Win a Party with Play School – 50th Birthday Collection DVD pack

There’s Bernard Fanning in there
And Delta Goodrem as well
Hamish and Andy play games
And Tim Minchin has stories to tell
Open wide
Come inside
It’s 50 years of Play School!

I took a trip down memory lane over the weekend while the girls and I cuddled up on the couch to watch Party with Play School: 50th Birthday Collection.

We’re hardcore Play School fans in this house. Play School was a seriously BIG DEAL for me in the 80s. I loved to sing along with my favourites Noni, John and Benitta and would sit on the edge of my seat begging the presenters to look behind the arch window (known to me as the rainbow window) each episode.

Meanwhile, our two daughters are equally obsessed. Noni and John may have been replaced with Justine and Alex or Karen and Teo, but the recipe is the same – and we love it!

And while I loved Play School as a kid, I love it even more as an adult. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve thanked God for Play School. Hot tip: If you want 30 minutes of peace and quiet from the kids, switch on ABC KIDS at 3.30pm!

The Party with Play School DVDs, definitely kept us entertained last weekend. The two-DVD pack includes the Big Ted’s Excellent Adventure: 50 Years of Play School documentary and the Famous Friends DVD.

We popped Famous Friends into the DVD player first and I excitedly pointed out to the girls who everyone was.

‘That’s Hamish and Andy,’ I said.

‘They’re funny guys from the radio.’

‘Hamish is a bit ‘cwanky’, announced Miss Four.

‘He’s just trying to help Andy fix his bucket!’ said Miss Six jumping to his defense.

‘Ooh Charlie Pickering,’ I said.

‘I love Charlie. He’s very clever and funny too. Oh bless, it’s good ol’ Molly Meldrum … ahh Katie Noonan, I went to school with her, you know. Ahh her voice!’

The three of us sat mesmerised watching the DVD, getting up for a boogie every now and then.

We ended up watching the DVD in a few sessions because there are quite a few episodes to get through.

At the end of the DVD, I asked the girls who their favourite hosts were.  Drum roll please …

‘The rainbow girl you went to school with (Katie Noonan), the Diddam daddam waddam choo girl (Missy Higgins), Old Mother Hubbard (Magda Subanksi), Delta (of course) and the silly men (Umbilical Brothers).’

Funnily enough, they also loved the Play School hosts from my era – Benitta, Don and John. It looks like the still have it!!

Party with Play School giveaway
I’m thrilled to share some Party with Play School love with you today. ABC is kindly giving away a Party with Play School: 50th Birthday Collection pack to two lucky Mummy, Wife, Me readers.

Win a Party with Play School pack

Party with Play School features the Big Ted’s Excellent Adventure: 50 Years of Play School documentary and the Famous Friends DVD.

Big Ted’s Excellent Adventure: 50 Years of Play School, presented by Kate Ritchie, is a nostalgic journey through half a century of Play School while charting 50 years of the nation’s social history. Well known Australians share their personal memories of the show, alongside anecdotes from past and present Play School presenters.

The Famous Friends DVD is a collection of mini-episodes featuring a star-studded line up of popular Australian personalities turning their hand at being a Play School presenter, entertaining viewers with a familiar Play School song or story.

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Terms and Conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).

– This giveaway closes at 12am AEST on Wednesday 7 December.

– Winners will be contacted via email on Thursday 8 December.

– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.

Mummy, Wife, Me received a Party with Play School DVD pack in exchange for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

 Linking up today with Kylie Purtell for IBOT.

71 comments on Win a Party with Play School – 50th Birthday Collection DVD pack

  1. Robyna | the Mummy and the Minx
    November 22, 2016 at 5:49 am (11 months ago)

    I vividly remember shelling peas with my mum and watching play school as a toddler. One of those very early memories. So lovely you are sharing that with your munchkins.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:57 pm (11 months ago)

      What a lovely memory, Robyna.

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  2. inthegoodbooksblog
    November 22, 2016 at 5:51 am (11 months ago)

    As a young girl, I really liked watching Benita. She always had a smile on her face, and I enjoyed seeing her.
    My daughters like Teo, but when my Miss 6 was younger and couldn’t pronounce her words properly, she would point to the tv and say “Toenail.” Now, all three of my daughter call him “Toenail.” Poor Teo!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm (11 months ago)

      Lol. Ahh poor Toenail.

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  3. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    November 22, 2016 at 5:53 am (11 months ago)

    What a wonderful prize!! So Australian.
    I loved the 50th Birthday exhibition at the National Museum. Brought back so many memories. I love Play School because it spans so many generations. Three in my house alone going from my Play School days. to my kids to my grand daughter. I would LOVE to win this for our lovely little Lola for Christmas. That’s if I can pry her away from Paw Patrol for long enough …
    Thanks for the competition!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm (11 months ago)

      Haha, yes Paw Patrol is a big favourite here too!

