;

And went to BED

And plastered his HEAD

With vinegar and brown PAPER.

 

When Jill came in

How she did GRIN

To see Jack's paper PLASTER;

Mother VEXED

Did whip her NEXT

For causing Jack's DISASTER.

 

 

Jack be nimble,

Jack be quick,

Jack jump over

The CANDLESTICK.

 

 

Ladybird, ladybird fly away HOME,

Your house is on fire and your children are GONE,

All except ONE,

And her name is ANN,

And she hid under the baking PAN.

 

 

Little Miss MUFFET

Sat on a TUFFET,

Eating her curds and WHEY;

Along came a SPIDER

Who sat down beside HER

And frightened Miss Muffet AWAY.

 

 

Mary, Mary, quite CONTRARY,

How does your garden GROW?

With silver bells, and cockle SHELLS,

And pretty maids all in a ROW.

 

 

Matthew, Mark, Luke and JOHN,

Bless the bed that I LIE ON.

Four corners to my BED,

Four angels round my HEAD;

One to watch and one to PRAY

And two to bear my soul AWAY.

 

 

Monday's child is fair of FACE

Tuesday's child is full of GRACE,

Wednesday's child is full of WOE,

Thursday's child has far to GO,

Friday's child is loving and GIVING,

Saturday's child works hard for a LIVING,

But the child who is born on the Sabbath DAY

Is bonny and blithe and good and GAY.

 

 

Oh, The grand old Duke of YORK,

He had ten thousand MEN;

He marched them up to the top of the HILL,

And he marched them down AGAIN.

And when they were up, they were UP,

And when they were down, they were DOWN,

And when they were only HALF-WAY UP,

They were neither UP NOR DOWN.

 

 

Oh, a-hunting we will GO,

A-hunting we will GO,

We'll catch a fox, and put him in a BOX,

And then we'll let him GO.

 

 

Old King Cole was a merry old SOUL,

And a merry old soul was HE;

He called for his pipe, and he called for his BOWL,

And he called for his fiddlers THREE.

Every fiddler he had a FIDDLE,

And a very fine fiddle had HE;

Oh there's none so rare, as can COMPARE,

With King Cole and his fiddlers THREE.

 

 

Ride a cock-horse to Banbury CROSS,

To see a fine lady upon a white HORSE;

Rings on her fingers and bells on her TOES,

And she shall have music wherever she GOES.

 

 

Ring-a-ring o' ROSES,

A pocket full of POSIES,

A-tishoo! A-TISHOO!

We all fall DOWN.

 

Cows in the MEADOWS

Eating BUTTERCUPS

A-tishoo! A-TISHOO!

We all jump UP.

 

 

Rub-a-dub-DUB,

Three men in a TUB,

And who do you think they BE?

The butcher, the baker, the candlestick MAKER,

And all of them out to SEA.

 

 

Simple Simon met a PIEMAN,

Going to the FAIR;

Says Simple Simon to the PIEMAN,

Let me taste your WARE.

Says the pieman to Simple SIMON,

Show me first your PENNY;

Says Simple Simon to the PIEMAN,

Indeed I have not ANY.

 

Simple Simon went A-FISHING,

For to catch a WHALE;

All the water he had GOT,

Was in his mother's PAIL.

Simple Simon went to LOOK

If plums grew on a THISTLE;

He pricked his fingers very MUCH,

Which made poor Simon WHISTLE.

He went for water in a SIEVE

But soon it all fell THROUGH

And now poor Simple SIMON

Bids you all ADIEU!

 

 

Sing a song of SIXPENCE,

A pocket full of RYE.

Four and twenty BLACKBIRDS,

Baked in a PIE.

When the pie was OPENED

The birds began to SING;

Wasn't that a dainty DISH,

To set before the KING.

The king was in his counting HOUSE,

Counting out his MONEY;

The queen was in the PARLOUR,

Eating bread and HONEY.

The maid was in the GARDEN,

Hanging out the CLOTHES,

When down came a BLACKBIRD

And pecked off her NOSE.

 

 

Sticks and stones may break my BONES,

But words will never BREAK ME.

 

 

There was an old woman who lived in a SHOE.

She had so many children, she didn't know what TO DO;

She gave them some broth without any BREAD;

Then whipped them all soundly and put them to BED.

 

 

This little piggy went to MARKET,

This little piggy stayed HOME,

This little piggy had roast BEEF,

This little piggy had NONE,

And this little piggy cried "wee wee wee" all the way HOME.

