Monday, August 24, 2009

Sid the Science Kid and Dive Olly Dive - DVD Review and Giveaway



Albert Einstein once said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Preschoolers are budding little scientists and see everything as a miracle. They love learning about how things work and like to discover and explore. Their curiosity about the science of everyday life should be encouraged and nurtured. Jim Henson's newest animated puppet series shown on PBS called Sid the Science Kid helps preschoolers learn the basics of science.

We've watched Sid the Science Kid on PBS since it first debuted last year. The star of the show is a high energy, microphone toting, curious preschool-aged boy named Sid. Like so many preschoolers his favorite phrase is WHY? But he doesn't just ask why, he actively searches for answers and figures everything out by asking his parents, friends, grandmother and teacher.

Each episode of the series features a different, preschool appropriate science related question. Sid spends an entire day concentrating and learning about everything that relates to that particular science concept. Every day, the show follows the same predictable order of events:

1) Sid wakes up and thinks of a question
2) Sid discusses question with his parents at breakfast
3) Sid rides to school with his mom (and sings Mom Song)
4) Sid surveys his friends (and sings Friend Song)
5) Rug Time at school
6) Super Fab Lab where they "Observe! Compare! Contrast! Describe! and write in their journals (often includes clip of real children)
7) Play time including "Good Laughternoon" joke time
8) Susie's Song
9) Back seat driving with Grandma on way home from school
10) Evening chat with family
11) Bedtime and Sid's BIG IDEA

Earlier this month, on August 4th, NCircle Entertainment released two Sid the Science DVD's, Sid the Science Kid: Change Happens and Sid the Science Kid: The Bug Club. Each of the DVDs runs about 115 minutes and each features four different episodes. We had the opportunity to review both of the DVDs. There's plenty of content for your money's worth! My daughter preferred watching Change Happens over The Bug Club. Her favorite episode out of both DVDs was the one featuring decaying and decomposing food called "My Mushy Banana." The DVDs we received included a bonus DVD with episodes from a variety of preschool shows including WordWorld, Dive Olly Dive and more.

DVD episode listings:
Sid the Science Kid: Change Happens

Episodes discuss Transformation & Change:
- My Mushy Banana (Topic: Decay)
- My Shrinking Shoes (Topic: Growth)
- My Ice Pops (Topic: Change caused by cold)
- The Perfect Pancake (Topic: Change caused by heat)

Sid the Science Kid: The Bug Club

Episodes discuss Backyard Science:
- Hello Doggie! (Topic: Animal Communication)
- Home Tweet Home (Topic: Animal and Insect Habitats)
- The Dirt on Dirt (Topic: Dirt)
- Don't Forget the Leaves (Topic: Leaves)

Sid the Science Kid is one of the most educational shows for preschoolers available right now. The episodes are perfect for those with short attention spans because they are broken up into small manageable segments. My daughter especially loves all the songs and the joke time. I try to watch the episodes with my daughter so that we can talk about the science concepts discussed on the show and apply them at home. Another reason the shows gets a thumbs up from me -- the characters are ethnically diverse and multi-generational. Only a few minor complaints: Sid's chuckle gets on my nerves and Dad (a.k.a Mort) looks way too dorky and reminds me Dick Van Dyke's toy character in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The gorgeous corresponding Sid the Science PBS website is full of several episode related activities and games and even includes a comprehensive parents and teachers page for those that wish to incorporate the show's concepts into home or school studies.

Dive Olly Dive: Ship Shape Sub deserves its own time in the limelight, so I'll post a review later after I have time to sit and watch the whole DVD. The DVD released on August 4th along with the Sid the Science DVDs. I've never seen the show on TV. According to a news release, "Dive Olly Dive! follows the fun-filled underwater escapades of Olly and Beth, two young research submarines-in-training." Children learn about ocean life and ocean eco-systems through watching the animated show along with learning about friendship and teamwork.

DVD Source: Review copies provided for free by NCircle Entertainment. (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

Related Links:
PBS Kids Sid the Science Kid
NCircle Entertainment
The Jim Henson Company
Jim Henson's Creature Shop - Learn how Henson Digital Puppetry Studio produces Sid the Science Kid
Dive Olly Dive Website

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130 comments:

Nicole said...