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  4. Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    November 22, 2016 at 5:57 am (11 months ago)

    I used to love love Play school when I was little and it’s amazing to think that is has touched so many generations.

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  5. JF Gibson
    November 22, 2016 at 6:04 am (11 months ago)

    I absolutely loved Play School growing up! Sadly, my kids were never into it though.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:43 pm (11 months ago)

      Oh what a shame!!

      Reply
  6. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    November 22, 2016 at 6:16 am (11 months ago)

    I loved Play School when I was a kid, I wonder how the Australian and British Play Schools compare. I might need to investigate…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:43 pm (11 months ago)

      Yes, I wonder. They had it in NZ too.

      Reply
  7. claire
    November 22, 2016 at 7:29 am (11 months ago)

    gorge from playschool was my all time best loved host. Playschool encourages every kid to save up all their old toilet paper rolls and cereal boxes and have fun

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:44 pm (11 months ago)

      Haha! So true 🙂

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  8. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    November 22, 2016 at 7:58 am (11 months ago)

    John was always my favourite but it is only now as I have “grown up” that I can get his jokes! I loved the Big Ted’s Excellent Adventure show. Laughed all the way through.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:45 pm (11 months ago)

      They were both just so great. They did an awesome job of them both.

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  9. Emmelena
    November 22, 2016 at 8:25 am (11 months ago)

    I liked Noni and did find it rather funny now that I’m a mother myself, when I saw her youtube video with her reading the book ‘Go the $*”$ to sleep.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:45 pm (11 months ago)

      Lol. Yes, I loved that too!

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  10. Robyn B
    November 22, 2016 at 8:35 am (11 months ago)

    Love it Renee! What a great post 😊 Play school is such a great institution in Australia and it is fantastic that it has truly stood the test of time. I have loved watching the 50th Birthday celebrations on tv and everyone getting in on the act so to speak. Even more so love that so many years on my little Miss A loves it too. Justine is quite popular in our household and particularly we love songs about rainbows and colours. We love watching all the presenters sing the wonderful songs and entertain another generation of little people. Well Done to ABC and Playschool! ❤️️

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:48 pm (11 months ago)

      Thanks Robyn!! We are huge Justine fans here also. You just can’t go wrong with rainbows and bumble bees. Oops hang on, now I’m singing ‘Doin it. Doin it. Making your garden grow’ 🙂

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  11. Jasmine Nelson
    November 22, 2016 at 11:02 am (11 months ago)

    I loved Noni Hazlehurst. She was like Morgan Freeman, who would narrate my childhood life 🙂

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:48 pm (11 months ago)

      Haha! I love it!

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  12. Jade O
    November 22, 2016 at 11:02 am (11 months ago)

    Benita was always my favourite. As soon as I heard her voice I would run to the TV and squeal wit delight. Such a childhood institution!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm (11 months ago)

      I have only just realised now when I look back what awesome hair she had. Totally epic!

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  13. Kylie Purtell
    November 22, 2016 at 12:43 pm (11 months ago)

    Oh my good ness, I would LOVE to win this! I don’t often come across giveaways these days where I think “I NEED to win this” but this is one of them! We are massive Play School fans here, we have DVDs, CDs, apps, games, puzzles, toys, you name it, and we went to the Play School concert last month too, it was so good! My favourite presenter was always either Bettina or Don, and I love that the 40th anniversary CD of Play School songs we have features all of them, plus the new presenters too. Not that long ago we used to listen to that CD twice daily, and Punky and I would sing and do all the actions while baby Zee watched and laughed at us. Play School was also the only way I got a rest when I was heavily pregnant with Zee, the TV would go on at 3:30pm and I knew that 18-month old Punky would be entertained long enough for me to lie down on the lounge and close an eye! Even now it’s the one thing I know I can put on when I need half an hour to do something and it will hold their attention the whole time. The girls favourites are Teo and now Rachel because she was at the Play School concert last month.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:50 pm (11 months ago)

      Oh I love that you guys love them so much! We’ve seen Alex twice and I secretly think he’s the best. He gives it his all. That’s for sure!! It’s such a great show for kids and adults. The ABC is spot on with that 3.30pm time slot.

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  14. Nicole @ The Builder's Wife
    November 22, 2016 at 3:18 pm (11 months ago)

    I absolutely loved playschool both when I was young and when I watched it with my kids. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:51 pm (11 months ago)

      Timeless good TV 🙂

      Reply
  15. Amanda
    November 22, 2016 at 3:48 pm (11 months ago)

    Does Big Ted or Jemima count?! No seriously I always loved Noni Hazelhurst as a presenter – she felt like a comforting hug from mum, familiar and gentle.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:51 pm (11 months ago)

      Lol! Yes, she was/is just so lovely as a presenter.

