What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated series based on The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library book series introduces preschoolers to basic scientific concepts and exploration of the natural world. Kids will follow the discovery process from a question through gathering clues and finally to a conclusion, and the topics will inspire their own curiosity about what they observe in the world around them.
What's the story?
Dr. Seuss’s famous feline sets aside his mischievous ways to teach kids about science, nature, and the thrill of exploring the world around them when he returns to the screen in THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT. In each story, Cat (voiced by Martin Short) and his friends Nick (Jacob Ewaniuk) and Sally (Alexa Torrington) identify a science-related question and start following clues to find an answer. Of course their travels aren’t without unexpected twists and turns, especially when Thing 1 and Thing 2 tag along for the ride.
Is it any good?
Science class has never been as much fun for kids as it is with the Cat in the Hat leading the charge -- he makes it a joy to learn. With his guidance, kids are introduced to concepts like migration, animal classification, and nocturnal behavior, and the characters approach the discovery process with enthusiasm as they piece together clues that will lead them to the answers to their questions.
The great news is that kids will be so absorbed by the Cat’s antics and gadgets -- including a shrinkamadoodle and bigamabooble that let the characters change size at will to better explore even the smallest nook and cranny -- that they won’t even mind that they're watching "educational" TV.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the natural world. Kids: What aspects of nature interest you the most? What do you like to learn about animals? What did you learn from this show?
Kids: What questions about science do you have? How would you go about investigating them? What would you expect to learn?
What are your favorite things to learn about? What books, games, and other resources do you like to learn from? How do TV shows like this one help you learn?