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Dixon and Mar Quinn (3-18-01) - Since not everyone gets
to see UK's "The Hoobs" we decided to help with a review on
the new kids series from Jim Henson Television. A lot of this information
was obtained from the two wonderful Web sites: www.hoobnet.com
of the show is to teach kids, but this show is unique since it takes it
a step further and helps children interact with their parents. The program
encourages them to work with the kid after the show is over by checking
out the Web site and doing the daily activity that corresponds with the
topic of the show. The Internet is used in such a way that a child who
does not have access wont feel left out or deprived.
Web site states that the show is based on five educational philosophies
based on five key aspects:
and understanding of the world including math
personal and social development
and aesthetic development
development and movement
shows format is pretty much the same everyday to make it easier
for kids and parents to follow. For example, there is a question that
is presented to the Hoobs everyday. Their job is to investigate and find
out the answer to report it at night on the "news". In order
to do their investigation, they usually have to get into their van and
drive to where the humans live.
have their own language which at first is difficult to understand, but
is very catchy after awhile. For instance, Hoobjuice means Hoob drink,
Hoobledigger means hug, Hoobnet, the Web, Hoobybooboo means mistake, Twizzletuft
are bits of hair or feathers on top of a Hoob's head, Twizzletuft Day
is the day a Hoob first gets his twizzletuft cut, Wrinkly peep is an older
(from hoobnet.com) is
an example of the Hoob language. For those who are not Hoob-savvy, we have
the translation to follow.
Hoobs have their own language which at first is difficult to understand,
but is very catchy after awhile.
means Hoob drink
is the Web
are bits of hair or feathers on top of a Hoob's head
Day is the day a Hoob first gets his twizzletuft cut
peep is an older person, etc.
and Groove are Hoobs who come from Hoobland, a sunny, colorful, bouncy
world. They travel the universe in their Hoobmobile, a colorful, imaginative
bus that they live in as well as drive. Each day, they are charged with
the task of finding out the answer to a question about the world they
are visiting. They then report their findings to Hubba Hubba Hoob back
home in Hoobland, who is compiling the enormous reference database called
the Hoobopaedia. This information is then broadcast to Hoobs everywhere
via the Hoobnet.
and Groove are often aided in answering the question of the day by a
visit to the Tiddlypeeps (children), who seem to be very helpful at
answering questions. The Hoobs are always amazed and surprised by their
findings, and are anxious to report the answer to the question of the
day on Hoob News.
todays investigation was on fish. At first, Iver, Tula and Groove
see fish swimming easily in the water and wonder how they do it. They
then climb into the Hoobmobile to ask the Tiddlypeeps.
the Hoobs go to ask the Tiddlypeeps there is an awesome song about the
Tiddlepeeps ("Off to See the Tiddlepeeps
" with a real
catchy tune) who explain how to hold your breathe, use a snorkel, why
fish have gills, what its like to eat seaweed, etc.
At the end
of the show they broadcast the information they have via Hoob News: the
show at the end of each episode, in which the answer to the daily question
is revealed and then over the Hoobnet. For the majority of kid shows (Barney,
Between the Lions, etc.) thats the end until the next show, but
not with The Hoobs. After the show has ended, the adults can then log
onto the Internet, go to
www.4learning.co.uk/hoobs then together go through the daily activities.
is an example from the 4Learning Web site today:
one or two of these ideas to explore with your child:
a close look at tropical fish in a tank, perhaps in a pet shop, or
at a friend's home, or on a visit to an aquarium. What colors are
the fish? Are there any with stripes or spots? How do the fish move?
Where are the gills?
some fishy movements in a safe space. Get your child to imagine they
are a shiny fish swimming slowly with fishy tail wiggling, or darting
quickly through underground rocks, or diving deep down to the sandy
seabed. Explore movement and use fishy vocabulary, e.g. shoal, coral,
a local swimming pool and help your child become familiar with the
water. Many local swimming pools offer baby and toddler classes which
introduce children gradually to the water and prepare them for swimming.
your child to become aware of the dangers as well as the enjoyment
of water. Even a small amount of water in a pond or a bath can be
hazardous. (Never leave young children unattended in or near water.)
many many more...
can then either go through the activity sheet with the child on the PC
or print it out and work on it together off-line.
are very attractive and extremely appealing to very young children. Like
the sets and the show in general, they are all very bright colors and
appear to be very enthusiastic. From Hoobnet.com, the main characters
(male) is the mover and shaker of the Hoobs. Businesslike nature,
but ready for fun at anytime.
(female) is a carefree, exuberant Hoob who seizes any opportunity to
have fun. Optimist of the crew, everything is always fine.
(male) is laid-back and never stressed out.
is the roving reporter for the Hoobs and is never actually on the Hoobmobile
with the others.
(male) is the only Hoob we know who actually lives in Hoobland. He acts
as a the search engine for the Hoob group. A parental figure, Hubba
Hubba gives the Hoobs the confidence to explore the world safely and
productively through play and experimentation.
Twang, and Timp are the Motorettes - sassy, sparky musical creatures
who work inside the engine in the Hoobmobile.
are mostly British and they include Don Austen, John Eccleston, Mark Jefferis
and Gillie Robic.
our two cents, take from it what you want. We just figured it would help
the people who didnt get to see the show understand the concept
a little better.