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  16. Janet Camilleri aka Middle Aged Mama
    November 22, 2016 at 4:29 pm (11 months ago)

    Big Play School fans here too! I remember being thoroughly ticked off as a 2 1/2 year old in July 1969 when I couldn’t watch Play School because of some stupid moon landing that my mum and the neighbour were glued to?! John Hambleton (I think that was his name) was still a host when my kids were watching it in the mid 90’s, love how he not only entertained the kids but also the parents with his oh-so-subtle innuendoes!

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  17. Lauren @ Create Bake Make
    November 22, 2016 at 4:59 pm (11 months ago)

    My sister and I both LOVED Play School when we were growing up and Benita and John (closely followed by George) were our favourite presenters just because they seemed to have so much fun and always entertained us. My kids don’t really have a favourite presenter, they are entertained by anyone to be honest, but I must admit I will sit down and watch when Eddie Perfect is on !

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm (11 months ago)

      Haha! Yes, I do too 🙂

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  18. Nicola James
    November 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm (11 months ago)

    Noni, and it used to amuse me years later when I would see her in my local supermarket pushing her trolley just like me!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm (11 months ago)

      Lol! How funny 🙂

      Reply
  19. Scott Crumlin
    November 22, 2016 at 8:05 pm (11 months ago)

    Noni was like a Mum who was always smiling and I just wanted to give her a hug, especially when any food was made like biscuits or anything!

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  20. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    November 23, 2016 at 6:24 am (11 months ago)

    Play School is such a quality show. My youngest used to religiously watch it every day. Now she’s at school, she’s not as into it but we did enjoy catching some of the 50th birthday episodes when they were aired earlier this year. What fun!

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  21. Belinda Moxey
    November 23, 2016 at 11:02 am (11 months ago)

    Jay Laga’aia is our favourite because my daughter thinks he’s funny, and loves his songs. She even has one of his CD’s

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  22. Emily Toxward
    November 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm (11 months ago)

    We had different presenters in NZ, which I’m sure Dave will tell you. I love Manu, she was a cool Maori doll! xx

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  23. Sarah
    November 24, 2016 at 8:21 am (11 months ago)

    I always loved Benita. I loved the arch window too! I loved the flower clock more than the rocket clock.

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  24. Sarahmary
    November 24, 2016 at 2:09 pm (11 months ago)

    NONI! Just hearing her voice brings back happy childhood memories of big ted and the rocket clock. She has a great bond with children.

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  25. Emily
    November 25, 2016 at 9:03 am (11 months ago)

    PICK ME PICK ME!! What a great prize!
    That isn’t my entry. Here comes my actual entry.

    I adored John and Benita. John just seemed so cheeky (although I didn’t realise exactly how cheeky until I rewatched some clips as an adult!) and Benita seemed like every good schoolteacher you’d ever had combined with your favourite aunt combined with that lovely strange old lady at the supermarket who always sneaked you lollies. In hindsight, I also love Philip, because who doesn’t love Javert singing “I’m a train, I’m a chooka-train yeah”?!

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  26. Amelia
    November 25, 2016 at 8:17 pm (11 months ago)

    Benita. She was so like the lovely, singing pre-school teacher that every impressionable young girl falls in love with. These days, I’m a bit more partial to Eddie Perfect…

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  27. Daniela Barbaro
    November 26, 2016 at 6:49 am (11 months ago)

    Bernita, I still remember that episode where she built a cardboard plane and sat in the box and sang Up in the air I fly….zoom zoom zoom zoom zoom
    I was four and I’m 34 today but it’s a darn good memory

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  28. Lauren P
    November 28, 2016 at 2:11 pm (11 months ago)

    I loved Benita, I wanted hair like hers and even dressed up as her for the Peddlers Parade at the school fair. I happened to see her at the local fish and chip shop a few months back she hasn’t aged a bit!

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  29. Bec Senyard
    November 29, 2016 at 12:55 pm (11 months ago)

    I loved watching Playschool and my girls love watching it too. I always loved John as a kid. These days when I watch it with the girls, I do like seeing Hugh Sheridan on there.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 29, 2016 at 9:18 pm (11 months ago)

      Yes, I like him too. He’s got the moves 🙂

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  30. Ben Travia
    November 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm (11 months ago)

    Noni Hazlehurst. She is the presenter that appears in my mind when I think of Playschool. Iconic, caring, she taught me many a song.

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  31. Andrea
    December 1, 2016 at 5:57 am (11 months ago)

    Big Playschool fans in our house! My old school favourites were Benita and little John (Hamblin, John Waters I think was on as well but he was a bit more serious to my memory…)
    My kids love the dancing but their absolute favourite is when the presenters do craft, and appear to stick bits and pieces willy-nilly all over a box, and it miraculously turns into a castle or boat or tree or plane! Master 4 begged me to do craft recently (unusual, to say the least) and proceeded to stick coloured paper, glitter, shapes and whatnot to a tissue box, all the while narrating very seriously what he was doing, with a final flourish of ‘and there you have a box for, um, whatever you want it for!’ I may have laughed. Possibly a job for him there in future, cross fingers Playschool runs another 50 years!

