Caillou has long been a household favorite! I remember watching this with my baby brother when he was just a kid. Who would've thought Caillou in his forever 4 year old image is already 25! In celebration of Caillou's 25th anniversary, PBS has come out with an anniversary DVD and Book Gift Set ($14.99). The DVD "Caillou's Family Favorites" has a run time of 100 minutes and includes 4 episodes (14 adventures) of make-believe fun! The special edition double story book features "Training Wheels" and "Captain Caillou" in 48 pages of bedtime reading.
Speaking of make believe and creative play, PBS has two additional new sets that include a figurine to encourage creative play. "Daniel Tiger's Happy Holidays" (available Nov 4) and Dinosaurs Train's "Dinosaurs in the Snow" (available Nov 28) are both adorable sets that can be purchased with ($14.99) or without a figurine ($12.99).
I love the concept behind "Daniel Tiger's Happy Holidays." This DVD (Run Time: 100 minutes) is meant to help children (target ages of 2-4) develop key social and emotional skills necessary for school and life in 7 different episodes, including a special double episode ("Snowflake Day!"). 4-year-old Daniel Tiger is our star. Unique about the Daniel Tiger series is the use of catchy, music to reinforce valuable life lessons. Special features include printable activities and coloring pages.
Last but not least is the very first Peg + Cat DVD, "Chickens on the Loose and other Really Big Problems." This series is relatively newer to me and is one of PBS KIDS newer educational series that help kids build math and problem solving skills. Chickens on the Loose (Run Time: 100 minutes) has a series of eight stories featuring Peg and her sidekick, Cat, if not already obvious by the title, Peg + Cat. Each adventure and story throws Peg + Cat against an unexpected challenge and the only way out is using those math and problem-solving skills! Each episode has two learning goals. For example, in "The Chicken Problem", Peg and Cat have to get 100 chickens back into the coop and the main learning goal is size correspondence, while the second learning goal is the number 100. Special features include printable coloring pages and activities.
Quality educational programming that kids love and adults approve of are sometimes difficult. PBS Kids make this decision making process a bit easier. Check out these gift sets this year and make some little ones happy and smart!
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