Sid the Science Kid

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Boy's queries get kids curious about the world.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 62 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 41 reviews

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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 & Representations

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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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sid the Science Kid 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant and 3-year-old Written byMaKoski December 30, 2010

You learn something new every show.

I like the realness of the show... They are safety concerned. They use booster seats in the car, safety glasses, helmets,etc.
I love that they use big words.
Adult Written byjordansmith March 16, 2019

Absolutely horrible

I know that this show has already ended long ago but today my 3 year old girl watched it and was horrified! Yes the show is educational but there are lots of th... Continue reading
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 peo... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byLovegahca1232 September 9, 2020

Why SID why

l love this show but then it went away i did not know why then i saw some stuff about sid and i saw a bad vidoe of sid NOW I HATE SID WHY SID WHY

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, Sid the Science Kid 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.

Talk to your kids 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 on Sid the Science Kid 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.

  • How do the characters in Sid the Science Kid demonstrate curiosity and respectful communication? Why are these important character strengths?

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For kids who love preschool fun

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