Win a copy of Shaun the Sheep™ Shear Heat on DVD

Talitha and I have been loving watching Shaun the Sheep™ Shear Heat. It’s a series of ten short episodes of the well-loved British animation from the creators of Wallace and Gromit. It’s only just been released on DVD on July 21st.

Ophelia’s been enjoying watching us, probably curious about her three-year-old sister’s full-throated laughter. Shaun definitely hits a note with Talitha’s sense of humour.

There’s lots for me as an adult to appreciate. The detail that’s gone into this claymation surprises and delights, as usual.

It’s definitely pitched at a young child’s level, though. Common Sense Media rates it at age five, which feels about right. I tend to find that entertainment up to five is a good match for Talitha. She’s very sensitive to any sort of peril.

There were a couple of moments in the series where I needed to talk her through what was happening. Once when it looks like a man is coming after Shaun but he’s actually about to fix the farmer’s tractor then again when a grumpy bull is chasing the mischievous sheep.

Mind, I really don’t think most children would get antsy about these scenes but she gets very concerned about even mild danger so if you have a child who reacts similarly, it’s worth bearing in mind.

This didn’t mar her enjoyment of the DVD at all. In fact, she’s been chatting about it ever since. She wanted to know the names of the characters, so we looked them up online. She kept repeating that the dog was called Bitzer, so she’d remember it. She named the bull Frank – I guess so he’d be less scary.

Hilariously, she’s decided she wants Shaun to be a three-year-old girl sheep and for baby sheep Timmy to be Shaun’s baby sister! That must be the stamp of approval for Shaun the Sheep™ then!

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“From Aardman, the acclaimed creators of Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep™ Shear Heat follows Shaun and his pals as they get up to yet more mischief! Comprising of ten short episodes, viewers are welcomed back to Mossy Bottom Farm to follow Shaun, Bitzer and the rest of the gang as they embark on a series of fun-filled adventures. Including hilarious episodes such as Shaun the Fugitive, Bull Vs Wool and The Hang Glider, this animated series will keep the kids laughing all summer. As well as a range of exciting behind-the-scenes features, the DVD also includes the teaser trailer for Shaun the Sheep™ The Movie , which is being released on February 6th 2015, and an in-pack colouring sheet. Be sure to join in the fun this summer as Shaun the Sheep – Shear Heat OUT NOW on DVD.”

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97 Comments

  1. July 24, 2014 / 12:02 pm

    My daughter used to get worried so we used to chat a lot about peril as it came up. Now she is much better with it and even watches programmes like Batman with my son. I think talking about worries is a great help!
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  2. July 24, 2014 / 4:08 pm

    My kids normally hide from ‘scary’ bits on telly, but I try and use it as a starting point for a discussion about whatever it was that worried them.
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  3. melanie stirling
    July 24, 2014 / 4:47 pm

    They don’t really worry too much but if they are poorly they do have weird dreams about films they have seen.

  4. Hannah Hughes
    July 24, 2014 / 6:03 pm

    I’ve actually not exposed mine to much tv/film although Ben did borrow Aladin from a friend and got quite distressed at one point. I paused it and explained that in children’s films the good people will ‘win’ at the end, even if there’s problems along the way. He chose to continue watching it and was fine about it, but he didn’t want to watch it again!

    • July 24, 2014 / 11:20 pm

      Aladdin is really scary! We won’t be ready for that any time soon. I’m impressed that he chose to continue.

  5. July 24, 2014 / 6:34 pm

    I remember when F was really into Shaun the Sheep, now it’s all about Octonauts which obviously means we need ALL the plastic toys to go with it. x
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  6. July 24, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    Wow shaun the sheep is still around?
    Lots of family fun!

  7. laura banks
    July 24, 2014 / 7:41 pm

    not really too fussed

  8. Lynsey Buchanan
    July 24, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    My daughter likes to shout out at the tv

  9. July 24, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    mine all got worried at that sort of thing when they were 2/3 ish…. kinda cute 😉
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  10. July 24, 2014 / 10:26 pm

    I loved shaun the sheep when I was younger, I had a back pack that I wore everywhere poor thing looked very broken when I finally grew out of it!

  11. July 25, 2014 / 8:38 am

    I love this lil guy. I’ve that the lil ones seem to get the non-dialogue or very little dialogue programmes quicker than ones with full on dialogue. They really engage and come to understand emotions

  12. July 25, 2014 / 10:02 am

    My daughter is a little young to express herself, but can get over enthusiastic about some TV shows
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  13. July 25, 2014 / 11:48 pm

    Absolutely love Shaun the Sheep! The girls can sometimes get a bit upset but cuddles and reassurances that it’s not real soon calm them down,
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  14. Samantha R
    July 26, 2014 / 2:08 pm

    in the kids programmes its exciting, other things can be worrying

  15. July 27, 2014 / 1:49 pm

    I don’t think Wilf has actually ever really been scared about Peril on the TV but things like models in museums really freak him out! x
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  16. July 27, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    We try to avoid peril as mine get so scared! It’s probably not the best technique though…!!

