BLUEY, Numberblocks, Cocomelon, Hey Duggee – they're all programmes loved by children nationwide.

But what does your kids' favourite say about them?

We spoke to Dr Amanda Gummer, a research psychologist specialising in child development, about the personality traits she would expect to find in fans of the shows.

BLUEY

"Bluey is a great show for little ones," Dr Gummer said of the programme, which originally premiered in Australia.

"I always encourage parents to let their youngsters ones watch shows that positively represent people or values from different background, genders or careers. 

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"Bluey is a great example of this as the dad often stays home to look after the children while mum goes to work.   

"As an upbeat show, it’s actually great escapism for children whilst being humourous and relatable – story lines tap into real life and real family dynamics and I love the fact that it prioritises play within every episode."

NUMBERBLOCKS

"We have been blown away by the number of parents who tell us that their children love Numberblocks, and that they have been moved up a maths group  at school – the parents firmly believe it is because their kids watch Numberblocks," Dr Gummer said.

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"The Numberblocks toys have been accredited by the Good Toy Guide and we loved seeing how engaged the children got with maths concepts – it's such a brilliant example of a show that encourages learning through play."

IN THE NIGHT GARDEN

"We are firm believers in giving children a balanced play diet and In The Night Garden offers children a lovely way to calm down before bed," Dr Gummer explained.

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"The simple storylines and gentle characters promote communication skills in pre-verbal children and can be a lovely part of the bedtime routine."

Dr Gummer has worked for over 20 years to promote the value of play and positive parenting in child development, and founded the research consultancy Fundamentally Children and the consumer-facing platform Dr Gummer's Good Play Guide.



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