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The Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That!  for PBS KIDS

The Cat in the Hat Knows Alot About That! for PBS KIDS

Spring 2012 Website
Ages: 2 - 8 yrs.
Contributions From: Scott Gordon
Contributions From: Kate Klimo
Contributions From: Lynn Kestin
Producer: Jesse Dunne
Publisher: Random House
Review:

The Cat in the Hat website is totally entertaining and full of educational opportunities that take the series far beyond just a TV show. Like other PBS Kids sites it's simple to navigate, free to use, and full of content. Crisp, easy to understand graphics and character voiceovers help kids (and parents!) navigate the site. While one section is dedicated to showing Cat in the Hat videos, fans of the program will enjoy the multitude of other activities on the site. Games, printable activities, "Snap-o-Rama", and Cat's Math Mayhem offer opportunities to interact with the computer and practice age appropriate skills like counting and concepts like weather and matching.

After watching an episode of Cat in the Hat called "Flower Power," I found several activities to do with my child that helped him discover the role of flowers in nature. In the games section, we found Flower Finder, in which players matched birds and bees to the flowers they use for food and pollination. I checked out the Parents page and found several more activities we could do, as well as book suggestions for taking the lesson further. For curious kids and parents looking for learning activities, the Cat in the Hat is a great resource.

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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