  17. Joanne Welsh
    July 28, 2014 / 11:35 pm

    My nieces and nephews aren’t that bothered by it

  18. July 29, 2014 / 6:04 am

    My children are very young so we obviously don’t watch things with ‘serious’ peril in them – it’s mainly cartoons and child-friendly films. They might gasp and exclaim “oh no!’, but they know it’s not real and not something to get worried about. My husband and I are always very clear with them that it’s not real and they are happy with that.
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  19. greig spencer
    July 29, 2014 / 6:46 am

    they normally hide lol

  20. Ashleigh Allan
    July 29, 2014 / 7:10 am

    My kids don’t seem to bothered by it!

  21. July 29, 2014 / 7:42 am

    My sons fine with it but if its something that does bother him he’ll ask me to turn it off

  22. Melanie McNair
    July 29, 2014 / 8:58 am

    They turn the tv over to another channel

  23. Mike Marsh
    July 29, 2014 / 9:15 am

    My Kids just keep watching and enjoy

  24. aj
    July 29, 2014 / 9:52 am

    It used to affect his behaviour but he is alright now

  25. Paula Readings
    July 29, 2014 / 9:53 am

    It doesn’t seem to bother them, they just keep watching.

  26. iain
    July 29, 2014 / 10:05 am

    keep watching and enjoy

  27. TRACEY HUBER
    July 29, 2014 / 10:25 am

    try not to let them see it, if they do and get worried I explain it is only pretend.

  28. Julie Tift
    July 29, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    They watch through their fingers when the going gets tough so helping them talk through things afterwards helps. (You can tell if they really need to talk straight away or not)

  29. Jo-Anne holton
    July 29, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    We discuss things as they come up!!!

  30. Rachel Craig
    July 29, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    Confide in me about their feelings, which we then discuss. We chat about what has been seen / heard etc, explain situation / story line etc. As children need to be taken seriously, they are constantly learning, just as we all are. Though as children they lack experience in comparison to later life. So there is a need for explanation, sharing etc. It can be a bonding experience. Children need to be protected, feel secure, understand situations etc :- To the best of their ability given age, stage of development etc.

  31. Kerry Lethbridge
    July 29, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    They haven’t really understood peril yet as they are only 20 months old

  32. July 29, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    our 7 year old grandson knows how it works, watching something the other day and said it would end when they all got back home so I asked if he’d seen it before to which he replied ‘no, but there’s always a happy ending – lol

  33. Sandra Lane
    July 29, 2014 / 4:32 pm

    My children must be as hard as nails because they have always loved the scary bits in films. I’m the one hiding behind the sofa!

  34. July 29, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    They just seem to laugh, not scared of anything i let them watch!

  35. michelle banks
    July 29, 2014 / 6:08 pm

    it doesnt seem to effect my grandaughter x

  36. Allan Fullarton
    July 29, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    My son love Shaun!

  37. Harriet
    July 29, 2014 / 6:41 pm

    They just love it!

  38. Laura Pritchard
    July 29, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    My son usually hides his head or looks concerned!

  39. ol carpenter
    July 29, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    my son loves it

  40. Sam Cornford
    July 29, 2014 / 9:45 pm

    My 3 year old is always telling me, don’t worry mummy it’s not real, just pretend.

  41. Angela Paull
    July 29, 2014 / 9:53 pm

    Mine’s too distracted to get nervy – if anything he’d laugh lol

  42. Christopher Packer
    July 30, 2014 / 2:42 am

    They seem to take peril ion their stride, childsren tend to be made of stronger stuff than we take credit for

  43. July 30, 2014 / 6:42 am

    Generally it seems to be seen as ‘action’, but sometimes it crosses the line into ‘scary’.
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  44. Clare S
    July 30, 2014 / 7:28 am

    She loves the scary bits!

  45. joanne liddement
    July 30, 2014 / 7:37 am

    My son hides his head behind a cushion

  46. Nicola Holland
    July 30, 2014 / 8:48 am

    Hides behind a blanket 🙂

  47. Cheryl Kean
    July 30, 2014 / 9:02 am

    My kids are fine with it as i don’t usually let them watch anything bad. but if some mild bits come on they tend to not even notice x

  48. Viv C
    July 30, 2014 / 9:05 am

    too young to notice at this stage

  49. Laura Whittle
    July 30, 2014 / 9:21 am

    My 3 year old doesn’t seem bothered but tends to ask a thousand questions about what’s happening 🙂

  50. claire woods
    July 30, 2014 / 9:51 am

    He doesn’t worry too much.

  51. Chris Fletcher
    July 30, 2014 / 10:47 am

    They hide behind the sofa with me!

