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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! - TV Show Review

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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That
Photo © PBS KIDS
TV Rating: TV-Y
Genre: Children's educational/animated/preschool
Guide age recommendation: 2-6
Episode length: 2 stories, approx. 25 minutes
Network: PBS

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! - Overview

That silly Cat in the Hat is back, and this time in his own colorfully animated TV show! The show is based on The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library book series and centers around a science-based curriculum for kids.

In each musical episode, The Cat in the Hat visits his friends Nick and Sally. A science related question gets their brains going, and with the help of Thing One, Thing Two and the Fish, The Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Nick on a wondrous adventure to get a first-hand answer to their natural science-based question.

According to PBS, the show "was created in response to recent findings that children graduating from kindergarten are less prepared to learn about science than about other subjects. The series supports young children’s science learning by introducing scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all in whimsical style."

Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About ThatPhoto © PBS KIDS

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! - Guide Review for Parents

Colorful, silly and fun, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That brilliantly captures kids attention and shows them how interesting and enjoyable science can be. Kids will love the zany Cat and his friends Thing One and Thing 2, and of course, the Fish. Kids will also become familiar with the songs and a few catch phrases that show up in every episode.

The series is aimed at preschoolers, and it really plays well for kids as young as two, who will love the characters and learn simple animal names or other things about the subject matter, to kids as old as six or seven, who will be able to absorb the more in depth facts and the bigger scientific picture. Even parents may learn a fact or two they didn't know before.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! - Ideas for Further Learning

  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! website contains games, activities and ideas for additional learning, as well as info for parents and teachers.
  • The books from the The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library (available at stores or through a book club) present an opportunity to help kids learn and learn to love reading.
  • Help kids apply the scientific learning on the show to their own lives by exploring science with them. Next time your kids notice something in nature or ask a science question, help them explore the topic hands-on. You can get great ideas for different science projects from the internet on science websites for kids, and some of the Cat in the Hat books offer ideas as well.
*Many of the fabulous Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! episodes are also available on DVD. Here is a list of the top Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! DVDs.
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