Animation

Bob the Builder

 

Bob the Builder and his machine team are ready to tackle any project. As they hammer out the solutions that lead to a job well done, Bob and the Can-Do Crew demonstrate the power of positive-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and follow-through. Most importantly, from start to finish, the team always shows that The Fun Is In Getting It Done!

 

Bob the Builder was created in the UK in 1998 and made its US television debut in 2001. The show currently airs in over 240 territories and in 45 languages. It can be seen daily in the US on PBS and PBS KIDS Sprout.

 

WordWorld

 

WORDWORLD is the first preschool series where words are truly the stars of the show! Young children are introduced to a colorful, vibrant world of words with the lovable, legible WordFriends — animals whose bodies are made up of the letters that spell the word they are. Sheep is painfully shy but loves to pretend. Frog is the cautious brainiac and word “expert.” Duck is still learning his letters — and social skills — and often needs Frog to help him out of trouble.

 

For ages 3-5.

 

Visit the Web site: http://pbskids.org/wordworld

 

Series Goals

  • To fascinate children with words and to inspire a love of words and reading.
  • Empower children as early readers by making the important connections between letters, sounds, words and meaning that are necessary for reading.

 

In each episode, the WordFriends go on comic adventures and face challenges that can only be resolved with the right word. That word is built letter by letter, sound by sound, during the funky “Build a Word” song at the end of every episode. Once the word is built, it “morphs”–comes alive–into the thing it is!

 

Helping Kids Prepare for School
WordWorld is designed to introduce, support and foster emergent literacy skills in children ages three to five. The curriculum draws from four skill sets critical for young children’s emergent literacy: print awareness, phonological sensitivity and letter knowledge, comprehension (including vocabulary development) and socio-emotional skills.

 

When to Watch
Find out when WORDWORLD airs in your area, and also get episode descriptions and related activities!

 

 

 

Caillou

 

Caillou is a 4-year-old boy who delights in the small wonders of the world around him, embellishing everything he sees with his rich imagination. Surrounded by his parents, his little sister, Rosie, his grandparents and friends his age, Caillou discovers the world and just can’t wait to grow up! Everything around him is an excuse to embark on exciting adventures, learn new things and have fun. Whether he’s at school, at home or in a park, Caillou finds opportunities for learning and growing everywhere!

 

Each episode of the series is a slice of Caillou’s life. Thanks to his vivid imagination, ordinary, everyday events quickly become exciting adventures where Caillou can play “make-believe”. But Caillou can tell the difference between real life and pretending. When he is done playing make-believe, Caillou happily returns to the familiar daily routine of a 4-year-old. Indeed, each episode begins and ends firmly anchored in the real world.

 

Designed for preschoolers, the Caillou television series is composed of 30 minute episodes divided into three 7 minute adventures. In each adventure, Caillou discovers the big, wide world, experiences new things, shares his imaginary adventures with us and sometimes, even sings for his little viewers!

 

A 180-degree turn!
Since the beginning of the CAILLOU television series, each episode has featured everyday experiences and events that resonate with all children. Caillou is as realistic as possible so that young viewers can identify with him – and vice-versa! After all, Caillou is based on what real kids say and do.

 

Now, CAILLOU’s focus is on role-playing and “make-believe.” Children develop and mature through play. In fact, by imagining they are someone else, they can often accomplish extraordinary things they would never have thought possible. Their self-confidence improves and they enjoy and take pride in growing up.

 

Like other children, Caillou spruces up reality with a healthy dose of imagination. Each episode begins with an everyday event from Caillou’s life that, through his mind’s eye, quickly turns into a fantastic and larger-than-life adventure. Though Caillou has not experienced much in real life, in his imagination, things are very different! He can do the impossible and be the hero of a breathtakingly dangerous adventure… safe and sound in his own home, park or playschool. Why he can just sit back and imagine he is the strongest, bravest boy in the world, saving planet Earth every day!

 

Young viewers, who are used to playing make-believe, will be thrilled to see Caillou playing just as they do, and becoming more and more like them. Captivated by his lively imaginary adventures, they will be inspired to use their imaginations even more to make up adventures of their own.

 

 

Arthur

 

ARTHUR is an animated series that airs daily on PBS Kids. Aimed at viewers between the ages of four and eight, ARTHUR’s goal is to help foster an interest in reading and writing, and to encourage positive social skills.

 

Based on the children’s books by Marc Brown, ARTHUR premiered in 1996 as one of the first ongoing animated programs based on a book series. The show chronicles the adventures of Arthur (an eight-year-old aardvark) through engaging, emotional stories that explore issues faced by real kids. It is a comedy that tells these stories from a kid’s point of view without moralizing or talking down. Situations on ARTHUR develop in realistic ways, and don’t always turn out as we — or Arthur and his friends — might expect.

