Peep and the Big Wide World



Preschoolers learn science with a pinch of humor.
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Positive messages

Teaches good lessons about solving problems with science.

Positive role models

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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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are two stories per episode, each focusing on a problem that needs to be solved with science. The series is so friendly and funny that kids won't even realize they're learning. 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.

What's the story?

Peep, Chirp, and Quack, three young birds living in a big park, 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?


PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD feels special from the start. The animation has a friendly, hand-drawn feel and is narrated by Joan Cusack. What makes it 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about science and the many areas in which it is used. 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.

TV details

Networks:Discovery Kids, PBS Kids
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Science and nature, Wild animals
TV rating:TV-Y

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Parent Written bychelseas February 12, 2015
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Parent Written byKateW 1 February 3, 2015

a great introduction to science for little ones

We are always in search of good things for our 4 year old to watch on Netflix and Peep fits the bill. First it is very positive and and good humored. Our son finds it funny and entertaining. But for us, there's also science! He keeps asking to replicate the experiments the kids do at home, which is a great way for us to build on what he's watching.
Parent of a 2 and 6 year old Written byErniegirl36 April 6, 2011

One of the best shows ever!

Both my boys LOVE this show! I have a two year old and a six year old who never get tired of watching it. Peep is a morning ritual in our house. They love the characters and the silliness of the show. I love the clarity of the characters and the skills my kids learn while watching.
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