Returning: Bluey

ABC KIDS mega-hit returns with brand new episodes.

ABC KIDS mega-hit Bluey returns with brand new episodes from tomorrow, screening daily until early April.

Series 2 also has some new voices including: Anthony Field playing Rusty’s Dad (Army) and Postie (Dance Mode), Hamish Blake as Jack’s Dad (Army) and Employee (Hammerbarn), and Zoë Foster Blake as Jack’s Mum (Army) and Checkout Dog (Hammerbarn).

The series remains iview’s most popular title of all time.

Bluey is a loveable, inexhaustible little six year-old Blue Heeler dog, who lives with her Mum, Dad and her four year old little sister. Like every kid her age, the thing Bluey likes to do best is play games. Sometimes she plays on her own with her favourite toy, Polly Puppy, but most of the time she plays with sister, Bingo. Bluey takes the everyday events of family life like going to a restaurant, visiting the hairdressers or catching the bus and transforms them into unique gameplay, turning everyday moments into idiosyncratic adventures.

Bluey and Bingo both love to role-play. Whether they are cavemen, grannies, adventurers or even Queens, they love to try on different characters just for fun. And it’s never long before Mum or Dad are dragged in to take a part in the play. Bandit and Chilli both work, but are also dedicated parents who, tired as they might be, appreciate the value of time spent playing with the kids, even if it means dancing through a crowd of people or re-enacting their first date.

Bluey and Bingo also have a busy time playing with their cousins, Muffin and Socks and their friends from Kindy and school. They all love to make up games together. Bluey is a very assertive young pup and sometimes she and her friends squabble over the rules of a game. Often no one can agree and when that happens it means the game stops. But through negotiation the friends always find a way to work it out, so everyone is happy, and they can keep playing. Because they love to keep playing.

Unstructured, self-directed play allows Bluey to use her creativity while developing her imagination, and her mental, physical and emotional resilience. It allows her to create and explore her world autonomously, conquering her fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes with her sister or with other children and always with her parents to guide her.

Gameplay is how Bluey integrates the adult world into her own; it helps Bluey and her sister learn important lessons and deal with the emotional ups and downs of growing up while having fun.

8am daily from Tuesday March 17 – April 5 (6:20pm rpt) on ABC KIDS.

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