Information about Mr Bloom
2-5 year olds
Mr Bloom is a happy-go-lucky, singing gardener who runs his own nursery, complete with
singing vegetables (the Veggies), a belching compostarium (Compo) and lots of little children
(the Tiddlers). Each 20-minute episode follows the Veggies and the Tiddlers as they help out Mr
Bloom with his daily gardening tasks. Mixing live action of the children with puppetry of the
vegetables, the shows are funny, full of singing and great fun.
- Mr Bloom – A happy-go-lucky allotment owner who looks after the Veggies and teaches the
children about gardening (played by Ben Faulks).
- The Wee MacGregors – A team of cheeky radishes who often cause trouble but also love to
help out wherever they can.
- The Veggies
- Joan the fennel – One of the oldest Veggies in the Nursery she loves looking after people and
- Margaret the cabbage – The quietest Veggie, Margaret is thoughtful and shy but has a great
sense of adventure.
- Raymond the butternut squash – A playful and clumsy Veggie, Raymond loves having cuddles
and is prone to getting overexcited!
- Colin the runner bean – One of the youngest Veggies, he’s enthusiastic and often finishes his
sentence with “Bean”!
- Sebastian the (singing) aubergine – A French character who sums up the programme’s
events at the end of each show in a song.
- The Tiddlers - The children who visit the nursery and learn from Mr Bloom and the Veggies.
- The Compostarium (Compo) – A compost bin who provides goodness for the plants, he also is
a fountain of knowledge providing ideas and tools to help the Tiddlers.
Mr Bloom's Nursery helps children to:
- Understand how different plants and vegetables grow.
- Get excited about gardening and getting their hands dirty.
- Understand composting and different planting techniques.
Website benefits and summary
The Veggie Playtime web games reinforce the basics of gardening: weeds need clearing, plants need water to grow and snails will often munch your well-tended veg! The matching elements of the games help your child’s pre-numeracy, number and problem-solving abilities, and using both the arrow keys and the mouse help with hand-eye co-ordination.
Using the arrow keys and spacebar, catch the rainwater to water the veggies before the sun comes out. This game helps children make sense of the importance of rain and sunshine for plants to grow, and how the heat from the sun can evaporate water.
Matching games help with pre-numeracy skills that lay the foundations for maths later on - sorting and seeing patterns all help with numeracy from an early age. Using the arrow keys to land the balloon each time to match up the veggie also helps children with their fine motor skills and spatial awareness.
Ready Veggies Pull
Match the veggie to the shape and then have fun with the space bar to pull up the turnip. Like Patch Match, this shape matching game helps with pre-numeracy skills but also tests children’s mouse skills.
Have fun with the mouse to clear all the weeds. A brilliantly visual and speeded-up version of how weeds can take over a garden - but can also be removed with a trowel!
Watch Out Raymond
Using the arrow keys, help Raymond to collect the stars and reach the end of the maze. This game tests children’s problem-solving and planning skills - can they think ahead to work out the best route and avoid the surprises?