Parents' Guide to

Peg + Cat

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Delight in pre-K problem-solving duo's quirky adventures.

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age 3+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 2+

Clever, Musical and Entertaining

A clever show that’s fine to watch, both for it’s funny Cat character and musical emphasis. Also educational, and can entertain kids from 2-8! Also, not annoying for adults to have on either, and many may enjoy it as well. Great programming!

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age 4+

My Child is Entertained Whilst Learning

What we like: + We like the illustrations (I especially like the graph paper background and random muted math equations that make up the base of the background and the way that everything looks like it's styled in colored pencil or crayon.). + We enjoy learning. I feel like she's having fun whilst absorbing math and problem solving. What we don't like: - We watched an episode today where peg gave her cat chocolate milk. I really wish that all of the lessons were real-life because then they would be learning all true info. If I hadn't already been there watching the show with her, she might have thought that it was ok to give chocolate treats to cats or dogs and then poison them on accident.

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Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Peg charges into auto racing, pirate sleepovers, spaceships, and cake baking adventures with aplomb while sharing, helping others, and solving social and mathematical problems. Using charming stick-drawn equations, ukulele ditties, and friendly banter, Peg and her pear-shaped sidekick, Cat (plus a host of supporting critter characters) lead kids through patterns, shapes, adding, dividing, and more. As always, PBS and the Fred Rogers Company deliver exceptional educational content, capturing learning moments that are often missed by less experienced sources. Especially helpful is the customizable closed captioning that comes with all videos including a range of font sizes and separate window and text background colors.

The overall feel is positive and upbeat due to Peg's enthusiasm, determination, and energy but so-so games and a few quirky elements keep peg + cat from Blue's Clues-level quality. Although peg + cat is clearly for the preschool crowd, Peg deals with a sassy group of teenagers quite a bit; the heavy focus on these texting teens is a bit mystifying. On the slightly more philosophical side, Peg declares "We've got a really big problem!" to introduce every solution and "freaks out" when she thinks she can't handle the situation. While these freakouts are limited to a brief bout of shouting, this constant panic seems to soften her legitimacy as a role model despite her tried and true calming down strategy: counting backwards.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Math : addition, counting, division, grouping, measurement, numbers, patterns, shapes, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning : applying information, decision-making, deduction, part-whole relationships, problem solving, Self-Direction : academic development, personal growth, Emotional Development : handling stress, identifying emotions, persevering, Responsibility & Ethics : making wise decisions, respect for others
  • Genre: Educational
  • Last updated: November 12, 2019

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