July 21, 2015 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Kids Talk, Original Videos, Parent Stuff

As a pre-school teacher you’re often privy to some pretty unique conversations

One particularly enlightening conversation I found myself in was with some of my 4 year olds as they discussed families, or more importantly, what made up a family.

A spark was lit and the “Family Song” was conceived.

I put out a request to friends, fans and family:  ‘Please film your family with your mobile phone and send me the clip’.

Many months later, and with the help of many people, a music video clip was compiled from family footage from all four corners of the globe.

Its about everything I could of hoped it would be, and what’s better, I think we’ve all done a good job representing those kids who may sometimes have to look a little wider to find representation.

And to be totally honest (if I have to) it was sort of the point of the song in the first place.

So please take a moment to sit down with your family and enjoy the fruits of many peoples labour.

From Freetown to London, New York to Redfern … this is “The Family Song” … hope you dig it.



If You’re Not Looking At Me

0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Original Videos

‘If You’re Not Looking At Me’  from the forth-coming Benny Time album ‘What a Beautiful day’.

Filmed with the help of my friends – Natalia, Julian and Noam – we hope its just what the doctor ordered.

Did someone say jump?

Don’t mind if I do….

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First Nation celebration. Our Kids are in good hands

June 25, 2015 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Podcasts

Tanya Orman


Tanya Denning-Orman is station Manager for NITV, Australia’s premier Indigenous network.

In this interview she talks about Jarjums, NITV’s children’s programming, its success, its future and its battles, not to mention the greatest show ever made, Move It Mob Style

With first nation content from around the globe, Jarjums is a breath of fresh air in the share house of children’s content and in just two short years has created and continues to create, programming worthy of all its accolades and adoration.

From instructional Hip Hop to plasticine people, Jarjums has got you covered thanks to Tanya.



June 15, 2015 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Books books books

‘Books books books, everywhere you look” – Justine Clarke

She’s right you know, there are books everywhere you look and being able to decipher the good from exceedingly average takes persistence and practice. However, if you’re a parent, chances are you lack time for either.

So I’ve fast tracked the hard work and am giving you my ULTIMATE hints in buying good books

Drum roll please…

1) Super Markets are good for food.

super market

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From Presidents of the USA to king of the baby faced, chris ballew continues to rule

June 9, 2015 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Podcasts

Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants

Chris Ballew is probably better known to most as the front man for tongue in cheek rockers, Presidents of the United States of America.

However, to a growing fan base of miniature adults, he is known only as Caspar Babypants, the mad capped purveyor of timeless tunes such as Stompy the Bear, Mr Rabbit Mr Rabbit and The tree stump hotel.

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May 27, 2015 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Ultimate Lists


None of us have the time for me to sit and list the benefits of construction, but trust and believe me when I say…CONSTRUCTION RULES. From maths and science, social and emotional, problem solving, confidence, trial and error, and pure enjoyment, there are few activities and events that rival the excitement in a child when this stuff is thrown out on a matt. There are approximately a billion brilliant toys to choose from but here I have listed 5 of the ones I personally have seen kids lose there cool over.

Side note: I have left lego out of this list intentionally. Hey, there’s a movie about the stuff. Me thinks they be doin’ fine without my endorsement.



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Big Ted to Little Justine. Peter takes us behind the scenes

May 22, 2015 0 Comments AUTHOR: jakebus CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Podcasts

Peter Dasent

Peter Dasent – Musician

Peter Dasent may not be a name bantered around the dinner table much but guaranteed his music has caused many a conversation.

As piano player on Play School, Peter was introduced to Justine Clarke… and the rest is current history.

It’s a small club that holds gold and platinum records in the children’s market, but Peter, through the voice of Justine, has given our children some of their greatest music ever.

today in ‘Parent Time’, Peter talks openly about Play School, meeting Justine, and the creation of one of the greatest children’s tunes of all time…..watermelon

All hail Mr Dasent.