~I received PEEP and the Big Wild World: Seasons of Adventure from PBS in exchange for this post. Opinions and stories are my own.~
Follow a newly hatched chicken named Peep and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck) on their daily adventures. They live in “the big wide world,” a place of great wonder and mystery, a place they are forever eager to explore. Celebrate being curious, being adventurous, and, for at least one character, being a duck.
I will admit that before I received this DVD I had never even heard of the show Peep and the Big Wide World. I normally enjoy shows meant for preschoolers so I was willing to give it a go. It is always nice to change up the shows we are watching to keep things interesting. Upon putting the DVD in I immediately recognized the narrator as Joan Cusack. Her voice is very actually enjoyable to listen to. She even has a great Q & A on the website about why the show holds a special place in her heart. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed watching the show right alongside my girls.
Basically the show answers questions that preschoolers may have about the world around them by teaching science in a way for kids to understand with some humor and simple and bright characters. This particular DVD includes episodes focusing on the different seasons throughout the year.
- The Mystery of the Thing That Went and Came Back – Peep sets sail (accidentally) in the Good Ship Easter Egg.
- Peep’s Color Quest – Quack has an exciting new toy: a pair of orange sunglasses, on loan from the Fish Museum.
- Snow Daze – Here’s one more flaw in duck design: unlike beavers, ducks can’t slide on their tails. (Or make great art.)
- Flower Shower – Chirp discovers the springiest thing about spring (a pink cherry orchard). But then she makes the mistake of telling Quack.
- Who Stole the Big Wide World– – Well, wouldn’t you ask that question if you woke up and the world was gray and everything in it was gone?
- M-U-D Spells Trouble – Mix mud and sun and what do you get? A stuck robin, that’s what!
- Quack Quack – If one smug, pompous, hilarious duck named Quack is good, then two must be better. Megan Mullally guest-stars as Quack #2.
- One Duck Too Many – There’s only one way to get rid of an obnoxious duck, and that’s to build her a new pond. (To her exact specifications, of course.)
Printable coloring pages are included on the DVD. Just put into your computer to print for extra fun.
Peep and the Big Wide World offers free Anywhere Science and Math Activities on their website. They consist of many great activities for you to do with your preschooler! Written by a preschool teacher who specializes in early childhood science, these easy-to-do ideas are fun ways for you and your kids to learn simple science and math concepts. Each activity extends the math and science ideas from the show. Now every time we watch the show my 5 year old wants to go and try one of the activities. I get excited to see her gaining an interest in Science and Math.
Purchase: You can purchase PEEP and the Big Wild World: Seasons of Adventure for $9.99. By purchasing through PBS Shop instead of other retailers, you are helping to support innovative and educational programming for all of us.