lauracookeimagBy Laura Cooke, editor, writer and content strategist, currently  working with ShowMax on a freelance basis. Runs a vegetarian website and in between working, enjoys  walking her dog in the mountains.

Which children’s shows made the biggest impression on you as a child? And would you share them with your kids?

Access to the internet means it’s now possible to watch virtually anything online. Recently I’ve noticed a resurgence of old shows from the 1980s and 1990s like Liewe Heksie, The Adventures of Sinbad and those annoyingly lovable Care Bears.

As an adult, I’m loathe to admit how much of an impression some of these TV series made on me and how vividly I recall certain movies and shows. I loved the fluffy cloud world of the Care Bears, I remember the thrilling adventures of Sinbad and, even though I barely spoke any Afrikaans as a child, I could sing along to Wielie Wielie Walie like a trooper.

With the Easter weekend coming up, I’ve given some thought to a few shows that I’d want to share with my nephews and other little ones in my life. While there may not be an actual Easter bunny in the line up, here’s my pick of five cute and cuddly substitutes:

  1. Maja the Bee (1975 – the year before South Africa got TV!) – She may not be quite as fluffy as some of the other characters on our list, but she’s got loads of attitude and a real sense of adventure. Together with her friends, she’s got messages to share about the wonderful world of nature that surrounds us all.images
  1. Care Bears (1985) – These sweet little bears were huge in the 80s and now they’re back on screen to delight a whole new generation of youngsters with their fluffy world in the clouds and cute little belly badges.


  1. Gummi Bears (1990) – “Gummi Bears! Bouncing here and there and everywhere!” Who didn’t pretend to drink magical juice and jump around like a lunatic in the early 90s? These adorable heroes were firm favourites in my childhood.


  1. The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1990) – Head on down to the Hundred Acre Hood where the beloved characters Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Gopher, Owl, Kanga and Roo land up in all kinds of unexpected


  1. The Adventures of Paddington Bear (1997) – I love this cartoon remake of the classic Paddington Bear tales. One thing’s for certain, wherever Paddington goes, there’s sure to be chaos and laughter!


That said, I’m not sure these shows can compete with modern favourites like Thomas the Tank Engine or Dora the Explorer, what do you think?

Which shows would you want to share with your kids?

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