TV Review: Sid the Science Kid – New Season and New Toys

A quick poll of Facebook friends about PBS Kids’ Sid the Science Kid yielded some glowing reviews:

“They have some good solid science information and present it in a way that my kids remember. My 7 year old still talks about stuff he’s learned on the show.”

“My five year old loves the show. She still talks about what Sid and his friends discovers for weeks after we watched it. She even drew a picture with a lever and fulcrum.”

“As a scientist myself I love having them get introduced to more science. I like the content and even the songs.”

These parents and kids should be excited, then, for the new season of Sid the Science Kid, which includes 12 new episodes and begins Monday, October 4.

sid the science kidWe were sent a screener DVD of three full episodes of the new season, with the episodes covering such scientific concepts as friction, elasticity, and inertia.  The new season follows the same format as last year, with Sid, his family, his friends, and preschool teacher interacting, singing, asking questions, and getting to the bottom of the things they find most mysterious in the world around them.

I love that Sid the Science Kid includes a full, supportive family, including a mom, dad, and grandmother.  Too many kids shows either eliminate or minimize the importance of adult family members, but here, everyone is important and contributes.  My husband and I sometimes chuckle over the impossibility of a preschool with only four kids, but we do appreciate the diverse, positive friendships Sid has, and his engaged teacher.

We were also sent a Sid the Science Kid Microphone and a Sid the Science Kid Learning Kit (Why are Wheels Round?) for our 3yo son to review.

The Microphone looks just like the one Sid has in the show, and includes buttons for music, applause, laughter, and echo effects.  My son has a great time with this microphone, running around our house with his own entertainment and sounds effects.  Yes, the variety of noises (and especially the Sid the Science Kid theme song) can get a bit jarring on my nerves, but it’s easy enough to deal with so my son can have his fun.

sid the science kid microphoneThe Why Are Wheels Round? Learning Kit was a fun little project my daughter did with our 3yo.  The kit includes an easy-to-assemble car with different sized wheels and various rubber bands that help to show how wheels travel, work through friction, and more.

sid the science kid learning kit why are wheels round

*Disclosure:  We were sent the screener DVD of Sid the Science Kid, the Sid the Science Kid Microphone, and the Sid the Science Kid Learning Science Kit to facilitate this review.  I received no other compensation for this post, and all opinions expressed are honest and my own.  Amazon Affiliate links are included in this post.

*original post included a giveaway of one of the toys

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  • Heather

    We **LOVE** Sid the Science Kid. I think our favorite part is learning and discovering with Sid and his friends. We love the songs and Sid’s inventions.

  • Lissa

    I like that it makes learning about science fun!

  • How comical Sid and his friends and family are when they find answers to a problem. I like the way the show is energetic.

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  • Brenda

    I love that this show provides such complex scientific ideas in a fun and easy-to-understand manner. My 3 1/2 year old daughter LOVES watching it. She is now eager to “make observations” and has gone on a bug hunt and knows the bug club handshake!

  • I like that the showis really tailored towards a pre-schooler and fun for them to watch while they are learning

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    I love that it’s educational and my kids enjoy it.

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  • Kelly G.

    I like the singing and dancing. Sid is very cute too.

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    I’ve never seen it but my nieces watch the show and it sounds very educational

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  • Anonymous

    My favorite part of the show is when Sid asks a million questions about how something works. I like the friends he has at school and how different they all are and the questions they ask to Teacher Suzy. We have a few of the DVDs and enjoy them alot.

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  • Ranya112

    My granddaughter is very musical, so the singing and dancing really help to get the point across. So that is my favorite part.

  • ossmcalc

    As a teacher, I love how Sid and his friends make learning fun. It is great that the younger kids enter school thinking that learning about science is fun.

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    I like the education that it provides.

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    I like Sid the Science Kid because it’s fun for children and adults.

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    I love Sid the Science Kid! My daughter and I love it when they do the experiments and we have actually done some of them at home too.

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    I love all the science experiments!

  • My favorite part is that my children learn while they”play”