 

The series is supported by a substantial educational outreach campaign that develops relevant materials (including resourceslesson plans, and activities), and distributes them to librarians, teachers, community centers, and families. The series is also supported by a popular Web site that features entertaining and educational activities for use at and away from the computer.

 

Since its premiere, the series has been accessible through closed-captioning to viewers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. In addition, ARTHUR made history in 1997 when the series became the first daily program to be described for viewers who are blind or visually impaired.

 

The ARTHUR series has been honored with numerous awards over the years, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and three Daytime Emmy’s for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program. In 2002, TV Guide ranked ARTHUR #26 on its list of the “50 Greatest Cartoon Characters of All Time.”

 

The ARTHUR television series is produced by WGBH Boston and 9 Story Entertainment, Inc. ARTHUR outreach materials and the ARTHUR Web site are produced by WGBH Boston.

 

The Cat in the Hat

 

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!TM is designed to spark a love of learning and an interest in science in preschool-aged children.

 

Based on Random House’s best-selling Beginner Book collection “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library™,” the TV series and online resources are designed to cultivate positive views about science and scientists among the next generation—the children who will become tomorrow’s citizens and innovators—and help families and teachers build communities of science explorers

 

In each program, the Cat in the Hat and his friends Sally and Nick go on a science adventure such as shrinking to bee-size to explore a hive and discover how honey is made; flying with birds to discover how and why they migrate; diving inside flowers to find out more about the animals that depend on them to live; or taking a snowcat to the Arctic to explore freezing and melting. Guided by the Cat, the children figure things out by engaging in science inquiry. They ask questions, make observations, make predictions, plan investigations, collect data, make discoveries, and generate and discuss ideas about how the world works.

 

Each half-hour television episode consists of two 11-minute animated adventures, along with corresponding short animated clips. Each adventure revolves around a specific science concept such as bird migration or animal camouflage. The animated clips feature songs and rhymes, interesting science facts, humorous science explorations by Thing One and Thing Two, and interviews of animals by Sally and Nick.

 

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!™ is voiced by award-winning actor Martin Short and produced by Portfolio Entertainment Inc. and Collingwood O’Hare Productions, in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Random House Children’s Entertainment, Treehouse, and PBS KIDS.

 

Clifford the Big Red Dog

 

CLIFFORD, his human Emily Elizabeth and his dog pals Cleo and T-Bone introduce children to gentle lessons about being part of a community, acceptance and resolving differences. Clifford’s “every dog” kindness has made him and his book series enormously popular with parents and kids for almost 40 years.

 

Of course, Clifford wasn’t always a big dog. As true fans know, he started out as the runt of the litter. Clifford’s Puppy Days is a 25-episode prequel to Clifford The Big Red Dog, recounting Clifford’s days as a very small puppy. The show features new friends and an exciting urban setting.

 

For ages 4 and up.
Visit the Web site: http://pbskids.org/clifford
Series Goals
The series is based upon Clifford’s 10 Big Ideas:

 

  • Share
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Truthful
  • Be Kind
  • Believe in Yourself
  • Be a Good Friend
  • Have Respect
  • Help Others
  • Work Together
  • Play Fair

 

Throughout the series, these 10 Big Ideas are introduced and reinforced by different characters in different stories. The repeated presentations of these ideas make the most of young children’s need for and enjoyment of repetition.

 

 

Curious George

 

CURIOUS GEORGE is a 2-time Daytime Emmy® award-winning animated series based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey. It airs daily on PBS KIDS. (Check local listings or the TV Schedule for dates and times.)

 

Aimed at preschool viewers (ages three to five), the goal of the series is to inspire children to explore science, engineering, and math in the world around them. And what better guide is there for this kind of exploration than the world’s most curious monkey?

 

George lives to find new things to discover, touch, spill, and chew. Everything is new to George and worth investigating. Of course, in George’s hands — all four of them — investigation often leads to unintended consequences! Throughout George’s adventures, he encounters and models basic concepts in each of the three content areas.

 

While remaining true to the look and feel of the beloved books, the daily series expands George’s world to include a host of colorful new characters and locales. Each episode features two animated stories followed by short live-action segments in which real kids investigate the ideas that George introduces in the stories. The first season was narrated by Emmy® award-winning actor William H. Macy.

 

The CURIOUS GEORGE series also aims to show parents and caregivers how to foster the development of science and math literacy in children. In addition to programming, the series is supported by a substantial educational outreach campaign that develops relevant materials and distributes them to librarians, teachers, community centers, and families. These materials offer activities designed to support and extend the learning objectives of the series.

 

Each episode of CURIOUS GEORGE is closed captioned by the Caption Center at WGBH for viewers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

 

CURIOUS GEORGE is a production of Imagine Entertainment, WGBH Boston, and Universal 1440 Entertainment, LLC.

 

 

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