 

 

This old man, he played ONE,

He played knick-knack on my DRUM;

With a knick-knack PADDYWHACK,

Give a dog a BONE,

This old man came rolling HOME.

 

 

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, SAILOR

Rich Man, Poor Man,Beggar Man, THIEF

Doctor, Lawyer, Merchant, CHIEF

 

 

Three blind mice. Three blind mice.

See how they run. See how they run.

They all ran after the FARMER'S WIFE,

Who cut off their tails with a CARVING KNIFE,

Did you ever see such a sight in your LIFE,

As three blind mice?

 

 

What are little boys made of?

What are little boys made of?

Snips and SNAILS

And puppy-dogs' TAILS

That's what little boys are made of

 

What are little girls made of?

What are little girls made of?

Sugar and SPICE

And all things NICE

That's what little girls are made of.

 

 

Who killed Cock Robin?

I, said the Sparrow, with my BOW AND ARROW,

I killed Cock Robin.

 

Who saw him die?

I, said the Fly, with my LITTLE EYE,

I saw him die.

 

Who caught his blood?

I, said the Fish, with my LITTLE DISH,

I caught his blood.

 

Who'll make the shroud?

I, said the Beetle, with my thread and NEEDLE,

I'll make the shroud.

 

Who'll dig his grave?

I, said the Owl, with my little TROWEL,

I'll dig his grave.

 

Who'll be the parson?

I, said the Rook, with my little BOOK,

I'll be the parson.

 

Who'll be the clerk?

I, said the Lark, if it's not in the DARK,

I'll be the clerk.

 

Who'll carry the link?

I, said the Linnet, I'll fetch it in a MINUTE,

I'll carry the link.

 

Who'll be chief mourner?

I, said the Dove, I mourn for my LOVE,

I'll be chief mourner.

 

Who'll carry the coffin?

I, said the Kite, if it's not through the NIGHT,

I'll carry the coffin.

 

Who'll bear the pall?

We, said the Wren, both the cock and the HEN,

We'll bear the pall.

 

Who'll sing a psalm?

I, said the Thrush, as she sat on a BUSH,

I'll sing a psalm.

 

Who'll toll the bell?

I, said the Bull, because I can PULL,

I'll toll the bell.

 

All the birds of the air fell a-sighing and a-sobbing,

When they heard the bell toll for poor Cock Robin.

 

 

 

MUSIC QUIZ

 

It is important to remind members that these clips, remembered from childhood, are included to prompt long-term memory and recall and of course to celebrate our younger selves. Perhaps they were simpler, happier times and certainly children's TV and entertainment is very different today.

 

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST HERE

https://open.spotify.com/user/1154769589/playlist/46wXcQOMeQ7LIQ30SXld3V?si=_U23UIo2SWS6u4e9uD15mA

 

1. Introduction - Julia Lang. What was this clip the introduction to?

LISTEN WITH MOTHER

 

2. Barnacle Bill - TV Theme. Can anyone name the longest serving presenters of Blue Peter?

JOHN NOAKES (12 YEARS, 178 DAYS), PETER PURVES (10 YEARS, 127 DAYS), KONNIE HUQ (10 YEARS, 53 DAYS), VALERIE SINGLETON (9 YEARS, 304 DAYS), CHRISTOPHER TRACE (8 YEARS, 221 DAYS), SIMON GROOM (8 YEARS, 39 DAYS), MATT BAKER (7 YEARS, 1 DAY)

 

3. Banana Splits - TV Theme. Who were the costumed hosts of the show?

FLEEGLE, BINGO, DROOPER & SNORKY

 

4. Record Breakers - TV Theme. Who was the presenter and who were the adjudicators?

ROY CASTLE & NORRIS AND ROSS MCWHIRTER

Did anyone have a 'Guiness Book Of Records' given to them for Christmas?

 

5. The Waltons - TV Theme. Name the brothers and sisters?

JOHN, JASON, MARY ELLEN, ERIN, BENJAMIN, JAMES & ELIZABETH

 

6. Little House On The Prairie - TV Theme. What was the name of the family?

THE INGALLS

 

7. Adventures Of Robin Hood - TV Theme. Who was Robin's arch-enemy?

THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM

And his girlfriend?

MAID MARIAN

 

8. The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe - TV Theme. Who wrote the book?

DANIEL DEFOE

His best friend was?

