Friday, September 11, 2009

Sid the Science Kid's Wonders of Weather on PBS

He’s the coolest, most inquisitive preschooler around, and “he wants to know everything about everything.” He’s Sid the Science Kid.

With his rambunctious friends Gabriela, May, Gerald, and Teacher Susie, Sid asks questions about everyday things that all young kids wonder about. However, Sid doesn’t just ask questions: he sets out to find the answers by surveying his friends (getting different opinions on the topic), investigating the subject, experimenting, making observations, and finally forming conclusions.

Each episode follows the same basic formula: the first scene begins with Sid at home in his bedroom, pondering a question (e.g. Why does it always rain when you have something planned?). Then he’s off to the kitchen, where his mom, dad, baby brother, and dog are waiting at the breakfast table. Sid then poses his question of the day and, with the help of his family, begins learning.

Sid’s mom sometimes helps out by looking up information on the computer, which incorporates real-life pictures into the storyline. After that, Sid is off to school, and when he arrives (this is my favourite part of each episode), he begins to seek out his friends. This portion of the storyline is like a kid-friendly music video, with singing, dancing, and a funky beat that’s sure to have your tiny tot up and groovin’ right along with them.

In addition to featuring an interesting plot and entertaining characters, each episode includes good, practical activities that you can do at home with your own kids to help reinforce that day’s science lesson, such as using a thermometer, ice cubes, and instant oatmeal to learn about degrees and temperature. Each episode also encourages kids to “observe, compare, and contrast” or “investigate, explore, and discover,” as well as to put pen to paper, or in this case crayon to paper, to help articulate what they’ve learned.

This series is further brought to life with the computer-animated puppetry technology that gives everything on the screen a more rounded and 3D appearance. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the first five new episodes of Sid the Science Kid, which is a co-production of the Jim Henson Company and KCET/Los Angeles for PBS Kids.

If your kids can’t get enough of Sid, you can go online to, which extends the learning through games, jokes, print-outs, and so much more.

Sid the Science Kid's "Wonders of Weather" airs starting September 14th. Check your local listings for times in your area. And be sure to set your Tivo, DVD recorder, or VCR, ’cause your kids are going to want to see this series over and over again.

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