The Cat in the Hat Knows Lot About That! is taking another trip – this time under the sea!
The week of November 7–11 will become “Underwater Week” for the Cat, Nick, Sally and all their friends above and below sea level.
Young Cat-viewers also have a new way to learn with the show beyond the broadcast. Last week, PBS KIDS launched their largest offering of interactive math content for preschoolers to date. Designed to help children ages 2-8 build critical math skills, there are more than 40 new games accessible on computers, mobile devices, and interactive whiteboards including many featuring The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Available free on the new PBS KIDS Lab website (PBSKIDS.org/lab), each suite links a set of games across platforms so that kids engage with the same characters as they move from device to device.
November 7: #126
Blue Feet Are Neat
Synopsis: Nick and Sally are trying out their new blue rubber boots but they keep getting stuck in the mud! Cat knows just who can help them – Buster, the Blue-footed Booby bird. Buster is only too happy to show them how his wide, flat blue feet help him move easily over the muddy shore. With Cat’s help to make their boots wide and flat, Sally and Nick can now walk across the mud without getting stuck – just like Buster!
Educational Objective: How the feet of the Blue-Footed Booby bird is adapted to its shore habitat – to walk on muddy shores and dive for fish in the ocean.
A Little Reef Magic
Synopsis: Nick has difficulty learning a “disappearing” magic trick, when who should appear but The Cat in the Hat! He takes Nick and Sally to the coral reef of Scoobamareen. There they learn that distraction is a great way for some sea creatures to hide themselves from other fish who might be looking for a bite to eat. Back at home, Nick and Sally use what they learned to make their stuffed panda disappear!
Educational Objective: Reef fish use a variety of physical ‘tricks’ to discourage predators.
November 8: #129 *Premiere!
Digging the Deep
Synopsis: Nick and Sally are exploring how deep they can dig in the sandbox. The Cat arrives to whisk them away to the deepest place he knows – the bottom of the Swirly Whirly Ocean! They meet up with Aurilia the Angler fish who guides them to the very bottom of the ocean floor. Now that they’ve gone as deep as deep can be, it’s off to find the next adventure!
Educational Objective: Exploring the different levels of the ocean environment, down through the deep Twilight Zone to the ocean floor.
Synopsis: Nick and Sally are excited to jump in the giant puddle in their backyard – but it’s gone! Where did it go? With the help of Cat’s Seussian camera, they see that the puddle has turned into water vapour. Off they go to the Bluey Blue Sky to follow their puddle. They discover that the water vapour rises high into the sky, then cools off and falls as rain. They go back home and are delighted to see that their puddle is back.
Educational Objective: The sun turns water into vapour, which rises up to form clouds. As the air cools, the water vapour condenses back into water droplets, which soon return to the earth again, as rain.
November 9: #130 *Premiere!
Help with Kelp
Synopsis: It’s Fish’s birthday and Nick and Sally want to get him a special present, but who can they ask for ideas? Cat’s friend Gary the Garibaldi fish might have an idea! Off to the Briny Blue Sea where they meet a variety of creatures in a kelp forest who use the kelp for both food and protection. Back at home they make a picture of the kelp forest for Fish. It’s the best present he could ever hope for!
Educational Objective: Exploring the wonderful variety of animals that depend upon underwater forests of giant kelp.
Synopsis: Nick and Sally are playing when their ball gets caught up high in the branches of a tree. Oh how they wish they were tall! Being tall is something Cat’s friend Treetop Tom knows all about. They meet the giraffe in the So Sunny Savannah, and with the help of Cat’s “tallerizers”, Nick and Sally are as tall as Tom! They soon learn that being small has its benefits, and luckily, Cat has stilts so he can get their ball out of the tree back at home.
Educational Objective: Seeing the world through the eyes of the tallest mammal on earth – the giraffe.
November 10: repeat of #118
Synopsis: Nick and Sally are playing in their homemade Thingamajigger, when the Cat arrives to take them on a real adventure! Off they go to meet salmon Sam, who is returning to the pool where she hatched so she can lay her eggs. With the help of the Subber-e-blubber, they follow Samantha underwater, upriver on her incredible journey!
Educational Objective: When they are ready to lay eggs, salmon make a long journey upstream, against all odds, to return to the pool where they, themselves, were hatched.
Synopsis: Sally needs to find a gift for her stuffed panda, Pammy. Who better to ask than a real panda? The Cat takes them to meet Zhu Zhu, a giant panda who helps the kids to discover all the wonderful things you can do with her favorite food, bamboo. Bamboo turns out to be a perfect gift for Pammy!
Educational Objective: Bamboo is an incredible plant (in fact, a type of grass) that can be used for many things, from food to flutes to furniture!
November 11: repeat of #104
A Plan for Sand
Synopsis: Nick and Sally are playing in their sandbox, but there’s not enough room for them to build their castles. The Cat arrives to take them to the biggest sandbox they’ll ever see! In the desert, they meet Carmela the Camel who teaches them about how camels are adapted to live in the dry, sandy climate.
Educational Objective: Camels’ bodies are perfectly adapted to life in a dry, sandy desert. Their eyelashes keep sand out of their eyes, their wide feet help them walk on top of the sand, and their humps store fat when food is hard to find.
Synopsis: Nick and Sally have made a song to sing to their moms, but they can’t get the ending quite right. The Cat in the Hat takes them to meet the best singing teacher in the world, Humphrey the Humpback Whale! While bobbing in the ocean, Humphrey teaches the kids that whales communicate by singing, and that it’s not how you sing that matters, but what you’re saying in the song. The kids return home to delight their mothers with their song!
Educational Objective: Whales communicate with one another by “singing.” Also, they use their blow-holes to breathe, and can jump out of the water in a maneuver called “breaching.”