Peg + Cat

Common Sense Media says

Spunky girl's math skills solve problems, teach lessons.

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Educational value

Basic math skills like addition and subtraction, grouping, and ordinal numbers are explored in the context of each story. Numbers and other math concepts even feature into the scenery (infinity-shaped clouds in the sky, algebraic equations are visible in the background, and the show is set on what looks like grid paper), exposing kids to how they look, if not yet what they mean. The stories are set in a variety of locations that introduce kids to different places and cultures.

Positive messages

The series illustrates critical thinking and creative problem solving in scenarios preschoolers will easily understand. Peg's presence encourages girls in particular to take an interest in math and to understand basic real-world applications. Characters are friendly and helpful; they work well together; they demonstrate tactics of self-control when problems overwhelm them (Peg is known to count backwards to calm herself when she's worked up); and they celebrate jobs well done.

Positive role models

Peg is a great role model for kids -– and especially for girls -– thanks to her eagerness to tackle problems using logical thinking and math skills. There's no trouble too big for her to reason her way through, and her friends are there to help when she needs them.

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Consumerism

The series is a spin-off of a book called The Chicken Problem by Jennifer Oxley and Bill Aronson. The series accompanies a website, which is promoted in the show, as well as mobile games and apps marketed toward preschoolers.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Peg + Cat is a preschool series that incorporates foundational math skills in a creative and exciting way. The characters count, sort, and group their way to solutions to everyday problems, and the stories often illustrate concepts like superlatives, ordinal numbers, rhyming, and musical rhythm as well. What's more, because it's a girl leading the charge to solve these numbers quandaries, the show challenges the traditional gender divide within the mathematical field. This series goes hand-in-hand with a multimedia platform that includes an educational website (which is advertised at the end of each episode), videos, and a mobile app.

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What's the story?

PEG + CAT follows Peg (voiced by Hayley Faith Negrin), a smart, spunky girl who loves to use her knowledge of numbers to solve problems that she and her sidekick, Cat (Dwayne Hill), encounter in their adventures. Each story is set in a unique location, from Cleopatra's Egypt to faraway planets, but one thing is always the same when Peg's around: No matter the trouble, there's a math skill that can save the day. Peg and Cat's travels also introduce them to some quirky characters who pitch in to help and create new friendships along the way.

Is it any good?

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What the likes of WordWorld and Sesame Street have done for pre-reading skills, Peg + Cat offers preschoolers in the way of math sense, initiating kids in the basics of numbers and how they work. Each story packs in multiple opportunities for viewers to identify numbers and practice counting before experimenting with more complicated concepts like grouping by tens or visualizing proportions, all of which are flawlessly integrated so kids don't realize they're learning. Think your kids are too young to grasp these concepts? You'll be surprised how quickly they pick up the basics of proportions when they're assigning vehicles based on the characters' sizes, for instance. Even better, if you watch with your preschoolers, the show will generate ideas for how you can incorporate this kind of hands-on learning into your own daily routine.

But even though math is its primary focus, Peg + Cat doesn't limit itself to those skills alone. There are lessons in collaboration and teamwork, rhyming and alliteration are present in the characters' dialogue and in musical segments, and cause and effect is explored in kid-friendly ways. Often it's not Peg's first idea that proves successful, either, reminding viewers of the value of perseverance and thinking creatively. No effort is wasted in this delightful series with multiple diverse learning opportunities for preschoolers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the role numbers and math skills play in their daily lives. Kids: Have you counted anything today? Added anything? How does knowing your numbers help you solve problems like Peg and Cat do?

  • Kids: How do you approach a difficult task? Do you like to have help, or do you prefer to work alone? What are the advantages to working with someone else? 

  • Use this series as inspiration to explore math skills with your kids. Group and count objects you see as you drive down the road or go for a walk. How many red cars do you see? How about blue ones? What if you add them together? Group toys as you clean up and practice counting by tens, count the pieces of silverware as you set the table, etc.

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Parent Written byChickens5 November 12, 2013
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A waste of my children's limited television time - skip it!

I agree with KatherynMc's review. This show is not worth my childen's television time. Peg's character is a drama queen - I cringe when she yells "I am totally freaking out!" Really? About what? How to share fruit evenly among your friends? That's freak out material? I have the same problem with SuperWhy when every daily encounter is a "SUPER big problem." Really? I don't want to teach my children to freak out or view everything as a problem. It's not, it's just something that requires a little thought. And as far as the math in Peg + cat, yeah, again, nothing stellar. All the characters seem to yell through out the show. This show is just not for us. There are so many other, better, more educational and entertaining shows out there.
Parent of a 3 year old Written bynicemom72 November 11, 2013
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fantastic cat

brilliant - nothing else like it
What other families should know
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Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 3 and 5 year old Written byMishiOK November 13, 2013
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Best children's show since "Blue's Clues"

Peg + Cat is one of the most delightful children's shows on television right now. The lessons are simple and well-integrated with the story - no breaking the flow for a "teachable moment". The characters and situations are quirky, and the animation style is refreshingly unique. My young son and I love singing the silly songs together. Hearing "I've got chickens all over me" from a goofy three-year-old never gets old.
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