I’ve said this before but I love PBS! My daughter and I like to watch Sid the Science Kid (award-winning) together and this week there are lots of science themes related to the environment!
Who Is Sid The Science Kid?
If you haven’t watched Sid the Science Kid before, you’re missing out! Sid is an energetic and very inquisitive preschooler who likes to ask questions and spends his day finding the answers! We always learn something science related when we watch the show and Sid and his friends make us laugh! I love the music and we often find ourselves dancing or nodding our heads to the up beat music!
I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the four episodes for Environment and Habitat week on PBS and I promise you the entire family will be sure to get something out of each episode (check out a sneak peak yourself by clicking here). These are perfect for classroom teachers as well and not just for Earth Week!
“Why does Sid’s Dad wear a mask when he paints?”
Sid the roving reporter is investigating something strange in his backyard–his Dad is wearing a mask while painting. Sid discovers that his Dad is protecting his face so he doesn’t breathe in the dirty fumes. At school, Sid and his friends discover that people and animals on Earth need to breathe clean air, and when we pollute the air around us, it affects the air that everyone breathes. The kids also discover that trees have a really important role in keeping our air clean.
“Where does trash go when we throw it away?”
Sid’s toy robot is broken, so he wants to throw it “away.” Sid’s Mom tells him there is no such thing as “away,” and when we put something in the trash, we are actually creating waste. Sid and his friends explore the idea that
everything we throw away goes somewhere. This leads to an investigation of how to recycle and reuse items so that we make less trash.
My Shoes Are Shrinking
Sid can’t fit in his favorite shoes anymore and he sets out to find out why. Are his shoes shrinking, or is he in fact just growing like all kids his age? Let’s find out…
Save The Stump
“Can an old stump be a home for tiny creatures?”
Sid is super excited because his Dad is clearing out space in the yard for a basketball court! While Sid and Dad are surveying the land, Sid notices a big stump teeming with little creatures! During a special field trip to The Science Center, Sid and his friends discover that there are animal habitats all around us, even in old stumps, and if one habitat is destroyed, all of the other habitats and animals are affected.
“Where Did The Water Go?”
“What happens to water that goes down the drain?”)
While brushing his teeth, Sid wonders what happens to all the dirty water when it goes down the drain. At The Science Center, Sid and his friends explore how water travels in and out of our homes through pipes. And here’s something Sid and his friends never realized: there’s lots of water in the world, but you can’t drink it all! We can only use fresh water, and there aren’t a lot of fresh water sources in the world. That’s why it’s important not to waste water.
And every Mom’s favorite: