**************Update for EARTH DAY!********************
Visit Sid the Science Kid special earth day site. There are a lot of great activities that your little scientists are sure to enjoy (printable coloring pages, jokes, and experiments! There are also fun resources that relate to each episode topic. This is a great way to explore and learn together- all while encouraging kids to be friendly to our planet.
Zoe and I watched “The dirt on dirt today” a special episode of Sid the Science Kid . I loved it. I didn’t think she got anything out of it until later in the day; after their naps we went outside like we do in the afternoons. This time, Zoe saw the dirt and she wanted to play with it. She asked for her shovel and bucket and she started playing. She dumped the bucket of dirt out and said “yah”. She looked at the dirt. Then she was done until she saw mommy cleaning it up. She wanted to play with it. So I helped her use the shovel to put the dirt back in the bucket. (We have a separate bucket of dirt for her to play in because our ground is all rocks and impossible for her to play in.)
About Sid the Science Kid
Sid the Science Kid is an animated series that looks like 3-D computer animation. It is designed around children’s creative desire to learn and explore. Sid asks a lot of questions and wants to learn. His pre-school teacher is very creative and sings to help teach them about the world around them. The scientific process can be used even at their learning level. I found the singing and dancing to be very cute and funny. I think if my daughter wasn’t sick right now she would have danced as well.
“The Dirt on Dirt” is part of a day full of shows that are Earth Day inspired. Check your local listings for time and don’t forget that Earth day is April 22. This episode investigates dirt. How many kids of dirt are there? What’s in the dirt? I haven’t thought of things like that in a long time. Seeing things through the eyes of a child is eye opening.
So my daughter was encouraged to play and explore dirt from educational TV. Not all TV is bad. PBS Kids is completely educational. There are shows about reading and letters and words. Then of course you have Sesame Street which is one of my daughter’s favorite sites to visit.