'Children In Need' - 40th Anniversary

"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' took place on Friday 13th November 2020, hence the theme for this week's CST activities page focused on 'Children's TV'.

We asked members to attend the Zoom virtual CST session with stories about their first memories of watching TV and their favourite children's TV show.

After introductions, 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' (Matt Baker 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.

We remembered that Terry Wogan presented 'Children In Need' from 1980 to 2014. He sadly died on 31st 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'.

Note: This album was today's virtual prize.


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

Watch with - MOTHER - TV stream

We then had a more focused think about the best children's TV shows from our childhood, using the music and picture quiz below to promote memory recall and reminiscence.


Note: It is important to remind members that these clips and the following rhymes, 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.

Round 1. Watch With Mother

1. Name the TV show?

Name these three characters?

2. Name the TV show?

Name the flower?

3. Name these two singing pigs?

4. Name the 'Woodentops' dog?

5. Name the TV show?

6. Name the the TV show?

Name the three characters?

7. Name the TV show?

Name the three characters?

8. SONG. 'Puff The Magic Dragon', Peter Paul And Mary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7lmAc3LKWM

Having heard the song, what was the little boy's name?

ROUND 2. Animated

9. Name these two characters? Can anyone do the dog's laugh?

10. Name these two characters?

11. Name the character?

12. Name the train?

13. Which 'Carry On' actor narrated 'Willo The Wisp'?

14. Name these two characters?

15. Name this cat?

Here is the TV theme tune - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bii-PIGprv8

16. 'Morningtown Ride', The Seekers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llbhqwTHsWE

Which BBC Radio 4 comedy featured a pointless game called 'Morningtown Crescent'?

ROUND 3. Puppets

17. What was Basil Brush's catchphrase?

18. Name these three characters?

19. Name these alien creatures?

Which monster lived underground?

20. Name the cat and her owner?

21. Name the TV show?

Name these two characters?

22. Name the TV show?

Name these four characters?

23. Name the TV show?

TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMl6HnhFFIA

24. SONG. 'The Monkees', TV Theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKs43dHBSWA

What were their names?

ROUND 4. Identify The Person

25. Name the TV show?

Name these two presenters?

26. Name the TV presenter and his puppet?

27. Name the TV show?

Name these two presenters?

28. Name the TV show?

Name these three presenters?

29. Name this artist and his puppet?

30. Name the TV show?

Name these two presenters?

31. Complete this song from 'Magpie'? "One for sorrow,

Two for -

Three for a -

Four for a -

Five for -

Six for -

Seven for a secret -

32. SONG. 'Lily The Pink', The Scaffold - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7pHDoJrrzA

What was their other Top 10 hit, which was used to advertise 'Roses'?

ROUND 5. TV & Film

33. Name the film?

Name the Station Master (actor)?

34. Name the island (lots of us made one)?

TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YyTfxeJxvQ

35. Name these two characters?

TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kK4H-LkrQjQ

36. Name the TV show?

Who wrote the book in 1877?

TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flvxbw8YYM8

37. Name the TV show?

Who wrote the book in 1719?

TV theme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE10msGsCn4

38. Name the TV show?

Name the two actors?

39. 'The Wombling Song', The Wombles - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWQMMPFtoG4

Which 'Uncle' is named in the song?

40. FINAL SONG. 'The Greatest Love', Whitney Houston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYzlVDlE72w

Complete the titles of some of her other hit songs:

Saving All My Love *** ***

How Will I ****

I Wanna Dance With ********

One Moment In ****

I Will Always Love ***


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.


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?


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


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


A-tishoo! A-TISHOO!

We all jump UP.


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.


1. 'Andy Pandy'

Louby Loo, Andy Pandy & Teddy

2. 'Bill And Ben'

Little Weed

3. 'Pinky & Perky'

4. Spotty Dog

5. 'Pogles' Wood'

6. 'Hector's House'

Zsa Zsa, Hector & Miss Kiki

7. 'The Magic Roundabout'

Florence, Dougal & Zebedee

8. Little Jackie Paper

9. 'Dick Dastardly & Mutley'

10. 'Roobarb & Custard'

11. 'Mr Benn'

12. 'Ivor The Engine'

13. Kenneth Williams

14. Fred Flintstone & Barny Rubble

15. 'The Pink Panther'

16. 'Sorry I Haven't A Clue', hosted by Jack Dee

17. "Boom Boom!"

18. Soo, Sooty & Sweep

19. 'The Clangers'

The Soup Dragon

20. 'Bagpuss' & Emily

21. 'The Muppets'

Kermit The Frog & Miss Piggy

22. 'Rainbow'

George, Bungle, Zippy & Geoffrey

23. 'The Banana Splits'

24. Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork & Davy Jones

25. 'Multi Coloured Swap Shop'

Keith Chegwin & Noel Edmonds

26. Phillip Schofield & Gordon The Gopher

27. 'Record Breakers'

Roy Castle & Cheryl Baker

28. 'Blue Peter'

Peter Purvis, Valerie Singleton & John Noakes

29. Tony Hart & Morph

30. 'Tiswas'

Chris Tarrant & Sally James

31. One for - Sorrow

Two for - Joy

Three for a - Girl

Four for a - Boy

Five for - Silver

Six for - Gold

Seven for a secret - Never to be told

32. 'Thank You Very Much'

33. 'The Railway Children'

Bernard Cribbins

34. Tracy Island

35. 'Batman And Robin'

36. 'Black Beauty'

Anna Sewell

37. 'Robinson Crusoe'

Daniel Defoe

38. 'Worzel Gummidge

Jon Pertwee & Una Stubbs

39. Uncle Bulgaria

40. Saving All My Love - For You

How Will I - Know

I Wanna Dance With - Somebody

One Moment In - Time

I Will Always Love - You

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About Me

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

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


He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested 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. 


The main aim of this website is to share 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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