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  32. Sharon Markwell
    December 1, 2016 at 8:41 am (11 months ago)

    John Waters or Noni Hazelhurst – sorry, but I cannot choose because they were both SO much fun, and both crazy.

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  33. Laura Power
    December 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm (11 months ago)

    Noni Hazelhurst without a doubt one of Play School’s most memorable faces, and I’m pretty sure I can tell the time thanks to her! 😀

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  34. Katherine F
    December 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm (11 months ago)

    Andrew McFarlane. Handsome and still dashing, he’s now engaging yet another generation, showing that age really is no barrier!!

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  35. Kristina S
    December 4, 2016 at 3:50 pm (11 months ago)

    John & Betina were great, they had so much fun you couldn’t help but have fun with them

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  36. Claire M
    December 4, 2016 at 6:54 pm (11 months ago)

    Monica was always my favourite. I used to watch it in the early 90s

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  37. Kirsty
    December 5, 2016 at 7:39 pm (11 months ago)

    I think Benita Collings is one of the most Patient, Creative, Energetic women to have rocked our TV screens. Her Play School talents have spanned over 30 years and I appreciate her now probably even more than when as I did when I was a kid. Kids can be a tough crowd at times but she has little eyes glued to the screen, getting them jumping around and searching the house for bits and pieces to stick together – GO BENITA! Enjoy your well earned retirement!

    I have to also confess I was a huge Alex Papps fan when he was on Home and Away. We recently went to a Play School concert where I got to met him, he said Hello and I froze, totally star struck and I’m 30 something! 🙂 The kids had to do all the talking 🙂

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  38. Mel S
    December 5, 2016 at 8:48 pm (11 months ago)

    I love Jay Laga’aia as he a voice that is so calming it sends my daughter off to sleep so easily. My kids love Jay Laga’aia because at other times he has a voice that is so loud, uplifting and that it makes them what get up and stomp around. Love the happy vives that Jay brings to the show and our lives.

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  39. Fayesie POLLARD
    December 5, 2016 at 10:28 pm (11 months ago)

    NONI WAS MY FAVOURITE.. THE WAY HER EYES CRINKLED WHEN SHE READ A STORY SHOWED SHE WAS ENJOYING EVERY MOMENT OF THE STORY TOO… SUPER PRESENTER…

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  40. madelaine howe
    December 6, 2016 at 12:19 am (11 months ago)

    george I also loved his solo album!!

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  41. Jessica Craig
    December 6, 2016 at 1:29 am (11 months ago)

    love playschool

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  42. Jessica Craig
    December 6, 2016 at 1:29 am (11 months ago)

    lovely website

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  43. Ashley Beech
    December 6, 2016 at 7:10 am (11 months ago)

    I loved Noni growing up, she just had a kind gentle nature and was a familiar person to me from Better Homes and Garden (I think).

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  44. Tracy
    December 6, 2016 at 7:39 am (11 months ago)

    John was so funny, both as a kid and now as an adult. Sometimes I wonder how he managed to actually film an episode without having a laughing fit!

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  45. Mikaela C
    December 6, 2016 at 10:21 am (11 months ago)

    I loved Noni Hazlehurst,
    she was there for me everyday,
    her soothing voice is what made play school great!

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  46. Tania De Azevedo
    December 6, 2016 at 2:01 pm (11 months ago)

    I love the guest starts and I love that it is enjoyable for parents to watch – lots of ideas to entertain the kids

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  47. Jean P
    December 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm (11 months ago)

    I couldn’t just pick one play school presenter to be our favourite. When School’s opening song starts it’s all part of the fun that the kids and I have a guess at who is going to make an appearance that day. We love Play School and each and every presenter brings excitement and idea to our day.

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  48. Melinda Bolitho
    December 6, 2016 at 7:47 pm (11 months ago)

    I loved John, he was very funny and I remember even Mum would laugh at him!

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  49. Judith Senese
    December 6, 2016 at 8:52 pm (11 months ago)

    When I was younger I loved Noni Hazlehurst. Then when my middle son was younger he had his first crush on Justine Clarke, he had just about organised their wedding.

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  50. Michelle
    December 6, 2016 at 10:05 pm (10 months ago)

    I liked John he was entertaining.

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  51. Candice Milner
    December 6, 2016 at 10:19 pm (10 months ago)

    I always loved Noni. Loved the way she used expressions in her voice when she read stories. And I still love the way she reads ones for adults now too. Can’t let the kids hear those ones though!

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