It's Wiggle Time!
The Wiggles have been entertaining and delighting children for decades. While the original line-up has changed, their popularity continues and the reason for this is simple. They see things from the perspective of the child. It is the basic tenet that informs their work. Because their performances are developmentally appropriate for their young audiences, they continue to attract and involve those audiences.
Emma Watkins (The Yellow Wiggle), Lachlan Gillespie (The Purple Wiggle) and Simon Pryce (The Red Wiggle), together with Anthony Field (The Blue Wiggle), are upholding and extending The Wiggles reputation. Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony and their friends are as appealing to the newer generation of preschoolers as the original Wiggles were to their older brothers and sisters and even, in some cases, their parents!
The Wiggles understand that children learn best through play and seek to provide appropriate frameworks for learning that builds on this approach to learning. They engage children in a partnership and, recognizing the importance of pro-social learning, remain vigilant in ensuring that the values they present work for children, not against them.
The Wiggles appeal is international for they value and respect children. Because the material they present continues to focus so precisely on children’s interests and needs, their success seems well set to continue into the future.
Kathleen Warren EdD, MA (hons) LASA, FTCL, teacher, adjudicator and early childhood and drama consultant and writer for The Wiggles.