I’ve mentioned in the past how much I enjoy Dr. Seuss and The Cat in the Hat stories. My kids enjoy the The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That series on PBS. It stars Martin Short as the voice of the cat. The show was created in response to findings that children entering first grade are less prepared to learn about science than about other subjects. The series encourages young children to learn about science by introducing scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all with the whimsy of Dr. Seuss.
The Cat in the Hat- Tales about Tails is one of Sister’s favorite videos. It has animals. Anything that has animals ranks high on her list, but anything that has a horse is sure to finish in first place.
What’s better than a tale or two?
Tales about Tails from you know who!
It so happens the Cat knows a lot about tails
There are tails on beavers, and even on whales!
You can see how a monkey’s tail helps him climb high
Or a rattlesnake’s tail warns of danger nearby.
When the kids want to perform a little dance,
They meet a bird named Tango, who teaches a prance.
Take a journey with your favorite Cat,
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
Run Time: 75 minutes
- A Sticky Situation
- Trees Company
- Rain Game
- You Should Be Dancing
- A Tale About Tails
If you want a good, clean, fun DVD that is sure to teach your kids a thing or two about animals, I highly recommend this one. They learn without realizing it, as it is educational fun. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
You can find learning activities to augment the DVD at NCircle’s educational site http://www.theyarelearning.com/. You can also check out PBSKIDS.ORG for printable activity sheets, games, and videos. Additional parent and teacher resources are also available on PBS Parents ( PBSPARENTS.org) and PBS Teachers (PBSTEACHERS.org) sites.
I especially appreciate that the Program Description, which is located in the PBS Parents section, describes the educational objectives of each show, and offers additional games and activities that you can do, to extend the learning time. For example, the Trees Company episode suggests the related activity of Exploring Animals in Trees. This page is a veritable treasure trove of activities that I can (and have) use to teach my kids about life science. They especially enjoyed the leaf and bark rubbings suggested.
This would make a great stocking stuffer!