Tuesday, 13 September 2011

We're in a flap over Olive the Ostrich

First of all, can I say how pleased I am to tell you I'm an official Nick Jr blogger!!  See the snazzy badge over there on the right...we are officially now friends.  It's always nice to have new friends isn't it?

Secondly, I'm really pleased they asked us to review their new animated children's show 'Olive the Ostrich' which launched on Nick Jr last week. It airs every weekday at 8.15 in the morning and 6.30 in the evening.

I'm happy to report that Ruby has already taken Olive to her heart, and even after watching only two episodes, is singing along to the theme tune.

It already has a lovely 'familiar' feel to me as well. It's narrated by none other than Rolf Harris - a familiar TV face from my childhood, and it has the air of distant lands and exotic fantasies of Mr Benn that I fondly remember watching.

Olive is different to the rest of her family. She doesn't run fast or enjoy pecking in the dust, so while everyone else is busy, she literally buries her head in the sand and drifts off in a magical daydream which takes her on a different adventure each episode, with a new problem to solve.

If you look carefully at the backgrounds, you'll no doubt spot familiar items from the craft box - the scenery is made up with silver foil, corrugated card, feathers, pipe cleaners etc.  That's because the makers, in partnership with The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts selected schools from all over the UK to help make it!  Children aged between 6 and 9 were able to get involved in the process, develop storytelling skills and learn about animation and the filming process.  How cool is that?

Why not tune in and see if you and your kids love it as much as we do already.

Sponsored post: Nick Jr sent me a sample DVD and promotional material for the purposes of this review. No financial reward was received and any views expressed here are my own and are honest.


  1. I love Rolf Harris! I will have to make sure me and K make time for this. Thank you for the review.


  2. Super super cool! Nick Junior is my second favourite passtime (after Daddy's Ipad). Can we be friends so if you end up on the telly I can come along too? It would make the Bug really jealous!

  3. Ahh thanks Julia - I have a secret love for Rolf too!

    Hi Actually Mummy, how cool would that be?! x