CBeebies Grown-ups

I'm Dan - Producer working in CBeebies and proud dad of a five-year-old daughter who watches CBeebies even when I'm not testing new programme ideas on her - so I hope that means we're doing something right!

I'm very pleased and proud to be able to say that Tree Fu Tom, the show I have been working on for the best part of five years, is soon to launch on the CBeebies channel.

We think Tree Fu Tom will be unlike anything you've ever seen before on CBeebies or anywhere on Children's TV.

Tree Fu Tom is a fun fast-paced adventure show which is packed with amazing roller-coaster action sequences, so will probably be most enjoyed by the older end of the CBeebies audience.

The show may surprise little ones - so if you do have younger children, you may want to watch the first episodes with them to talk about how exciting it is.

It's different but of course embodies everything you've come to expect and trust from a CBeebies show; everything always works out in the end and every episode has a strong emotional theme and a moral lesson.

In a nutshell, Tree Fu Tom is an epic, comedy, fantasy, action-adventure series following the amazing adventures of a young boy from our world called Tom.

Tom is able to create magic by doing sequences of cool-looking, simple, fun movements called 'Tree Fu'. Using Tree Fu, Tom is able to transform into a magical superhero, travelling to 'Treetopolis' - an enchanted, miniature world nestled in an ancient tree at the bottom of his garden.

In every adventure there are critical moments when Tom's normal action and magic skills are not enough to overcome the challenges that he and his friends face.

At these times the audience is encouraged to get up and copy Tom's Tree Fu moves to help create 'Big World Magic'. In this way, the audience can help Tom to save the day, and be heroes too!

What the children won't know is that the 'Tree Fu' spell moves they're copying have all been designed by Child Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists from the movements that experts use to help children with conditions like Dyspraxia to assist and enhance the development of all participating children (whether they have movement challenges or not).

The movements are designed to teach children new skills and help them improve their abilities in foundation movements essential for all complex movement - anything from learning to write to playing football.

I was inspired to create Tree Fu Tom because I found out that many children today are not being exposed to or experiencing the full range of movements they need to develop typically.

I felt that we should use the power of TV and the web to do something to support movement development at this critical time in their lives.

Tree Fu Tom is also a fully multiplatform production which means it comes with an amazing online experience through which children can enter the magical world of Treetopolis.

Using Webcam technology children can move to make Tree Fu magic and become the hero in amazing interactive action adventure stories with Tom and his friends.

So, as Tom says, "Come on, join in, time for Tree Fu!". I hope you enjoy the show!

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  • Comment number 58. Posted by joya15

    on 2 Jan 2013 11:10

    We are visiting my parents for the holidays, and my 8 year old son came across Tree Fu Tom while exploring the kids programmes available on their SkyTv (NZ paid tv provider which they have, but we don't). He loves it, and has been practicing the movements. Doing an internet search to find out more information about the programme (& to see if there were Tree Fu Tom colouring or activity sheets available), I have discovered how Tree Fu helps with dyspraxia. (He has both dyspraxia and dyslexia.) So Dan, a big thank your for creating this programme. It's great that a programme such as this is pitched for boys, with the magic, the movement (-fu), the action, and the adventure. Tree Fu Tom has effortlessly accomplished something I've struggled with - getting my son to do & repeat certain exercises (such as crossing left-right midpoints etc). I've discovered the games on bbc.co.uk, which I will show him in the morning. I love that to unlock the games certain movements, such as crossing left/right and figure of 8s, need to be made. A big thank you. Your work is certainly appreciated and I hope it will be available for a long while.

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  • Comment number 57. Posted by maria

    on 25 Oct 2012 09:11

    my four and a half year old son just LOVES Tree Fu Tom. its so cute to see him doing the spells. well done on this one! fantastic show that really gets the kids up and moving. they love being part of the show. very clever. please dont stop making it.

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  • Comment number 56. Posted by tim

    on 17 Oct 2012 23:19

    I do not let my children watching this as it encourages them to copy the character to cast spells. Putting it under the heading of helping them exercise actually is tricking young children to do spells.

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  • Comment number 55. Posted by TreeFuMum

    on 3 Oct 2012 09:23

    My son loves Tree Fu Tom too, and I was hoping there would be a range of merchandise available for this christmas - however from what I can gather elsewhere on the web, these are planned for release in the spring of 2013??
    Hope this is not the case - surely such a huge marketing opportunity won't be missed, particularly considering the show is probably at the height of its popularity?
    There are DVDs available now, lets hope toys etc soon follow!
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  • Comment number 54. Posted by Hhayleyy

    on 12 Sept 2012 20:56

    Me and my son absolutly love Tree Fu Tom, he has just turned 4, he knows all the words and moves to the songs, very impressed, does any one know when they toys. dvds etc are due out? H xx

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  • Comment number 53. Posted by sara

    on 4 Sept 2012 15:29

    Hi i just wanted to say my little boy is 2 nearly 3 & absoloutly loves tree fu tom its his bday soon & im wondering when theyl be a range of toys out my son does all the moves he loves him its his favourite programe on cbeebies..the moves to send the magic is ingenius hes believes hes doing it ive some fab videos of him doing them!! Just want to say welldone & please can we have some dvds & toys of tree fu tom etc!!!..sara x

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  • Comment number 52. Posted by katherine

    on 22 Jun 2012 16:32

    hello i was just wondering when the dvd for this will be out as my 2 year old loves getting me up to help him do all the moves and is so happy once he has 'passed' the powers to tom.

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  • Comment number 51. Posted by stella

    on 24 May 2012 13:41

    my grandson who is four loves tree fu tom and I had to make him a watch in cardboard so he could send the magic, we rushed home from a day out on Tuesday because Tree Fu Tom was on and he was very sad it had been replaced with chugginton, please ,please bring it back SOON.

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  • Comment number 50. Posted by MissBB

    on 21 May 2012 16:55

    Our daughter, 2 next week, loves this and knows all the moves, the names of the characters, sings along and interacts generally with the programme. It is one of the firm favourites I enjoy her watching it. Very disappointed now finished and look forward to it returning - also a dvd hopefully????
    There are many programmes I am not keen on her watching but this is great fun - big thumbs up for cbeebies!

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  • Comment number 49. Posted by Mummy Andrea

    on 20 May 2012 09:47

    Any plans for a Tree Fu Tom dvd?

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