My children have all had to make volcanoes for Science experiments!!

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I love that these are good for those with short attention spans! Please enter me!

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TheAngelForever said...

I remember doing a changes in taste experiment. Used different flavored Jelly Belly beans and tried to see if taste changes were noted by age.

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abfantom said...

I would love to win this for my daughter. Her favorite all time experiment was when my husband took her to work and she got to see herself on a thermal imaging camera.

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Amy B. said...

We made rubber bouncing balls from a kit.
Thanks for the giveaway!
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shopannies said...

I created a leaf identity book when I was in school and helped daughter and friends build a volcano
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KPort207 said...

The only one I can recall doing is making a few volcanoes. It's been MANY years since I was in school! My granddaughter LOVES Sid the Science Kid! Thanks.

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clenna said...

I've made sugar crystals when i was a kid and with my own kids.

I have a 1 year old Grand daughter who loves Sid - he's her favorite on TV.

Nad said...

An experiment I did with my son recently were "milk color fireworks", where we put some milk in a plate, then put drops of different food colorings in it, and then dipped a toothpick covered in dishwashing soap in each colored dots. The colors then "explode" into tiny little fireworks in the milk. Pretty cool!

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MoziEsmé said...

We've tried to do the egg in a bottle experiment - it failed!

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Beth said...

The mentos and diet coke experiment we did was kind of cool.
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judybrittle said...

My favorite as a child was hanging a string in sugar water to see the crystals form on the string. I always liked them easy and fun. Thank you!

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carol said...

I was never really into science..but my little granddaughter is starting to get interested..would love to win this for her...thanks for the great giveaway

Bombtastic Belle said...

I remember doing the one where we had to see the effects of Coke on bones - so we soaked a chicken bone in a can of it for a week to see what it did - it makes it brittle. We thought that was the coolest thing in 5th grade. *lol*
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mscoffee77 said...

I remember making an eurupting volcano in elementary school:)

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Dolphin Girl said...

I remember having to make an edible cell, we made it out of food, and shared it with the class. It was kind of weird, but fun.

Carol said...

I remember doing things with batteries! I would love to give these DVDs to my grandson! Thank you for the giveaway.
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Winning Readings said...

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Sheila said...

My grandson loves these characters.
I remember growing a bean plant in a paper cup as a kid.
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Jennifer said...

As a kid, I remember trying to grow salt crystals. I did something wrong and just ended up with frozen salt water. :(

Katie said...

I loved using the photo reactive paper when I was a kid. Fun!
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Dawn said...

Thanks for the chance to win this dvd.

I am a follower through Google Reader.

My all-time favorite has always been ooblick. The mess, the feel, and the amazement at what it can do. As for favorites with my kids, since they are still young, are the ones that they spark by every day living and playing. Turning those into experiments are great. For example, my daughter loved to wander around the house finding objects and seeing if they float.

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cstironkat said...

We had to do an experiment with plants. We had two groups of plants. One group we played music too the other we just let grow. The group with the music played to them grew faster and had more flowers. To this day that amazes me.

Honey Mommy said...

Sid the Science Kid is awesome. We have caught it on TV and my little guy LOVED it.

I remember as a child we experimented with crayons. We left then in the sun and saw how they melted!

Staci said...

My son loves watching Sid!

We do lots of little experiments, but my son's favorite was building volcanoes. Then we added baking soda and vinegar to see what would happen.
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Shelly said...

My 4 year old loves an experiment with milk, soap and food coloring

Debbie F said...

Please enter me!
The only experiment I remember is what boils faster, plain water or salt water? Don't ask me which one it was - can't remember!
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autie said...

I like to find ways to make sodas make huge explosions with my siblings...not sure that's "science" but it's fun!

Sbot said...

We did the cheesy fake volcano, complete with overflowing red lava!!

GabbyLowe said...

The only experiment I remember in one in highschool where we had to prick or finger to findout our blood tpye

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Lower Mitten Kitten said...

My kids test gravity all the time. A binkie here or a sippy cup there from my 1 year old. My 5 year old likes to test gravity using himself. Jump off the counch or down 4 steps into the basement.

tatertot374 said...

