As I've mentioned here before, in my professional life, I'm a toxicologist. This means that there are many, many, many years of science education in my past! So I've been thrilled to see my son Ethan develop a love for the PBS Kids show, Sid the Science Kid. This show does a fabulous job of encouraging exploration and asking questions and researching the answers. And it's also lots of fun, so your child learns basic scientific lessons without realizing it! Ethan especially loves it when Sid and his friends dance, and he can usually be found up and dancing along.
Sid the Science Kid will be premiering new episodes on Monday, October 4th. Episodes coming soon will include "Slide to the Side", a lesson about friction, "That's the Way the Ball Bounces", a lesson about elasticity, and "Ignatz's Inertia", a lesson about inertia. I'll be writing more about these episodes in a future post, so stay tuned. And be sure to tune in October 4th for the new season!
To help celebrate the premier of season two of Sid the Science Kid, I was lucky enough to get to review a couple of Sid the Science Kid products. The first product is the Sid the Science Kid Microphone with Sounds and Music. This is modeled after the one that Sid uses in the show and my kids LOVE it. There are four buttons on the side, one for applause, one for laughter, one that alternately plays the theme song and animal sounds, and a fourth button that makes your voice echo.
Apparently this is a toy for those slightly older than preschool-age too
Vivian gets a turn
The other product that we got to review is the Sid the Science Kid Learning Science Kit- Why are Wheels Round?. Today was a rainy day in Seattle, so my husband and son decided that it was a good time to open this kit. They've been having a great time with it- putting together the car, testing out different wheels and talking about shapes and why some work better than others to make the car go. There are other Sid the Science Kid Learning Science Kits available as well, Why Do I Need a Jacket? and How Do Plants Grow?.
This kit is meant for ages 3 and up, and does have some small parts that you'll need to keep an eye on if you have a littler one at home. I thought this was a good kit for Ethan's age- Daniel had to do a lot of the work, and Ethan doesn't understand all the questions in the included journal, but he still had fun. I like toys that grow with him- as he gets older we can get more into the science of the car and its wheels and spend more time making observations and answering questions.
Checking things out
Putting the car together
Testing out their new car
I have good news! One of you will win the Sid the Science Kid Learning Science Kit- Why are Wheels Round! Open to US mailing addresses only, please.
Mandatory entry (must be done for extra entries to count):
Tell me why the child in your life loves Sid the Science Kid! Or, if he/she hasn't found Sid yet, who is his/her favorite PBS Kids character?
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Giveaway will close at 9 PM Pacific time on October 10, 2010. I'll choose winners with random.org and will email those people who will then have 48 hours to respond. Good luck!
Disclosure: I received Sid the Science Kids products to review for myself, along with a preview of some of the new episodes. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone!