Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
If your kid’s a Chuggington fan, you’re probably familiar by now with the adventurous and lively locomotives on the show. One character who can’t get enough of exploring: Koko. Fashioned in a bright green, silver, and purple, she’s certainly the most playful of the bunch.
Now, she’s the star of her own expedition. Explorer Koko follows the electric engine on a mission to transport her guests to a special tour. But along the way, she runs into a few hiccups, causing some detours in her journey. At the end of the day, what’s most important is the lesson that Koko learns: Being flexible and ready to tackle any problem is key for success.
To celebrate the release of Explorer Koko, Anchor Bay Entertainment is giving TWO lucky GoodyBlog readers the chance to win a complete Chuggington DVD collection plus three play sets from TOMY, including Koko’s Icy Escapade, Rescue at Rocky Ridge, and Twist & Turns Expansion Pack. Play with them separately, or head over to the Megabuild Junction for step-by-step instructions on how to combine all three sets to create the action-packed Rocky Ridge Roller Coaster. Each prize package totals in at $235!
To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day May 19. Be sure to check back on May 20 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!
Download these instructions to create this cool train craft.
Congrats to our winners Beth Pociask and Emmerelle Trzaskoma!
Click here for official rules.
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Friday, April 25th, 2014
Who doesn’t have a soft spot for Muppet creator Jim Henson? We got excited to hear that his daughter, Lisa Henson, is producing Hulu’s first original kids’ series, Doozers, based off her dad’s Fraggle Rock, which followed a community of creatures living in an underground fantasy world. In the original show, Doozers were tiny green characters constantly at work on construction projects. With Lisa’s new animated series, the Doozers get their turn in the spotlight, teaching preschoolers the importance of science, math, and technology while having fun. To celebrate today’s premiere, Lisa shared with Parents her new spin on a classic and why problem-solving is a must for today’s kids.
P: What was it about your dad’s show Fraggle Rock that inspired you to create Doozers?
L: On Fraggle Rock, the Doozers were busy building with their hard hats and megaphones. They had construction projects going on all the time, but it was like peripheral business to the activities of the Fraggles. We always thought the Doozers had such a fascinating world and were such cute, wonderful characters. We feature kid Doozers and really build out the world so it’s no longer just underground. Most of the show takes place out in nature in our world.
P: The show will have its own special curriculum. In what ways will the series encourage STEAM learning?
L: We’re getting a bit more into technology and engineering with the Doozers because they love to create, make, build, and invent. They address a different problem in every episode and then design something that addresses that problem. We feel it’s a very unique curriculum but within a show that’s extremely fun and fantastical. For kids, I think they’re going to be watching the little green guys have fun and play. While the message is there, it’s not extremely formal, so they’re learning more informally.
P: The Doozers are really into creating and building. Why was it important for you to make a series that encouraged those qualities in kids?
L: With kids today, there’s no such thing giving them too much modeling of teamwork and problem solving. What it takes to improve our world is problem solving. We don’t really want kids to just lay back and become passive as adults. We want them to take a plunge and try to address problems.
P: This will be the first original kids series on Hulu. How did you decide that was the right source for your show?
L: What’s unique about this show is because it’s premiering on Hulu, that’s the only place that kids can see it. We find that to be pretty modern because it lines up with how kids watch shows today. They want to be able to watch them when they want, where they want, or even watch a favorite episode over and over again. Hulu is perfect for that kind of viewing.
P: Who’s your favorite character from the series?
L: The youngest Doozer, Daisy Wheel, instantly became a winner for me. She has bright blue hair, a ladybug backpack, and a jet pack she flies around with. She’s so cute! What she contributes to the show is very important too because she loves nature and is always observing things. Then, the Doozers take those ideas from nature and use them in their designs and inventions, also called biomimicry. She’s just so perfectly put together.
You can watch the trailer on Hulu now.
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Friday, October 4th, 2013
Math just got a little more fun with PEG + CAT, the new animated series from PBS KIDS. The show premieres this Monday, October 7, and promises to make problem-solving skills a breeze for your preschooler.
In each 30-minute episode, Peg and her lovable sidekick Cat encounter dilemmas that require some big thinking. Whether they’re trying a hand at adding and subtracting or learning broader concepts like size and geometry, the pair never back down from a number challenge (or a catchy learning tune). With backdrops like a pirate island or futuristic planet, the program proves math can be exciting and happen in the most unexpected places.
PEG + CAT comes at a vital time when children’s math skills are in dire need. National assessments have shown that 60 percent of students are performing below proficient levels in math by the fourth grade, according to the 2011 National Assessment of Education Progress Report.
Another inspiring element of the show: The main character is a young girl. While women make up 48 percent of the workforce, only 23 percent are in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Let’s hope a character as spirited and outspoken as Peg will be inspiration for boys AND girls everywhere to get their brains calculating.
Beyond math, PEG + CAT shows young ones the process of trial and error, such as figuring out multiple ways to move 100 chickens back to their coop. She may not get it right the first time, but Peg eventually learns from her mistakes and seeks help from friends along the way, both awesome life skills for the real world as well.
Want to get a sneak peek this weekend? Visit the show’s interactive website pbskids.org/peg, where you can also find local listings for the show, or download the PET + CAT Big Gig app for games and learning resources now.
Check out the video below to see how PEG + CAT was created!
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