Sid the Science Kid

Common Sense Media says

Boy's queries get kids curious about the world.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Great lessons about science for the preschool set.

Positive messages

The series underscores the value of curiosity, excitement, learning, and communicating respectfully.

Positive role models

Sid uses his instinctive curiosity to guide his explorations of the world around him. He asks lots of questions, and the adults in his life -- parents, teacher, and grandma -- encourage his queries and help him find answers through hands-on discoveries. Sid's friends are diverse, imaginative, and resourceful.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series encourages preschoolers' curiosity about the world around them and promotes finding answers through hands-on exploration. Sid and his friends are always excited to learn new things and solve pint-size scientific mysteries like "Why are my shoes shrinking?" and "Why do bananas get mushy?" The show -- which is co-produced by The Jim Henson Company -- introduces kids to the basics of scientific study, but they'll be so busy enjoying the show's use of song, dance, and humor that they may not even realize they're learning.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

SID THE SCIENCE KID introduces kids to the basics of science through the eyes of a young boy named Sid (voiced by Drew Massey), whose insatiable curiosity about the world around him leads to discoveries of all kinds. Each day Sid and his friends tackle a new question that's sure to resonate with their young viewers; episodes have explored why snowmen melt, why leaves fall in autumn, why teeth are different shapes, and more. Under the guidance of his parents, grandmother, and caring teacher Miss Susie (Donna Kimball), Sid uses scientific techniques like observation, measurement, and data collection to discover answers to his many questions.

Is it any good?


This enjoyable educational series fills a gap in preschool programming, which has more often tended to focus on developing kids' readiness for reading and math. With Sid as their guide, kids will be inspired to ask question as a means of discovering new things, and they'll want to make observations and test their own scientific theories. The show's dual settings -- Sid's school and his home -- remind young viewers that the scientific world is all around us, waiting to be explored. With some encouragement from parents, there's no end to the educational opportunities that could be inspired by Sid's curiosity.

And, learning aside, the show is sure to be a hit with kids because it's got plenty of music, dance, and all-around good fun. Preschoolers will enjoy aspiring comedian Sid's silly antics and the jokes that he and his friends make up (they're always related to the episode's theme). It's so entertaining that parents might find themselves drawn to watch as well -- and those who do may well learn a few things, too.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the kinds of things that kids like to learn about. Kids: Where do you get your information? What places can you visit to learn more? Which of the scientific methods that Sid learns about have you used? How do scientists use tools to help them discover things? What tools do you use?

  • Families can take the opportunity to check out local museums, zoos, and aquariums to inspire their kids' interest in the sciences.

TV details

Cast:Alice Dinnean, Drew Massey, Julianne Buescher
Network:PBS Kids
Topics:Friendship, Science and nature
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Parent of a 4 year old Written byRose Sims January 4, 2011


Hated it. Compared to Sean The Sheep it's horrible. Yes this is better than Sesame Street and whatnot but this is still very strange how the voices, characters and overall theme is forced happiness all the time. So forced it's surreal and fake and I couldn't get passed it. Wouldn't want my daughter being this fake either. Intention was good, execution failed. As stated earlier, it creeps me out too!
Kid, 11 years old March 6, 2009


I do not like this show at all. The characters are very poorly decorated(I guess that's the word). Other people may like this show, but I hate it. The people creep me out.
Parent of a 4 year old Written byjilljake January 12, 2011


One of the best children's shows out there. So many elements of it make it a cut above the other fare. First, the depiction of the early childhood classroom is incredible. Teacher Susie is an ideal teacher for this age. Preschool teachers should watch her for professional development. She is dynamic, respectful, gentle, positive, and delivers lessons with great energy and creativity. She responds to the interests of the kids and capitalizes on teachable moments. The students are incredibly, and humorously, realistic. The show captures the energy, enthusiasm, and at times, chaos, of the early childhood classroom. I love the fact that one child is clearly hyperactive and the teacher treats him with respect and positivity. He is not sitting in the corner, but actively included and given room to be himself. The lessons represent the natural curiousity of this age group, and provide an excellent introduction to topics that parents can follow up on with conversation and books. And one of the best, though little noticed, aspects of the show is that Sid has interracial parents. How refreshing that this is included, not as the subject of the show, but as just another feature of Sid's life. We need so much more of that depicted in preschool television. And for the folks complaining about Grandma's voice -- I don't get it! I adore her. The love and affection she displays for Sid is wonderful, and she is perhaps the only elderly figure on children's tv who is presented as a dynamic, vital individual. Can't sing the praises of this show enough.
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