The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That…and so will you!

September 24, 2010 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot about That produced by Portfolio Entertainment and Collingwood O’Hare Entertainment Ltd.; in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House Children’s Entertainment, Treehouse, and PBS KIDS; airing on PBS stations, 2010.

With chaotic help from Thing 1 and Thing 2, the Cat in the Hat (voice of actor Martin Short) leads Sally and Nick on scientific expeditions.  In inimitable Seussian style, preschoolers and early elementary students will be edutained–educated in an entertaining way.  Each half hour show includes two episodes that run about 12 minutes each.  In that brief time, science concepts are introduced.  There isn’t enough time to fully explore the concepts, but there is enough material to spark interest.

While I thoroughly enjoyed the show, and I know kids will too, it has to be used in conjunction with the Web resources found at PBS Kids (  Short videos are available to reinforce simple concepts (like Mrs. Robin’s instructions for building a nest) and select episodes can be watched in their entirety.  Games and activities (some are exclusively online, some can be printed) are interactive, entertaining and educational and tie in with the episodes.

As a parent and a librarian, I love the parent resources.  The best resource is “The Explorer’s Guide,” a list of tips and strategies to encourage a child’s scientific curiosity.  An activities list is also available, providing suggested activities to do around the house and neighborhood in conjunction with specific episodes.  Teacher resources include similar materials.

Of course, there are books that tie-in with each episode (published by Random House) so the episodes can be watched followed by repeated reading of the books.  If I had more time, or a practicum student 😉 , I would create pathfinders using library materials that tie in with the scientific concepts of each episode.

Hmmm, this might be a great idea for science backpacks that preschoolers could check out with books and videos that further explore the scientific topics presented in each episode.  Imagine P.D. Eastman’s The Best Nest included in a backpack supporting the episode “Nest Best Thing” along with nonfiction books about birds and nests.  Of course, there would have to be an instruction sheet for making a nest at home, too!

Perhaps this would be a good resource for creating story times?  Maybe a Science Club?  Explorers Club?


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