Peep and the Big Wide World

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

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 11 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 12-year-old Written byishaa12 December 28, 2018

A humorous, imaginative show for kids

Peep and the Big Wide World is a humorous cartoon that teaches kids about the world, curiosity, imagination, perseverance, and problem solving. I remember watch... Continue reading
Parent Written bybefitt June 14, 2018

Sweet and sarcastic!

On a surface level, this show is very sweet and comical (in a good way). My kid laughs out loud at the silly antics. But if you wait until they are a bit older... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPurple_1569 August 19, 2018

Great for ages 2-10

Even if you are over ten, it's still pretty entertaining.
Kid, 11 years old July 13, 2010

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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For kids who love science

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