Mega popular kids show Hey Duggee, from Studio AKA and BBC Studios, has been a smash hit with both kids and parents ever since its debut in 2014. It’s also been praised for encouraging core skills and promoting learning through play. If you’re not sure what the latest is with the best kids shows, here’s the secret to the show’s enduring success.

It’s funny

Quirky and full of slightly zany British humour, Hey Duggee has gained a reputation over the years for being one of the funniest kids shows on TV.

Duggee, a big lovable dog runs a club for pre-schoolers called The Squirrel Club (side note-there are no actual squirrels involved in the series). Each episode the Squirrels –  take part in all kinds of activities and adventures, earning activity badges along the way. Episodes feature a main problem the Squirrels must solve to gain their activity badge. There are tons of goofy moments in each fast paced 7-minute episode that will have you and your little Squirrels literally laughing out loud.

It develops critical thinking

Like all top-notch kids shows, Hey Duggee is a show which will help your child learn important problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking skills, and think outside the box all whilst encouraging physical play and creativity.

In one episode, the team need to work together to help Snail move her things up a hill to her new home. Duggee helps them figure out the best way for everyone to work together to get the job done. In addition to promoting active learning, this approach also promotes the development of critical thinking and emphasises the importance of teamwork. Children are motivated to think creatively and explore alternative solutions to problems, with a concept as simple as helping a snail move homes.

It encourages creativity

Creativity encourages children to express themselves in unique and personal ways. This can boost their self-esteem and confidence and help them develop a sense of identity. Hey Duggee encourages this in an episode called ‘The Choreography Badge’. The Squirrel Club meet Duggee’s old dance crew and learn he was kicked out for not sticking to the choreography. They end up having a dance battle to see if Duggee’s moves can match the strict choreography of his old dance crew. In the end, everyone begins dancing like Duggee because it’s so fun and freeing. This motivates children to engage in active and imaginative play and encourages children to be authentic.

Hey Duggee, is  much more than just a big dog running around with his friends, it is also a valuable resource for promoting play, active learning, and creativity. By encourage learning through play, Hey Duggee helps kids learn important skills they need in life.

So, remember,  when it comes to your little ones watching TV, shows like Hey Duggee offer more than just entertainment – they can also help teach the important stuff!

Hey Duggee Series 4 is available on ABC Kids and ABC iview weekdays at 5.45pm.

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  • My Autistic 4 year old son loves hey dougie his dads names Doug ????


  • Dont forget the 90s rave hommage epic in Hey Duggee that is The Stick Song!


  • My three kids absolutely love this show


  • Hey Duggee is a funny little show. Our kids watched it when they were small…and probably still would. No loudness, drama or fast paced makes it easy watching


  • I didn’t even know this existed! Will have to check it out!


  • We love Duggee, such a good and funny show!


  • For many years we have absolutely loved Hey Duggee. By far one of the better shows on tv. My now five yr old adored the show so much we had a Hey Duggee themed 1st birthday party for him


  • It is also very weird.


  • I have not heard of Duggie before but he sounds fun might look into watching it with my daughter


  • A-woof woof- as Duggee would say! It’s not in the same wheel house as Bluey, but it does have humour I love the colour palette and style, and that the crocodile’s parent is an elephant – random! One twin loves Hey Duggee, it’s lessons are far less annoying than revamped Thomas, or fireman sodding Sam!


  • Anyone else randomly sing the ‘stick’ song? Search youtube for the international remix haha


  • I’ve never seen this but it sounds similar to shows available when I was a kid


  • My sons personally love it


  • We havnt watched much of this one. My kids are all about wiggles and blippi. But will give it a go.


  • My kids never really took to this one. They watched it if it happened to be on, but they never sought it out or asked for it.


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