During the week of October 4, Sid and his friends learn about Force and Motion, with episodes that get kids up and moving, actively experimenting with the preschool physics concepts of friction, elasticity and inertia:
“Slide To The Side” (“Why Can’t I do the ‘Sid Slide to the Side’ dance in my sneakers?”)
Sid tries out his new dance called “The Sid Slide to the Side!” on his hardwood floor. He soon finds out his sneakers can’t slide, which leads Sid and his friends to observe and investigate friction; what makes something slow down.
“That’s The Way the Ball Bounces” (“Why didn’t my ball bounce?”)
Sid creates a new sport called Playdough Ball! When it’s time to play, Sid discovers that his ball doesn’t bounce, it just splats on the ground. At school Sid and his friends discover that if a ball doesn’t have enough elasticity, it won’t bounce.
"Ignatz’s Inertia" (“Why didn’t Ignatz stop moving?”)
Sid pushes his toy panda Ignatz across his room on a skateboard, but when the skateboard bumps a wooden block and halts, Ignatz continues to fly forward. Teacher Susie tells Sid and pals that things keep moving until they are stopped, and that’s called inertia.
“Sid’s Super Kick” (“Is my Super Sid Kick too super?”)
Sid becomes his alter ego Super Sid, the world’s greatest super hero. While demonstrating his Super Sid Kick!, Sid learns that by kicking a ball with more force, the ball will fly farther. Things become very clear when Teacher Susie demonstrates force with a 6-foot tall air cannon and tennis balls.
Just as Daylight Saving Time begins to make the days shorter and the nights longer during the week of November 8, Sid and his pals investigate Lights and Shadows, with episodes on light, darkness, shadows and rainbows:
“Let There Be Light” (“Why can’t I grab the light that comes out of my flashlight?”)
Sid and his baby brother Zeke are playing a game where they try to “grab” the light coming out of the flashlight. But Sid and his friends discover that they can’t grab light, and they can’t make it bend around a corner – unless you reflect it. They also discover that not all light is the same color—it can be bright, soft, yellow, white, etc.
“Discovering Darkness” (“Why am I getting up in the dark?”)
Sid has to wake up a bit early on a winter morning, so that means it’s darker in the morning and darker earlier in the evening. This leads Sid and his friends to investigate and observe what happens when a light source is completely blocked—creating darkness.
“Shadow Smile” (“Why doesn’t my shadow smile when I do?”)
After looking at his own shadow on his bedroom wall, Sid starts wondering why his shadow doesn’t smile when he does. This leads Sid and his friends to investigate creating shadows at school.
“A Rainbow Every Day” (“Oh no! What happened to the rainbow?”)
From his tree house, Sid spots a rainbow in the sky. He races down the tree, runs into the kitchen, and excitedly tells his parents and Zeke to come outside to see the rainbow. But when they arrive, it’s gone. A field trip to the Science Center shows Sid and his friends experiment with large prisms and learn how rainbows are made from light, not paint.
We were fortunate to get a bunch of Sid the Science Kid goodies to hold a screening party with a bunch of my boys' friends to watch the following episodes: Slide to the Side, That's the Way the Ball Bounces, and Ignatz's Inertia.
The most popular episode by far was Slide to the Side. The kids learned about rubber and friction and loved when race cars were used to demonstrate the concepts being discussed. Smiley Boy kept shouting "room" (vroom)!
The kids also learned about elasticity while throwing balls around the living room, and they also learned about inertia while letting toy cars go down a slide (it was fun to watch them mimic the kids on the show!).
They even played with the cool Sid the Science Kids toys we got!
The new Sid the Science Kid episodes were a lot of fun and very educational at the same time, and I bet the kids will be excited to see the rest of the new episodes...I know my boys can't wait!
Don't forget to watch the new episodes beginning October 4!
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Gem is a Hawaii Mom Blogger who posts reviews and giveaways, and blogs about life in Hawaii as a mom of 3 boys, including one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to travel, bake, and eat anything with chocolate.