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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.
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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.
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