Announcing the Monkey-Movie Marathon on PBS, Nov 23rd!
celebrating the holidays by inspiring a love of science, math and engineering in young kids
Plus, tell us how you playfully explore these important concepts with your own children.
Curious George is the kind of character my kids can relate to: smart, daring, full of energy and, of course, curious. We've had countless hours of fun pouring over this little monkey's mishaps in books, and Curious George on PBS is one of the few things I'll let my kiddos watch on TV.
I never feel bad about letting them snuggle up for a half hour of Curious George because afterward they're immediately asking questions and wanting to know why and how George manages to do the things he does. George's quest to understand the deeper workings of everything he touches (to the great exasperation of The Man with the Yellow Hat) reinforces their own innate need to explore and understand—and that is empowering.
And, frankly, when it comes to science, math and engineering concepts we need more ways of empowering our youth. The PBS crew has done a pretty good job of this: providing ways to learn with Curious George on PBS, on their educational website, or by printing their family activity booklet that is packed full of screen-free ideas.
Their PBS Parents site also has a cool list of episode inspired science experiments that require simple materials and are safe for the little ones. Talk about fun! The Marvelous Meringues experiment provided just the right level of learning and laughs to keep the kids wanting more. And, it plays into type of science and math learning we are already doing at home—creative activities that are inspired by everyday living.
Whether it's baking a cake or building a birdhouse, we want to hear your best tips for empowering the curiosity of the little ones in our lives. Let's inspire each other by sharing the simple and unique ways we have found to work science, math and engineering concepts into playful learning. Post them below!
And don't forget to catch the PBS Holiday Spectacular monkey-movie marathon on Nov 23rd!—with back-to-back airings of the original Curious George feature film, starring Will Ferrell & Drew Barrymore, Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey and A Very Monkey Christmas..