Charlie and Lola

5 minutes

I really absolutely don't need glasses

Lola is going to have her eyes tested at the opticians, but she’s not at all keen.

5 minutes

Thunder completely does not scare me

Lola really doesn’t like thunder. Can Charlie stop her being scared?

5 minutes

What can I wear for Halloween?

Everyone has picked their fancy dress costumes for Halloween, except Lola.

5 minutes

Help! I really mean it

Granny and Grandpa’s cat, Caspar, has come to stay with Charlie and Lola.

5 minutes

I am going to save a panda

It’s Save An Animal week at school and Lola and Lotta decide to save a panda.

5 minutes

But I don't really like this present

Lola always loves the presents her best friend Lotta gives her, but not this one...

30 minutes

Colouring Book

Help Lola to colour in her colouring book.

15 minutes

Make Music

Try and copy Lola's musical hopping sequence by pressing the keys on your keyboard.

15 minutes

Pairs and Flip Flop

Can you remember the last card revealed? Can you match the pairs? Make sure to match them all before Mr Albertine eats all the peas!

15 minutes

Pink Milk

Can you catch all the pink milk bottles?

15 minutes

Planet

Help Charlie, Lola and their friends to collect the recycling. How many points can you get?

5 minutes

The Maze Game

Use the arrow keys to help Lola and Lotta get to the centre of the maze.

30 minutes

Jigsaws

Can you piece together the jigsaw puzzles?

15 minutes

Spot the difference 1

Can you spot the six differences in the two pictures?

15 minutes

Spot the difference 2

Can you spot the six differences in the two pictures?

15 minutes

Spot the difference 3

Can you spot the six differences in the two pictures?

15 minutes

Charlie and Marv

Print off and colour in a picture.

15 minutes

What is Lotta wearing?

Print off and colour in a picture.

15 minutes

Dancing with Lola

Print off and colour in a picture.

15 minutes

Lola hula-hooping

Print off and colour in a picture.

15 minutes

Lola on a space hopper

Print off and colour in a picture.

15 minutes

Charlie building a sandcastle

Print off and colour in a picture.

15 minutes

Who are Charlie and Lola having dinner with?

Print off and colour in a picture.

15 minutes

What are Lola and Lotta dressed up as?

Print off and colour in a picture.

15 minutes

Who is Lotta having lunch with?

Print off and colour in a picture.

15 minutes

What is Lola about to do?

Print off and colour in a picture.

15 minutes

What are Charlie and Lola trying to grow?

Print off and colour in a picture.

5 minutes

Bookmark

Print out a bookmark to use with your favourite books.

30 minutes

Colouring Book

Help Lola to colour in her colouring book.

15 minutes

Charlie and Lola colouring sheet

Print off and colour in a picture of Charlie and Lola.

15 minutes

Lola colouring sheet

Print off and colour in a picture of Lola.

15 minutes

Charlie and his animal friends colouring sheet

Print off and colour in a picture of Charlie outside with his animal friends.

30 minutes

Snowy activity sheet

It's ever so snowy. Sticking and colouring in will make this picture all bright and twinkly.

30 minutes

Hurrying up activity sheet

Cut and paste Lola's boots and hat, colour her pencils and feed her fish!

Information about Charlie and Lola

Target Age

3-6 year olds

Episode Duration

12 minutes                        

Show Summary

Charlie is seven. He has a little sister Lola, who is small and very funny. She is nearly five, loves pink milk and knows exactly what she does and doesn’t want to do. It’s often down to Charlie to persuade her otherwise and to teach her the way of the world. Each 12-­minute episode takes one of Lauren Child’s award ­winning children’s books and brings it alive using a mix of animation, cut out shapes, photomontage and archive footage. It plays heavily on the joy of a child’s imagination, so eating mashed potato becomes a trip to the top of Mount Fuji to eat a spoonful of cloud fluff, while tomatoes become moonsquirters from outer space! No adults appear in the programmes and all the dialogue is voiced by children, enabling young viewers to identify with the main characters and lose themselves in Charlie and Lola’s fantastic adventures.

Main Characters

Charlie – Lola’s big brother. He’s seven, sensible and often helps Lola find her way in the world. His best friend is Marv, and the two of them spend a lot of time inventing brilliant adventures, chasing monsters and dressing up as pirates.

Lola – Charlie’s independent four-­year-­old little sister, who knows her own mind but still has a lot to learn. She loves pink milk and playing with Charlie and best friend Lotta.

Educational Benefits

Charlie and Lola helps children to:

  • Use their imagination and come up with fantastic adventures.
  • Cope with common problems such as losing things.
  • Talk about their friendships and relationships with their siblings.
  • Follow the narrative of a story and understand the resolution at the end.

Website benefits and summary

The website offers lots of different games. Have fun testing matching and memory skills with the Pairs game and Flip Flop. What sort of combinations can you and your child come up with? There’s more sorting and matching in the Planet game about recycling and the Music game, which suggests musical sequences on a computer keyboard.

You can also join in with the Charlie and Lola theme tune and do some colouring in, stamping and printing out with the Colouring Book.

Games

Colouring game

Help Lola colour in her colouring book, using the patterns and colours on the website. Print out finished works of art or print them out in black and white for colouring in at home. Colouring and drawing help children with creativity and motor skills.

Pairs and Flip Flop

A simple matching and memory game that will challenge children to remember the last card revealed. 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.

With Flip Flop, children are still matching cards but they need to have a think about if they make a pair. Make sure to match them all before Mr Albertine eats all the peas!

Music Game

Follow the tune Lola plays with the computer keyboard. Children have to follow Lola’s musical hopping sequence. Following a sequence is great for memory skills and understanding a pattern. Making music is also a great chance for children to discover their creativity.

Pink Milk

Use the arrow keys to catch the pink milk bottles. This is a simple catching game, though the use of the arrow keys makes it best suited to older pre-schoolers.

Planet

Use the mouse to drop items for recycling in the boxes. Match the items to the labels on the boxes. This game will help children with recycling at home, understanding how different items go into different containers and are recycled in different ways.

Maze game

Help Lola and Lotta get to the centre of the maze. Using the arrow keys, this game will challenge children’s problem-solving and planning skills - can they think ahead to work out the best route, can they remember to drop a white pebble to find their way and can they do it all in the limited time and beat Charlie and Marv?

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