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The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

Coming to television for the first time ever in an animated series, the Cat in the Hat whisks pre-schoolers off on a voyage of scientific discovery. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! features six-year-olds Sally and Nick, best friends and next door neighbors, who are transported on magical journeys to all corners of the globe where the natural world becomes their playground. With the Cat as their guide, his two energetic helpers, the zany duo, Thing One and Thing Two and the enigmatic Fish along for the ride, every outing becomes an unpredictable adventure. In each episode, Sally and Nick head off with the Cat in his one-of-a-kind custom vehicle, the Thinga-ma-jigger, a quintessentially Seussian contraption that instantly transforms from plane to boat to submarine with just a flick of the jigger-ma-whizzer or a honk of the shrinkamadoodle. They go everywhere from the ocean bottom, to a rainforest, or to the center of a beehive. The Cat in the Hat "knows a lot" but he doesn't know everything - making him the perfect guide for learning and fun.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! supports young children's science learning by introducing scientific inquiry skills, teaching core science concepts and vocabulary, and preparing preschoolers for kindergarten and first grade science curriculum — all in whimsical style.

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Whether you're a parent, teacher, or caregiver, here are some activities that are fun to do at home, in the classroom, or even in the car. Many of these materials include printable PDF sheets. To access these materials, you will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

  • Exploring Animal Camouflage: Learn about protective coloration in animals by exploring the birds, insects, and other animals around your home and neighborhood.
  • Exploring Animals in Trees: Learn about trees, and the animals that use them, by exploring the trees in your backyard or neighborhood, and doing some leaf and bark rubbings together.
  • Exploring Flowers: Through observing, comparing, and collecting flowers, you can help your child learn more about flowers and the bees, butterflies, or other small creatures that depend on them for food, water, or shelter.
  • Exploring Our Senses: Explore the world by engaging in indoor and outdoor sensory explorations that use all of the senses.

The Explorer's Guide features tips and strategies to help you support your child's science learning and inquiry during everyday explorations and activities in and around your home.

For Educators

A team of science and early childhood experts developed the curriculum for the first season's 40 episodes, each of which begins with a question posed by Sally or Nick. Guided by the Cat, the kids figure things out by observing, collecting and managing clues, making connections, constructing and evaluating theories, and having discussions -- all in a preschool-appropriate manner.

Get more lesson plans at The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! website.


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