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Peg + Cat



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

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn basic mathematical problem-and-solution sets embedded in real-life situations; for example, how to divide oranges equally and fairly among four pirate buddies. Various counting skills and concepts are especially emphasized for emergent mathematicians. Peg's problem solving routine helps kids identify all types of problems but the solutions are all mathematical. The show presents simple ideas with super-engaging examples, like the geometrical aspects of sending chickens into space, to name just one. peg + cat strums up fun and interest in math concepts with a gentle, quirky vibe; kids will love tuning in.


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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the peg + cat website delivers early math concepts through music, cute voice overs, and problem-solving quests. Based on the book The Chicken Problem and the PBS Kids program of the same name, peg + cat provides a mostly positive, problem-solving female role model in a safe environment. You can watch any episode of the show on the site, with new ones appearing each Friday. If they're fans of the show, your kids will have fun navigating through this charming site filled with activities, games, and even a few craft projects. 

What's it about?

Peg + cat contains a well-rounded selection of goodies: you can watch full episodes or song segments, play skills-oriented games; explore a few content-labeled math lessons; and get hands-on with a handful of crafty, language-artsy activities like flip books, board games, and coloring pages. Most episodes follow a simple structure: title sequences that Peg calls "message thingys" and a repeated problem-solving song ground kids in a bit of routine, while the goofy yet sophisticated narratives seem to each have their own unique flow.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about problem solving out loud in Peg's classic style: For example, "First I try to make sure I understand the problem -- what do you think the problem is?"

  • Incorporate problem solving into real life situations -- how many minutes do you have to wait for your bread to toast before it burns?

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

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Parent of a 5 year old Written byKathleenGeorge May 19, 2014

Thank goodness for smart TV for kids

This show offers Broadway-caliber music with silly, fun stories that have problem solving at their core. My son and I just love this show: We sing "Pickin' Up Chickens" and "Sorty Sort Sort" all the time just because they're so funny. I'm puzzled by the criticism of Peg. Peg is dramatic -- have you met a 4-5-6-year-old who isn't? Plus, she's a cartoon. A character. She's a send-up. She's funny. Most kids with an ounce of self-awareness can grasp the humor without thinking she's setting a literal example. Even if my boy doesn't turn off the TV and immediately grasp geometric concepts, that's OK with me: He's getting exposed to many different musical styles, smart dialogue and literary references (we're watching "The Blabberwocky Problem" right now) that will nestle in his subconscious as he moves through life, learning. I'll take that over whiny Caillou any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byKaye1 June 17, 2014

It does not only teach kids about math, it teaches kids about life problems like "Arthur". Peg + Cat is a perfect cousin show to "Arthur" and "Martha Speaks

"That's what makes you beautiful!" Like what One Direction said, iPeg + Cat has a way to make things beautiful! Special thanks to stars, Hayley Faith Negrin, Ariana Grande, and Nikki Blonsky!
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Parent Written byceruleanskies001 June 1, 2016

Not perfect but good

My take on Peg and her "drama queen" attitude was much different than some other parents. When she freaks out, she counts which is not only an amazing life skill, reinforces math skills, but also may help kids through math anxiety. Yes, the show is louder than say, Tumbleleaf, and that can be grating on the ears. The songs are top notch and catchy and the concepts are presented in good flow, though. I don't see what others may see with the drama queen and meaness. I think it's a good show for us.


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