For pre-school aged children the world is just starting to feel like a very big place with each passing day and experience. Bedtime, for example, can become more challenging as they learn to handle separation anxiety, nightmares, and irrational fears. This series tackles these developmental challenges head on providing comfort and community while modeling courage and growth. Through song and story, the series will teach the skills that preschoolers need to move through their days and nights successfully. The main teaching goals of the series are: managing big feelings, navigating transitions, solving problems, providing structure and predictability, modeling and offering tools for self-regulation, and teaching empathy.
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Pajanimals - Simon Says - Netflix
Simon Says (or Simple Simon Says) is a child's game for 3 or more players where 1 player takes the role of “Simon” and issues instructions (usually physical actions such as “jump in the air” or “stick out your tongue”) to the other players, which should only be followed if prefaced with the phrase “Simon says”. Players are eliminated from the game by either following instructions that are not immediately preceded by the phrase, or by failing to follow an instruction which does include the phrase “Simon says”. It is the ability to distinguish between genuine and fake commands, rather than physical ability, that usually matters in the game; in most cases, the action just needs to be attempted. The object for the player acting as Simon is to get all the other players out as quickly as possible; the winner of the game is usually the last player who has successfully followed all of the given commands. Occasionally however, 2 or more of the last players may all be eliminated by following a command without “Simon Says”, thus resulting in Simon winning the game. The game is well embedded in popular culture, with numerous references in films, music and literature.
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Various musical artists have produced songs with the title “Simon Says” including the 1910 Fruitgum Company, Pharoahe Monch, Clawfinger, Drain STH, Kidsongs, Judy & David, The Wiggles, Laleh, Jimi Hendrix, Clyde McKnight, Krizz Kaliko. The phrase has been used multiple times as a plot device in films and television dramas including Die Hard with a Vengeance, Police Academy, Demolition Man, The Gift and the TV series Underdog as well as being played in television game shows including 1970s show Superstars and Battle of the Network Reality Stars. The phrase occurs twice in Thelma and Louise for comic effect: “Simon says everybody lay down on the floor.” First the outlaw on the run character J.D. (Brad Pitt) tells how he usually sets off to do an armed robbery. Later on we find out in the only flashback scene of the movie that Thelma (Geena Davis) uses exactly the same phrase when robbing a store. In an episode of the Cartoon Network show Courage the Cowardly Dog, the title character (disguised as an eggplant) gives commands to the other eggplants after saying “The Great Eggplant says”. The Peanuts special It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown includes a song/dance number called “Lucy Says” where Lucy plays the role of Simon, but uses “Lucy Says” instead of “Simon Says”. In the Animaniacs episode, “King Yakko”, Yakko, as king of Anvilania gets his men to take their seats, but when they were about to do so, Yakko stops them saying, “I didn't say 'Simon Says'!” Then he tells them, “Simon says take your seats!” which they follow. A stunt played on the game show Fun House also played Simon Says, but was changed to “Tiny Says” to match the name of the show's announcer giving the commands. The electronic game Simon is named for Simon Says. Jim Henson's Pajanimals has the Pajanimals play a similar game called “Cowbella Says.” Similar to the Peanuts example above, Cowbella, one of the Pajanimals, plays the role of Simon and uses “Cowbella Says” instead of “Simon Says”. Before they play, there is a short song that has the lyrics “If Cowbella says, 'Cowbella Says,' you must do what Cowbella says; and if she doesn't say 'Cowbella Says,' you must not do what Cowbella says!” Mickey Mouskersize, a short in Disney Junior has a game called Mickey Says. Mickey plays the role of Simon, once in the middle of the game, Goofy and Minnie did what Mickey said when he did not say “Mickey Says”. In Let's Go Pocoyo, there is a game in some episodes called Fred Says. This is a simple game. Fred plays the role of Simon, however, the narrator always says “Fred Says” in each phrase. At the end, the narrator says “Fred Says: That's all.” In Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, the game's main prosecutor is Simon Blackquill, likely named after the game. He's a master of psychological manipulation, and his acts of manipulating the minds of others is compared to as Simon Says by other characters. In an episode of Transformers: Rescue Bots, Cody uses the game to teach the Bots about obeying commands. He uses basic instructions such as “Turn right” and “raise your left arm”. When he issues a command without stating “Simon says”, Chase responds by stating “Simon did not authorize that last movement”. A literal arcade-based smartphone adaptation of “Simon Says” was released exclusively on Android on July 11, 2016, titled Simon Says Mobile. In this version, bodily gestures are replaced with mobile gestures, namely tapping, swiping and tilting. It is free-to-play with in-app purchases. On February 16, 2017, however, the game was temporarily taken down due to a perceived trademark conflict with Hasbro's electronic SIMON game, particularly the “Swipe” version released in 2014. The game was later restored to the Play Store on February 25, 2017, after the developer made negotiations with a third-party legal agent over how the game is presented and described. In a Barney & Friends episode, “Hop to It!”, Barney and the kids play Simon Says. Two of them, Luci and Min, are out after touching their chins but the other two, Michael and Tina, remain. Another episode, “All Mixed Up”, also has Barney and the kids play Simon Says in which the educational theme of this episode is about following directions. In the 2015 novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (and its 2018 film adaptation Love, Simon), protagonist Simon Spier's online pseudonym Jacques derived the French version of Simon Says, “Jacques a dit”.
Pajanimals - References - Netflix