Last year I had to help my children with picture collages and that was fun
Thank you for the chance
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Anonymous said...

making a homemade volcano
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Raising a Happy Child said...

My favorite science experiment so far was making puffy paint. Growing up it was definitely anything that changed color or bubbled - baking powder and vinegar combo comes to mind first.

Nancye said...

I can remember making ice cream as a science experiment

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Terra H. said...

These would be great fun and educational DVDs for my nephew. Thanks.
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Ken said...

I remember the moldy piece of bread in a petrie dish. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Rachel Sue said...

I think that I do not belong to a very science oriented family. I cannot think of one experiment I have done with my children, or that I did as a child. Lame, I know.

familytiesandgrowingpains said...

my daughter loves sid the science kid. i think he is very educational!
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Alleykatt said...

It was the volcano project. This was done when I was a kid in elementary school. I sure don't remember all the ingredients but I know vinegar and soda played a part. And I practiced at home with my Mom and it went all over the ceiling and my Dad had to climb the ladder to clean it off.

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Carol EL said...

I got a microscope many years ago and I can remember looking at a slice of onion and seeing the way it was composed of cell-like structures. jelly15301@gmail.com

Daniel M said...

i had a chemistry kit when i was a kid, never happen nowadays though - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Dave said...

One year I made a goldfish maze. I put food in one end to see if the goldfish could find their way through the maze to the food. Nope. Conclusion - goldfish are dumb. Thank you for the fun give-away.

denyse said...

We just bought and did a Glacier Kit with the kids. It was cool. It had snow and we made the glaciers.

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Anonymous said...

Baking soda and vinegar created a faux lava flow!

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Chris said...

I remember in preschool one of my teachers giving us a saltine cracker and having me chew on it for a long time to notice how it turned sweet in my mouth.

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Rajee said...

My children have all had to make volcanoes for Science experiments!!

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Chelsea said...

We made a solar cooker with a pizza box, black paper, and aluminum foil and tried to make smores. It didn't really work but was still fun to make! FlipFlopsChels@msn.com

mom2anutball said...

The only one I can remember doing is making a volcano. Seems like there were more, but I can't remember them!
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amyd said...

I remember doing a volcano which I thought was the coolest thing!

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Anonymous said...

Who didn't allow potatoes to sprout? Even when you didn't want them to.
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Leslie S. said...

My oldest daughter and I made invisible ink for a science project.Thanks!

Susan said...

We now have 4 small pots of sprouting beans to check how fast they grow. We have a disignated plastic container so we can study bugs before letting them go free.
The 5 year old has come up with experiment she want sto do by watching Sid the Science Kid.

Tif said...

Oohhh, please include me!! We love Sid!!

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FDP 4 Life said...

i did an experiment to see which brand of batteries lasts longest

Candie L said...

I have done the Mentos and Diet Coke with the kids. Thank you

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Tif said...

Totally forgot to leave my science experiment! My son and I discovered what happens to water when you freeze and boil it . . . solid, liquid, and gas! He was so amazed!!

kngmckellar said...

I helped my one of my boys make a volcano for their science fair. I think they got a C on it.

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Tiffany819 said...

I did an experiment about air expanding and contracting when it heats and cools. It was a fun project that I remember my step dad helping me with. Thank you!

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dvice said...

I like experiments that teach about how things work, like planting seeds and watching them grow

bridget3496 said...

I remember having to do the insect display science project as a kid. I thought it was neatest thing ever!

tina said...

I loved doing experiments planting seeds watching them grow, volcanos, bugs cant wait to do that with my kids. My son jack loves sid thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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taulya said...

My kids LOVE Sid The Science Kid.
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best experiment was the volcano, hated the fruit fly experiment.
Oh, the pickle and the bell experiment was cool too.
bell dings, eat pickle, repeat then ring bell and taste pickle without even touching it.cool

Ardy22 said...

I love these educational type books.

One experiment I recall is soaking dry beans in a container and watching them build up pressure and popped the top!

Gianna said...

Volcanos were always fun. I also remember one where I got my mom to buy me a bunch of candy so we could experiment on which one dissolved faster LOL.

liliesrnice said...

I loved growing plants when I was growing up, documenting how much they grew each day.

lilyk said...

One science experiment I remember doing as a child was an experiment on bubbles.