A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Great lessons about science for the preschool set.
The series underscores the value of curiosity, excitement, learning, and communicating respectfully.
Positive Role Models
Sid uses his instinctive curiosity to guide his explorations of the world around him. He asks lots of questions, and the adults in his life -- parents, teacher, and grandma -- encourage his queries and help him find answers through hands-on discoveries. Sid's friends are diverse, imaginative, and resourceful.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sid the Science Kid encourages preschoolers' curiosity about the world around them and promotes finding answers through hands-on exploration. Sid and his friends are always excited to learn new things and solve pint-size scientific mysteries like "Why are my shoes shrinking?" and "Why do bananas get mushy?" The show -- which is co-produced by The Jim Henson Company -- introduces kids to the basics of scientific study, but they'll be so busy enjoying the show's use of song, dance, and humor that they may not even realize they're learning.
Is It Any Good?
This enjoyable educational series fills a gap in preschool programming, which has more often tended to focus on developing kids' readiness for reading and math. With Sid as their guide, kids will be inspired to ask question as a means of discovering new things, and they'll want to make observations and test their own scientific theories. The show's dual settings -- Sid's school and his home -- remind young viewers that the scientific world is all around us, waiting to be explored. With some encouragement from parents, there's no end to the educational opportunities that could be inspired by Sid's curiosity.
And, learning aside, Sid the Science Kid is sure to be a hit with kids because it's got plenty of music, dance, and all-around good fun. Preschoolers will enjoy aspiring comedian Sid's silly antics and the jokes that he and his friends make up (they're always related to the episode's theme). It's so entertaining that parents might find themselves drawn to watch as well -- and those who do may well learn a few things, too.
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