Did you happen to notice last two months that PBS Kids and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) partnered together to create special Earth Day-themed episodes of popular TV shows? While all of the special episodes have already aired, you can still check out the activities that go along with them online. This should provide some fun for you and your child this coming summer. After all, there’s no better way to start off the spring and summer than with exploring the great outdoors!
The specially themed episodes were aimed at inspiring children and their families to go outdoors and explore science and nature.Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President of Children’s Media at PBS, said, “Outdoor play and exploration is an essential part of every child’s life, and is one of the best ways to inspire kids to learn about the world around them.” The partnership involved new episodes, activities, and content which was featured online.
Thankfully, the fun didn’t end when Earth Day was over. You can still access all of the great activity ideas online. The activities include a Wild Kratts Wildlife Journal activity that instructs your child in making their own journal. It then suggests kids draw animals or insects that they find in nature. Another activity is a Seek and Find sheet. Children circle the 15 animals hidden in the sheet.
Fizzy’s Lunch Lab was created to address the problem of obesity in America, especially with young children. The series is currently only offered online, but provides valuable information on how to cook simple meals, choose healthy snacks, and also gives nutrition tips.
1) To create a positive change in the current state of childhood nutrition.
2) To encourage daily physical activity and exercise.
3) To promote basic nutrition and proper portion-size, the importance of eating three meals a day (especially a good breakfast), and the value of family meal-time interactions.
You know that the show is on track because the advisory board consists of quality people, including someone who specializes in diabetes and metabolic diseases, food writers, and a health education professor. The board has established and set scientific and educational goals, and relies on standards which are set by the USDA.
Sounds pretty good, right? Now if only they could make a cartoon that airs on PBS every day, they might have more reach. If all goes well with the popularity online, perhaps that can be the advisory board’s next goal.
Straight off the success of Volume 1’s healthy-eating anthem “Party in My Tummy,” the crew is back with a musical menu that’s better then ever.
In addition to the favorite Yo Gabba Gabba! songs like the “Name Game,” and “High Five,” the new CD also includes songs with guest appearances from pop, hip-hop, rock music artists such as Jack Black (The Goodbye Song),” MGMT (Art Is Everywhere) and Weezer (All My Friends Are Insects).
And just like every episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!, Music Is Awesome 2 is packed with funky, super fun and educational tunes that both teach and entertain kids.
Heading out to see the Yo Gabba Gabba! Live tour that kicked off this week? Then you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy of Music is Awesome Volume 2 so the whole family can get ready to experience the awesomeness of the songs live in concert.