Peep and the Big Wide World

TV review by
Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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Preschoolers learn science with a pinch of humor.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

Teaches good lessons about curiosity and solving problems with science.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Peep, Chirp and Quack all appear to be young birds: Where are the mommy and daddy birds? It's slightly disturbing that Peep appears to sleep all alone in an abandoned soda can. No matter, the birds are curious and interested in the world around them, and though they often disagree (particularly egotistical duck Quack and hotheaded robin Chirp), the conflict pushes them to learn more about scientific concepts, even if only to prove each other wrong.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Peep and the Big Wide World is so friendly and funny that kids won't even realize they're learning. There are two stories per episode, each focusing on a problem that needs to be solved with science. The cartoons are followed by filmed segments in which real kids work with the same concepts in ways that can be easily reproduced at home.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 8 year old Written bymamanancylee January 3, 2011

a fun, spunky show for the younger kids

the characters are fun and the lessons are simple. bright colors- not a lot of fast motion. catchy music and sound effects. great ideas for simple experiment... Continue reading
Adult Written bychelseas February 12, 2015
Kid, 11 years old July 13, 2010
Kid, 11 years old February 8, 2014

Watched this when I was in first grade

I don't really like it now, but I used to love this show!

What's the story?

In PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD, Peep, Chirp, and Quack are three young birds living in a big park who encounter various problems that need to be solved with science. Quack the duck, for example, wants to prove that his pond is better than the new pond everyone's excited about, so the friends devise different ways of measuring the two ponds until they come up with a solution that satisfies Quack -- his pond has the most ducks.

Is it any good?

This show feels special from the start. The animation has a friendly, hand-drawn feel and is narrated by Joan Cusack. What makes Peep and the Big Wide World fun is that the science isn't academic at all -- the little birds come up with the kinds of experiments real kids would come up with, get their answers, and are happy. Each story is followed by a filmed segment with real kids using the same concepts at home.

The combination of cartoons and real life makes the concepts very real and accessible. Peep is a great way to get young children excited about science without even realizing it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about science and the many areas in which it is used in Peep and the Big Wide World. What are some scientific things around your house? Is there science in the kitchen? Parents can easily create learning experiments for their own kids to try at home.

  • How do the characters on Peep and the Big Wide World demonstrate curiosity? Why is that an important character strength?

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