I like to think my kids enjoy programmes like Dennis the Menace on Netflix so much because they behave impeccably 90% of the time.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
But this cartoon is one of the stalwarts in our house and I love it; Dennis the Menace reminds me of my own angelic (ahem) childhood and I love the innocent joy the children get from seeing cartoon characters on Netflix getting up to mischief and creating mayhem.
Aside from things with their name on – I’ve just discovered the personalisation at stuckonyou.uk and we’re all HOOKED – causing trouble is the number one thing on my little monkeys’ agenda.
We don’t have a TV you see – something happened to my aerial a couple months ago and I haven’t got around to working out what – so we watch all our kid’s television (and grown-ups television) via Netflix. This worked perfectly until Hux discovered how to operate the YouTube app on Apple TV and suddenly Topsy and Tim made a re-appearance. I nipped that one in the bud mega swiftly, obvs. Nothing makes me want to stick pins in my eyes quite as much as Topsy and Tim.
Dennis the Menace is A-OK by me though, and I’m partial to sitting down with the kids to enjoy an episode or two of trouble when I can.
You may not realise it but the Beano – the home of Dennis the Menace – is currently experiencing something of a resurgence, and with it they’ve launched a brand new shop! Here you’ll find all manner of gifts and games for your little pranksters, some that I remember from my own childhood.
For example, remember thinking you could give an electric shock with a handshake? Or handing dirty soap to someone when they needed to wash their hands? (this one did the rounds a hundred times at my school). Or even planting a fake poo around the house?… those were the days (sorry mum).
As an early Christmas present, The Beano Shop kindly sent Elfie and Hux an present of Monopoly – The Beano Edition along with Dennis the Menace tshirts of their very own. So this weekend we got our naughtiest faces (see below!) and our naughtiest tshirts on and had a good old-fashioned board game afternoon!
I love to play Monopoly with my little troublemakers. We used to play Minion Monopoly a lot when they were little but they’ve grown out of that now; they’re obviously too young for the classic game so Beano Monopoly is a wonderful middle-ground. Elfie in particular hoards her cash and property with glee, a true property developer in the making, that one.
The game is a wonderful way to introduce your children to a fun bit of gaming and a healthy portion of competitiveness – and what better to do on a rainy weekend afternoon?! And I’ve got to admit, the longer I can keep the dirty soap out of these little fingers the better… otherwise there’ll be cling film on my loo seats before I know it.
Thanks to The Beano Shop for working with MTT this Christmas!