  52. Karen Louise wright
    July 30, 2014 / 11:48 am

    My kids love Shaun the sheep, my sons normally hide or close their eyes x

  53. Chris E Andrews
    July 30, 2014 / 12:02 pm

    How do your kids deal with peril in films and TV shows?
    lt doen’t seem to bother them

  54. Angel
    July 30, 2014 / 1:19 pm

    They usually shout a lot at the TV screen.

  55. July 30, 2014 / 2:43 pm

    thy curl up in a ball with a cushion across their eyes and peek out at the screen

  56. catriona nation
    July 30, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    It doesn’t woory my children as long as it has a happy ending

  57. laura stewart
    July 30, 2014 / 4:12 pm

    it doesnt bother her

  58. Rebecca Powell
    July 30, 2014 / 6:17 pm

    My little boy doesn’t seem at all bothered by it!!

  59. Rach
    July 30, 2014 / 7:35 pm

    It seems to go over their heads!

  60. Kirsten Murphy
    July 30, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    My wee oneis still too young to understand peril but she loves Shaun the Sheep

  61. July 30, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    my daughter pulls her t-shirt up over her head so she cant see

  62. rebecca whale
    July 30, 2014 / 8:54 pm

    Hides behind the sofa

  63. liz ferguson
    July 30, 2014 / 9:43 pm

    hides behind her blanket!

  64. Carroll Marsh
    July 30, 2014 / 10:06 pm

    I Watch their little faces and if they seem a bit upset I Pause the TV and ask what the problem is and try to explain to them as simply as possible,cuddle them make sure they are ok and do they want to continue and put the film or whatever back on!!

  65. Corinne Peat
    July 30, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    They are all fine with most scary stuff. My three year old has started noticing monsters in cartoons and likes to sit very close to me.

  66. Zoe Roxby
    July 30, 2014 / 10:31 pm

    they keep asking me is everything gonna be alright mam?

  67. Vicky Osborne
    July 30, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    I tell them that it is not real, the people or characters are pretending so no need to be scared

  68. Lynsie Lynn
    July 31, 2014 / 12:16 am

    My eldest doesn’t scare easily at all, but my youngest scares very easily, she can’t watch Dr Who as it gives her nightmares (mind you some of them are particularly scary)! 🙂

  69. July 31, 2014 / 12:54 am

    I have to admit my son doesn’t deal very well with anything to real or a scene full of peril but I always try and comfort him and try and explain what is going on in a child friendly way

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  70. Hayley Todd
    July 31, 2014 / 7:41 am

    To be honest, my children are really good and don’t tend to get stressed out or upset. If something does bother them, I pause the film and we have a little chat or a reassuring hug and cuddle

  71. tracey gibbons
    July 31, 2014 / 8:49 am

    hide behind hands but i dont normally allow them to watch anything that would scare them

  72. claire matthews-curtis
    July 31, 2014 / 10:08 am

    One of my daughters hides behind a cushion when it comes to peril, but my other daughters don’t tend to, they understand about films.

  73. Christine OPrey
    July 31, 2014 / 11:36 am

    They run away 🙂

  74. Spencer Broadley
    July 31, 2014 / 1:57 pm

    hide behind cushions

  75. ALICE LIGHTNING
    July 31, 2014 / 2:58 pm

    use to hide but explain its only playing not bad now

  76. Susan Williams
    July 31, 2014 / 4:03 pm

    Being able to help children distinguish between what is real and what isn’t real is so important. Animated programmes for children provide an important vehicle in helping them to understand the rules of what is right and what is wrong in a non-threatening and safe way. It alerts them to the concept of ‘peril’ and introduces them to ideas of how best to deal with it by providing a talking point between parents and children. As for me, I love Shaun the Sheep – I’m sure there are things we adults can learn from it, too.

  77. Kay panayi
    July 31, 2014 / 4:33 pm

    I’m not sure my daughter understands peril yet

  78. Lorraine Polley
    July 31, 2014 / 4:45 pm

    my grandson doesn’t appear to be bothered by it. as long as we arent showing any fear he’s ok

  79. Charmian Filewood
    July 31, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    Just take it in their strides, any questions about things they know I am there for them

  80. Pam Francis Gregory
    July 31, 2014 / 8:03 pm

    Hide behind the sofa

  81. jackie rushton
    July 31, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    They hide under their blankets!

  82. jo glasspool
    July 31, 2014 / 10:32 pm

    My 2 are not that bothered by peril as i have explained what they see on the telly is only actors and it is not real,

  83. Jayne T
    July 31, 2014 / 10:39 pm

    Mine are always been fine, but I’ve always made sure they know it’s not real.

  84. Natalie Crossan
    July 31, 2014 / 11:49 pm

    hide under the covers x

  85. David
    July 31, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    She really doesn’t seem too bothered at all thankfully.

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