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Top tips for the grandest of parents

 September 2005
Jakers! logo Celebrate Grandparent's Day with Jakers!

Jakers! brings the spirit and warmth of Grandparent’s Day alive on Saturday, 24th September 2005

Take a leaf out of Grandpa Piggley’s storybook and celebrate Grandparent’s Day in the best way possible this year with Entara’s animated series Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, for 3-6 year olds, on BBC2.

By celebrating the art of storytelling and the joy of childhood adventures, Jakers! demonstrates the importance of encouraging children to learn from their own experiences as well as those of others, especially grandparents. As Jakers! series star, Grandpa Piggley,

regales his contemporary, city-dwelling grandpigs with stories from his childhood spent on Raloo Farm in 1950s Ireland, he strengthens the bond between generations and gently imparts important life lessons along the way.

Keeping youngsters entertained is no mean feat, so to help you become an even better grandparent, Jakers! has 10 top tips to help you along the way. So, don’t be surprised when, as a result, on Grandparent’s Day you get spoiled rotten for being just the best grandparent in the world!

1. Have you heard the one about…: Take a cue from Grandpa Piggley and retell a fun or interesting story from your childhood.

2. Cooking up a tradition: Grandpa Piggley’s native Ireland is home to Irish Soda Bread and Irish Stew – dust off the old recipe book, and cook a favourite meal with your grandchildren.

3. Bored of Playstation? On a rainy day, spend a fun-filled afternoon around the table playing a favourite card or board game with the whole family.

4. Once upon a time: locate a copy of your favourite story as a child, and tell it to your grandchildren.

5 . Trip down memory lane: Take your grandchildren on mini family holidays and visit the places where you lived, grew up or spent time – a perfect starting point for making discoveries about one another!

6 . Picture this: Pull out the photo albums and take your grandchildren on a visual getaway to your childhood. Remember a photo they particularly liked – frame it and give to them.

7 . Song and Dance: Get dressed up with your grandchildren, grab a hairbrush as a microphone and make like you’re on Stars In Your Eyes and perform a song for the rest of the family whether it’s Cliff Richard, Madonna or McFly!

8 . Weekly news flashes: Give your grandchildren plenty of hugs and kisses to show you love them and value the special place they hold in your family and your heart. If they live too far away for frequent visits, set a time to call, write or email them as often as possible.

10. Joining in with Jakers!: Bring the spirit of Grandpa Piggley alive whenever you like with the wide range of Jakers! story, novelty and activity books available, and the first Jakers! DVD due to launch during the October half-term.

Borne out of the need to encourage contact between the generations, Grandparent’s Day like the Jakers! series is a tribute to grandparents and a great way to discover what an inspiring source of knowledge they can be.

About Jakers!

Grandpa Piggley with the grandpigsJakers! is a unique concept, combining traditional values, state of the art animation and humour. This Emmy award-winning series follows the adventures of Piggley Winks™, a young pig and his friends Dannan the Duck and Ferny the Bull in 1950’s rural Ireland. Going back to traditional roots, celebrating the gift of storytelling and the joy of childhood adventures, it also demonstrates the importance of letting children learn from their own experiences.



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