MAN FRIDAY

 

9. Meet The Flintstones - TV Theme. Name the four main characters?

FRED & WILMA FLINSTONE AND BARNEY & BETTY RUBBLE

 

10. Dastardly And Muttley - TV Theme. What show did Dastardly and Muttley feature in?

THE WHACKY RACES

Can anyone do the Mutley laugh?

 

11. Take Hart - TV Theme. Who was Tony Hart's plasticine friend?

MORPH

 

12. The Magic Roundabout - TV Theme. Name the characters?

DOUGAL (DOG), ZEBEDEE (SPRING), BRIAN (SNAIL), ERMINTRUDE (COW), DYLAN (RABBIT - NAMED AFTER BOB DYLAN, FLORENCE (HUMAN), MR RUSTY (HUMAN - OPERATOR OF THE ROUNDABOUT)

 

13. Rainbow - TV Theme. Who were the main characters?

GEOFFREY, ZIPPY, BUNGLE & GEORGE

 

14. Louby Lou - TV Theme. Who was Louby Lou's friend in this 'Watch With Mother' show?

ANDY PANDY

 

15. Bill And Ben - TV Theme. Was was Bill and Ben's friend?

LITTLE WEED

 

16. The Muppet Show - TV Theme. Name the main characters?

KERMIT THE FROG, MISS PIGGY, FOZZIE BEAR, GONZO, ROWLF THE DOG, SCOOTER, PEPE THE KING PRAWN, RIZZO THE RAT, ANIMAL & WALTER

 

17. I'm Popeye The Sailor Man - TV Theme. What is Popeye's rival called?

BLUTO

What did he eat to give him energy?

SPINACH

 

18. I Taut I Taw A PuddyCat - TV Theme. What were the names of the cat and bird?

TWEETY PIE & SYLVESTER

 

19. Tom & Jerry - TV Theme. Who created this animated show?

WILLIAM HANNA & JOSEPH BARBERA

What was the name of the Bulldog?

BUTCH

 

20. Mouse Round (Mending Song) - TV Theme. Who was Bagpuss's owner?

EMILY

What animal was Professor Yaffle?

A WOODPECKER

 

22. Trumpton - TV Theme. Who were the firefighters?

PUGH, PUGH, BARNEY MCGREW, CUTHBERT, DIBBLE & GRUB

 

23. Captain Pugwash - TV Theme. Name the pirate ship?

THE BLACK PIG

True or false. Did the characters all have names which were double entendres? (For example, Roger The Cabin Boy)

FALSE (It was Tom The Cabin Boy etc)

 

24. The Pink Panther - TV Theme. Who composed the music?

HENRY MANCINI

Who played Inspector Clouseau in the films?

PETER SELLERS

 

25. The Wombling Song - TV Theme. Where did the Wombles live?

WIMBLEDON COMMON

What was their occupation or hobby?

COLLECTING LITTER

 

26. Magpie - TV Theme. Sing together... ONE FOR SORROW, TWO FOR JOY, THREE FOR A GIRL AND FOUR FOR A BOY, FIVE FOR SILVER, SIX FOR GOLD, SEVEN IS A SECRET NEVER TO BE TOLD. EIGHT'S A WISH, NINE'S A KISS, TEN IS A BIRD YOU MUST NOT MISS

 

27. Batman - TV Theme. Who were his arch enemies?

THE JOKER, THE RIDDLER & THE PENGUIN (AMONGST OTHERS)

What was his real name?

BRUCE WAYNE

 

28. Scooby Doo - TV Theme. What was the name of the vehicle?

THE MYSTERY MACHINE

And the characters?

SHAGGY, FREDDY, THELMA & DAPHNE

 

29. On White Horses - Jackie. What are white horses?

BREAKING WAVES IN THE OCEAN

 

30. Follyfoot - TV Theme. What was the name of the tree?

LIGHTNING TREE

 

31. Thunderbirds - TV Theme. Which ex-astronaut leads the International Rescue tea?

JEFF TRACY

 

 

 

ACTIVITY

 

Buy some ginger biscuit decoration kits. You can get gingerbread men, ginger bread houses or Pudsey Bear kits and ask the group to decorate them so they can be enjoyed later with a cup of tea.

 

Lay some pictures of children's TV characters on the tables so members can identify them as you go through the activities.

 

Maybe have some of the toys and games mentioned above for members to hold and play with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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