Today Is National Opposite Day Learn How To Play The Opposite Game On “The Big Comfy Couch”


January 25, 2016 — The twenty-fifth day of January is generally recognized as National Opposite Day. It is, of course, an unofficial holiday. Banks remain open, there will be mail.

It is generally observed by children who use it to say the opposite of what they actually mean, making the day an issue for both parents and teachers.

One less annoying way to have children enjoy the day, however, is to let them watch The Big Comfy Couch episode called Shh, Shh, Shh, Quiet! in which clowns at the Clowndergarden learn how to play The Opposite Game.

The Big Comfy Couch is, of course, the popular pre-school children’s program, seen on public television stations, which features Loonette the Clown and Loonette’s doll Molly, who sit together on their “big comfy couch” and learn about the day’s lesson or issue. 

The programs, aimed at pre-schoolers, start with Loonette doing an exercise routine she calls the “Clock Rug Stretch;” after that she may read to Molly, visit Clowntown, sing songs, visit with friends or family, and learn about the day’s lesson. at the end she does the “Ten Second Tidy” straighten up if the day’s activities made a mess.

In addition to Loonette (played by Alyson Court until she was replaced by Ramona Gilmour-Darling) and Molly, re-appearing characters include Loonette’s Slavic grandmother, Granny Garbanzo (and her cat Snicklefritz) Fuzzy and Wuzzy, two dust bunnies who live under the couch (only Molly knows of their existence), Eileen, Jim nad Andy Foley, who live inside Loonette’s dollhouse, Auntie Macassar and Uncle Chester, Loonette’s traveling relatives and Major Bedhead, a local clown who makes deliveries to Loonette’s home.

The immensely popular show, which was produced for Canadian Public Television, ran for 7 seasons and 100 programs.

Watch all The Big Comfy Couch episodes on FilmRise with your preschooler and turn Opposite Day into a learning experience.
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