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Sid the Science Kid

Sid the Science Kid

Spring 2012 Television
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Rating: TV Y
Review:

Any fan of Sid the Science Kid or anyone with an interest in experimenting will love the Sid the Science Kid website. Like other PBS Kids websites, Sid the Science Kid is intuitive to use and easy to navigate. The large, uncluttered pages use big font, large icons and character voiceovers to help kids find their way around. Any content not directed at kids (parent and teacher info, TV schedules) is kept small and simple.

Sid the Science Kid's website has a weekly theme, which mirrors the most recent broadcast, that merits following on a regular basis. After watching an episode of Sid the Science Kid on PBS that looked at food and decay, we checked out the website. The feature for the week was "Transformation and Change"-tying in with the episode we just saw. My son absolutely loved making a plate of fruit decay. The page featured a simple ruler showing days and an image of fruit on a plate. Click the next day and the fruit would further decay.

With over twenty-five games, streaming videos, and printable activities, this site makes it easy to explore science ideas and concepts with your child. The "Tell me more!" feature helps parents expand on ideas when kids want to know even more about a concept. For decay, the feature suggested an experiment using common household items to study decay. It offers great fun for a kid, while encouraging learning too. I would highly recommend the site.

Tracey Clark   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Tracey Clark is the mother of a three year old son. When she's not chasing after him, she's running the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, a local non-profit, and an architectural antique business. She dreams of the day she can get back on her motorcycle and continue seeing the world.

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