When our preview copy arrived in the post, we tore it open and cleared some space in the living room so we could dance around without any heads being bumped. M (aged 3.5, going on 14) actually knows the ZingZillas show and revelled in the opportunity to educate us all about which characters we resembled most, and which instruments we should be playing. She was of course Panzee because she is, in her own words, "the most beautiful and the most girly".
Without obvious actions or recognisable nursery rhymes, the little one (aged 2) was a little lost, but still happy to be bossed around by his big sister and duly pretended to be Tang and strum his 'guitar' (a lemon yellow ukulele) as per her orders.Their favourites by a mile were Do you Didgeridoo, Bhangra Beat, Boogie Woogie Bubbly Time and Litter, Litter, Litter. The lack of visual cues pushes the suitable ages for this album up a little - while the show itself suits preschoolers, we felt that most of the songs on the ZingZillas album would appeal more to slightly older children, probably from age 4 upwards.
|The ZingZillas creating fun original music|
That said, it's not designed to be background music - this sort of album is designed to be enjoyed, actively listened to, and to provide the backdrop for some fun music-inspired imaginative play. We'd recommend you dig out all the random little instruments the kids have received over the years as presents, or spend the afternoon making homemade musical instruments (empty bisto jars part-filled with lentils or rice make for great shakers), warm up your voices with some silly yodelling, and switch the ZingZillas CD on. You'll soon find that the kids are asking all about didgeridoos, and rocking out with their very first air guitar. You can even get the kids to dress up and put on a show while you sit back with a cup of tea.
Good fun for the whole family, and worth a listen.
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Rating: 4 out of 5.
Images used with permission from BBC Worldwide.