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Sid's Science Stop

Sid the Science Kid is an educational animated television series using comedy to promote exploration, discovery and science readiness among preschoolers. This landmark production, co-produced by The Jim Henson Company and KCET/Los Angeles for PBS KIDS, features a practical in-school science curriculum mixed with music and humor to celebrate children's natural curiosity about science in everyday life. The energetic and inquisitive Sid starts each episode with a new question ("Why are my shoes shrinking?" "Why do bananas get mushy?") and embarks on a fun-filled day of finding answers with the help of family and friends. Check out Sid on WHYY weekdays at 8:30 a.m. and weekends at 7:30 a.m.

WHYY Kids Club and Sid the Science Kid

Spring has almost sprung meaning growth and new life will soon be all around us! Celebrate the start of the season by exploring nature with your children. Learn about how plants grow and investigate the earth together.

Sid's Activities:

Try some of Miss Susie's Super Fab Lab Investigations at home!

"Growing Plants"
(from the episode My Shrinking Shoes)

Purpose: (What We're Going to Learn)
How plants change as they grow, measuring and recording change, and caring for plants.

Materials: (What We Need)
Seeds (bean plants work well)
Potting soil
Cups, pots, or other small containers
Wooden stick (a paint stirrer works great) or ruler

Procedure: (What to Do)

  • Put soil in containers.
  • Follow the instructions on the specific seed packet and plant seeds, then add water. Record the date and make observations.
  • Place the containers in a sunny spot.
  • Wait, wait, wait... growing takes time. Check the containers regularly and water the plants only if the soil seems dry.
  • When a seed sprouts, write down the date and any other observations. How long did it take? Did some come before others?
  • Measure and record the plants growth with a stick or ruler weekly. Don't forget the date - try recording it right on your stick.
  • Transplant the seedlings to a garden or larger pot so they can continue to grow. Keep taking care of the plants and hopefully you will observe more changes when the flowers and beans begin to grow!

"Dirt Detectives"
(from the episode The Dirt on Dirt)

Purpose: (What We're Going to Learn)
What is dirt? We'll take a look and investigate dirt from different places.

Materials: (What We Need)
Disposable trays or plates
Small shovels
Dirt from different places
Magnifying glass

Procedure: (What to Do)

  • Give each child a tray and a shovel.
  • Let children know where they are allowed to dig and have them gather samples of dirt from multiple places. Record where each sample came from.
  • Observe the soil and use a magnifying glass to get a closer look. What does it look like? What's in it? How does it feel?
  • Compare and contrast the different dirt samples. Do they look and feel exactly the same or are they different?
  • If children find anything that doesn't belong in dirt (like trash), have them throw it out or recycle it. Use this opportunity to talk with them about the importance of keeping the earth clean.
  • Don't forget to wash your hands after you are done getting dirty!

Local Learning

You can travel just beyond your backyard and check out the Camden Children's Garden! This special place is designed for children and families to explore and discover our natural world, including plants of all kinds! The four-acre garden provides a beautiful place for children to learn and play. Here's a picture to print, color, and talk about before your visit!


Did you know spring 2010 officially begins March 20? Also, the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day is April 22! Plant a tree or spend the day outside to share an appreciation of nature with your kids.

For more fun with Sid the Science Kid, visit