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BBC Two England

Play School

A programme for children at home.

This week the presenters are Rick Jones, who is a very good guitarist, and Beryl Roques, actress wife of scriptwriter Dick Vosburgh. Today they will be making 'a contraption'; on Tuesday they will be dressing up with Rick as a magician. On that day there will probably be a chance to see a picture book as well. There will be lots of pets around on Wednesday; and on Thursday - imagination day - you can look through the window. Friday is science day, and there will be an experiment.
(to 11.30)
BBC Two England

Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.

This is another farming week with traditional and new country games and songs and a real tractor in Play School. Eric Thompson grew up in the country and has brought the world he knew as a child into the scripts he has prepared for himself and his wife Phyllida Law.
A new feature appears on Thursday - the felt pens Skitter, Hope, and Camberley, who give shape to their dreams with thick lines, thin lines, and spots.
The week's visitor is Eileen Colwell, pioneer of children's libraries and queen of storytellers. She will tell favourite stories she has told before, and Tuesday's picture-book will be "Old Winkle and the Seagulls" by Gerald Rose.
Repeated on BBC-1 at 1.30
(to 11.25)
BBC Two England

Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
In the story chair, Brian Wildsmith

As this is Bank Holiday week and the end of the summer holidays, Play School is featuring seashells of all kinds and showing different games that can be played with them.
Brian Wildsmith is in the story chair again talking about animal pictures of long ago-the Lascaux cave paintings-and works by Pisanello and Rousseau. There will be another dip into the picture book 'This Is London', exploring the Cockney world within the sound of Bow Bells rather than the grander landmarks of the conventional tour.
(to 11.25)
BBC Two England

Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
In the story chair, Enid Lorimer
Repeated on BBC-1 at 1.30

As it's apple-picking time there's a lot about apples in Play School this week, including a retelling of the legend of the Golden Apples of the Hesperides. The picture book is the story of Babar, and Enid Lorimer returns to tell three true stories about things that happened to her when she was a child. She remembers a circus horse who liked hoops, a special doll's cradle, and the day she lost her sunhat.
On Monday you can find out how to make a ladder out of newspaper, and Friday's experiment shows how powerful your lungs can be.
(to 11.25)
BBC Two England

Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
In the story chair, Charles Leno
Repeated on BBC-1 at 1.35

Charles Leno tells three stories about a pair of identical twins. And 'pairs' is the subject of a guessing game. What goes with King? Queen.
Kings and Queens themselves feature in this week's choice of poems - Wednesday's highlight being The King's Breakfast with a real cow. And this is followed on Thursday by an experiment with butter-making.
Dressing up on Tuesday should be an occasion because on the pegs there will be costumes from 200 years ago-to accompany the picture-book story, The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter.
(to 11.25)
BBC Two England

Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
In the story chair, Philip Bate

Every day this week Play School starts with a Lucky Dip-and Phyllida Law and Gordon Clyde really don't know beforehand what to expect in each surprise packet.
Tuesday is the highlight of the week with the story of Christopher Columbus to celebrate his Day. In contrast, Thursday's picture-book is 'The Sun Egg', a modern Swedish fairy tale by Elsa Beskow which was shown last April. Philip Bate will be sitting in the visitor's chair again, wearing that special red waistcoat for storytelling.
(to 11.25)
BBC Two England

Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
In the story chair, Eileen Colwell

In Play School this week Valerie Pitts and Rick Jones will present a different musical instrument, each day - and on Friday they will make an experiment with sound.
Tuesday's Picture Book is The Bio Rain, written and illustrated by Francoise, and the story on Thursday will be an adventure of Skitter, Hope, and Camberley. Eileen Colwell, pioneer of children's libraries, is this week's storyteller.
(to 11.25)
BBC Two England

Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
In the story chair, Enid Lorimer

This week Julie Stevens and a new presenter, Colin Jeavons, are in Play School. Enid Lorimer returns as the visiting storyteller with three true stories from Australia where she lived for many years.
Tuesday's picture book is Ameliaranne and the Green Umbrella, and on Thursday Skitter, Hope, and Camberley, the three pen-men, draw themselves a journey.
(to 11.25)
BBC Two England

Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
In the story chair, Ian Wallace

Ian Wallace returns to Play School this week and after each story he sings a favourite song.
On Monday Phyllida Law uses items from the Useful Box to make the first Christmas decorations and on Friday she ices the Christmas cake. Tuesday's picture book is The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter.
(to 11.25)
BBC Two England

Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.

This is Play School's Christmas week. The Picture Book on Monday comes from Norway and is called 'The Town that Forgot it was Christmas'. But Play School has not forgotten. During the rest of the week Ronald Eyre will be telling again the story of the First Christmas; and on Friday Julie Stevens and Eric Thompson light the last of the candles on the Christmas-is-coming ring. And they wish you a merry Christmas from everyone in Play School.
(to 11.25)
BBC Two England

Play School: Useful Box Day

A programme for children at home.
In the story chair, Bunty Gunn

The week begins with a Boxing Day tea party for Hamble, Jemima, big and little Teddy, and Humpty Dumpty - who eats too much, as usual; and there is a visit to a castle, through one of the windows. Tuesday's picture book is "Biquette the White Goat"; and on Thursday Colin Jeavons retells the adventure of Henry Hatter, the hat man. On Friday the toys make their New Year Resolutions.
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