Trail blazing with the Okee Dokee Brothers

May 15, 2017 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Parent Stuff, Podcasts

There are few children’s acts as dedicated to the art of musical enlightenment when it comes to our children than the Okee Dokee Brothers.

Their unique approach in bringing honest, educated genres to our children is unparalleled and has earned them several Grammy Noninations including one win for their album Can You Canoe.

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A round of applause for the Paws. Chatting with Pevan and Sarah.

April 26, 2017 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Parent Stuff, Podcasts

Pevan and Sarah are one of Australia’s hardest working children acts.

In this interview Benny talks to Sarah Kechayas, about their beginnings on the classroom floor, taking it to the stage, and just how many ice packs are needed to play a giant Tiger.  Read more…

Battle bird have landed…and they’ve brought a robot with them.

March 24, 2017 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Parent Stuff, Podcasts

From DJ Robots to synths and Helmets, its fare to say, battle bird are bringing something new to the children music scene.

In this interview I speak with Luke Furgeson, (The older one) about their sound, what its like to collaborate with his son Elliott, and what is Space chicken exactly

Hey Hey it’s Nay Nay

March 16, 2017 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Parent Stuff, Podcasts

From her days with the wiggles and host of Nickelodians ‘Sarvo’ through to the voice of the beloved Hootabelle, Nay Nay is no stranger to the world of children’s entertainment and performance, Finally, however, she is about to step out on her own heading up her very own show, ‘tinkertime’.

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From Little to Teeny Tiny – The Stevies Get bigger Every Day

January 13, 2017 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Parent Stuff, Podcasts

 

Teeny Tiny Stevies are one of Australia’s most endearing childrens act. Their Debut album, ‘Useful Songs For Little People’, is a collection of, um…Useful songs for little people? and has marked them amongst some of Australias best writers for children. In this interview they speak at length about their sound, their topics, going to the toilet, and winning best gift ever on ‘The Project’

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Whats the deal with day care?

October 23, 2016 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Parent Stuff, Podcasts, Uncategorised

‘Whats The Deal With Day Care’

In this series I speak with teachers and Centre directors, in an attempt to demystify and to enlighten new parents to the wonderfully confusing world of Day Care. From Drop offs to Programs, the NQS (whatever that is) and ratios, I do my best to arm new parents with some facts and figures as they make the transition from caring for their child, to allowing someone else.

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The musical world at your children’s door – Gary and Carol Crees

August 26, 2016 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Parent Stuff, Podcasts

Gary and Carol Crees – Adventures in music

Gary and Carol Crees are the duo behind Sydney based Adventures in Music. Together, for almost three decades, they have  immersed themselves in your child’s daycare life providing rich multicultural content for both the children and staff alike. Read more…

The Man in The Hat comes back (Chat along with Sam Part 2)

May 27, 2016 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Parent Stuff, Podcasts

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Sam Moran is one of Australia’s most endearing and enduring children’s performers, rising up from the ashes of an apparent end to forge a new beginning with a new image, a new show, new fans and now an Aria award to boot.

In Part two of our interview, Sam talks song-writing techniques, Why themes are hard, and that his drummer is not a robot.

The Man in the Hat comes back (Chat along with Sam Part 1)

May 20, 2016 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Parent Stuff, Podcasts

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Sam Moran is one of Australia’s most endearing and enduring children’s performers, rising up from the ashes of an apparent end to forge a new beginning with a new image, a new show, new fans and now an Aria award to boot.

In Part 1 of this interview he talks openly about the trappings of being a singing and dance major in 80’s Wagga Wagga, why wrapping presents is the greatest song ever and  why his daughter probably will earn more from his songs than he will.

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BENNYS ULTIMATE ‘BIG PICTURE’ PICTURE BOOK LIST.

May 19, 2016 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Ultimate Lists, Parent Stuff, Spotlight

CHILDREN’S BOOKS WITH MESSAGE.

More and more nowadays we are seeing children’s books, and their authors, becoming increasingly self aware and using the platform to share larger ideas. Books aimed at the young are becoming somewhat of a political playing field, with societal hot topics being presented and discussed in a way the young can comprehend and understand. Some dip their toes in the pool of the condesending, labouring their message to the point of patronising, while others pitch way above their desired audience, presenting confusing abstract ideas only relevant to the parent, whose then left to unscramble the brain of the confused child.

However, there are authors out there who are, whether by shear chance, genetics or tireless observation, completely and precisely in sync with the sensibilities of a child and have provided works far beyond their initial reading. So I thought I’d share some of my favourites.

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