Sid the Science Kid review and giveaway



While I was at BlogHer last week, I left Alfie working at home with the kids. Given that he had to do a full days' work at home, meetings and all, I really tried to plan ahead and fill their day with activities that didn't require much Daddy intervention. Surprise, surprise, I told the kids they could watch up to two hours of tv a day. Fortunately, we received a couple of Sid the Science Kid DVD's to preview last week, so I felt good knowing that they would be watching quality kids' programming while I was out schmoozing and Daddy was glued to the computer.

Speaking of BlogHer, we first got to know Sid the Science Kid when I picked up a preview DVD at last year's BlogHer conference. My kids loved watching it, and I guess millions of other kids must have, too: it's now an Emmy-nominated hit series on PBS Kids. Five new episodes of Sid the Science Kid will be premiering on PBS this September, and on August 4, two Sid the Science Kid DVDs will be releasing nationwide.

The two DVDs -- "Change Happens" and "The Bug Club" -- each contain 4 episodes from the series, which follows the adventures of Sid, an inquisitive preschooler who wants to learn everything about everything. Like any PBS Kids show, Sid the Science Kid is educational as well as entertaining. I like how each show has a fun science theme like why things freeze, decaying, charting and more. I'll let the kids tell you in their own words why they like the show:







There's a little too much of the breaking out into song-and-dance for my taste (although for obvious reasons I do love that "I love my mom, my mom is cool" rap song that Sid sings in every episode) -- but the kids don't have a problem with it. At $12.99 per DVD, it's well worth the price for two hours of education and entertainment

Win it! One lucky winner will receive both Sid the Science Kid DVD's, "Change Happens" and "The Bug Club". To enter, leave a comment on this post and tell me how you teach kids about science in your everyday life. Once you have completed this required entry, you can gain additional entries by doing the following:

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This giveaway ends at midnight PST on August 10, 2009.; I will draw a winner at random on August 11 and post the winner's name on the comments section soon after. For additional giveaway rules, click here. Good luck!

I received free product samples for this review, but no monetary compensation. The views and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

88 Comments, Leave yours here:

Nad on July 27, 2009 at 10:36 PM said...

Hubby and I try to take advantage of "teachable moments" in our everyday life to teach our kids about science. Some examples include magnets and poles (with the magnets on our fridge), acids and bases (lemon juice and baking soda), bugs in the backyard, etc.
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justicecw on July 28, 2009 at 7:09 AM said...

One way we teach our son is by taking him places like the museum and planetarium and talking about what we see there. Thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

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moushka on July 28, 2009 at 8:09 AM said...

Being that I homeschool, everyday is a learning experience in all categories. In the house, outside, on trips we are always teaching our girls. My almost 7yo daughter does go to school for a day and half and her favorite class is Science. They alawys have hands on projects. Last year they were raising chicks in their classroom.

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judybrittle on July 28, 2009 at 3:14 PM said...

While we go on walks I talk about nature and ask questions? Its fun finding out the answers when we get home. Why do the leaves fall off the tree? Why do they change colors? Etc.
Thank you!

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Smiling Mama on July 29, 2009 at 11:34 AM said...

We love Sid the Science Kid and now I find myself saying "great observation" all the time! I've even started asking my 3yo to compare and contrast things like Sid does. It's great!

Steph on July 30, 2009 at 12:59 PM said...

We teach our kids by watching movies about science, going online and experimenting with things. We just got a Bug habitat so they can learn more about bugs...I guess we are always teaching and learning.

Steph on July 30, 2009 at 12:59 PM said...

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cstironkat on July 30, 2009 at 1:28 PM said...

We go for nature walks each week. We identify flowers, plants, leaves and animals. The kids looks forward to this each week.
We watch animal plant, NatGeo and the discovery channel too. We like educational tv and these are great channels.

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mverno on July 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM said...

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1agordon on July 30, 2009 at 3:53 PM said...

we talk about why things work when needed

abfantom on July 30, 2009 at 4:26 PM said...

My daughter is very inquisitive so we are always explaining to her how things work.

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jodene on July 31, 2009 at 9:32 AM said...

My husband's a science freak and looks little experiments up online. It was his favorite subject as a kid.

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Deborah Wellenstein on July 31, 2009 at 12:14 PM said...

We do many field trips out in actual nature, with field guides in hand. My kids love bugs, and can tell you all about their favorites! Thanks!

Drama queens mum (Kimberly) on July 31, 2009 at 12:25 PM said...

My daughter is only 2 (just turned 2), so we haven't done a whole lot with her yet. We do things like showing her that the water goes down the drain in the bathtub. dramaqueensmum@gmail.com

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Christy Lee on July 31, 2009 at 7:26 PM said...

We have lots of ways that we incorporate science (mostly because I was a biology major in school). We are always planting and growing plants and studying animals, watching for meteor showers and shooting stars, etc.
Thanks for the great giveaway!

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iggysaysno on August 1, 2009 at 12:06 PM said...

we like to make our own play dough

JeansandTs on August 4, 2009 at 8:38 AM said...

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I always say "I need a scientist" when we go outside. Usually the oldest Granddaughter jumps for joy. I give her a magnifying glass and we head out. Everyone gets to inspect her "finds."

selinda_mccumbers on August 4, 2009 at 11:15 AM said...

We are doing an experiment with carrot tops right now on my dining room table!

Thanks!

wigget on August 5, 2009 at 7:32 AM said...

my husband likes to introduce the kids to bugs and birds

Deanna on August 6, 2009 at 10:55 AM said...

My son learns about science all the time! We go on walks and look at all the nature, we actually grew a lima bean in a plastic bag! Cant wait to do more experiments as he gets older.

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pixie13 on August 7, 2009 at 9:33 AM said...

We live out in the country so science is all around us. We turn over rocks to look at bugs, check out the Touch Me Nots when it's time for the seed pods to pop, and this year we've brought in tadpoles to watch them change. Thanks for the great giveaway.

jdaniel4smom on August 7, 2009 at 10:35 AM said...

Right now we are looking for shadows everywhere and how to make shadows. We found them in the house and outside so far.

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Misusedinnocence on August 7, 2009 at 7:38 PM said...

We go searching for agates together by the river nearly every week. :)

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Ken on August 7, 2009 at 8:13 PM said...

We love Arthur and his little sister. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

Lower Mitten Kitten on August 7, 2009 at 9:13 PM said...

We let our son explore when we take walks and take time to stop and observe and explain what he see's.

skys said...

Well when I see any wildlife in our back yard(our property goes down over the hill) I tell my son to come look and tell him all about the animal or animals.
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Melanie said...

We watch alot of Discovery Channel!



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AEKZ2 on August 9, 2009 at 7:39 AM said...

My 5-year-old son is very interested in science on his own. He has a Human Body book that he loves to read everyday, so we look at it together and learn body parts.

Candie on August 9, 2009 at 9:33 AM said...

I love showing the kids how to mix colors. One time I poured food coloring in water and we mixed the colors. The kids could not believe that it was okay to drink it. THank you

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Molly K on August 9, 2009 at 12:12 PM said...

We read lots of books and do small science experiments at home.

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Anonymous said...

When we go to the library, we always choose a science book for the week!

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amyd29 on August 9, 2009 at 4:43 PM said...

always teaching them,zoo,walks,museums,always wanting t know more!

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dolphee on August 9, 2009 at 10:32 PM said...

We are a very animal oriented family. We go on nature walks often, go to nature centers, museums, the zoo etc. every weekend.

Kelly F on August 10, 2009 at 4:19 AM said...

We love going on nature walks. Especially in the fall when the leaves change and we can talk about why that happens.

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Deb on August 10, 2009 at 8:35 AM said...

My husband is the science guy and whenever the kids have science questions, he gives them the answer....and the real science answer. I would have to say I don't know or make something up, so I always defer to him!

Sonya on August 10, 2009 at 10:36 AM said...

My kids love science and are always asking questions! A good portion of the time we have to look up the answer, and it's fun and educational for us all!

Leslie S. on August 10, 2009 at 10:54 AM said...

We tend to do a lot of different experiments and spend a lot of time outdoors studying bugs and other creatures and things in nature.Thanks!

FDP 4 Life on August 10, 2009 at 11:41 AM said...

my husband loves science so everytime he sees a teaching opportunity he takes it

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kngmckellar on August 10, 2009 at 12:07 PM said...

We talk a lot about the stars and space and planets!

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penguin28 on August 10, 2009 at 1:17 PM said...

I teach science to my kids by going on the internet and finding age-appropriate, fun experiments that they can relate to in their everyday lives.

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kathy pease on August 10, 2009 at 7:01 PM said...

i use to watch bill nye the science guys and we have tried a few experiments we saw on that show

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dvice on August 10, 2009 at 8:49 PM said...

I teach about science mostly be responding to why why why with whatever answers I can give

artmarcia on August 10, 2009 at 9:21 PM said...

I am an art teacher and use a lot of science in teaching art--observation of natural forms.

artmarcia on August 10, 2009 at 9:23 PM said...

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Gianna on August 10, 2009 at 10:01 PM said...

There's a lot of science in baking so I teach that as I go along :)

masonsgranny59 on August 10, 2009 at 11:40 PM said...

they have a fish bowl and lots of creatures and learn all about them.
they get on the net and look up things and watch alot of educational programs:)
science rocks!

lilyk on August 10, 2009 at 11:58 PM said...

We go to the library and read science books.

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Bonggamom on August 12, 2009 at 9:23 AM said...

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks to everyone for entering, and congratulations to the winner, Deanna!

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