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Learning with the Cat in the Hat
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Children are naturally curious about the world and how it works, and science learning for young children begins with wondering and asking questions. At the beginning of each The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!TM adventure, Sally or Nick poses a question about the natural world. Although the Cat knows a lot of things, he doesn't know everything and he's also curious to learn more. It's this insatiable curiosity that sparks the friends' adventures in the Cat's one-of-a-kind contraption, the Thinga-ma-jigger.

Cat with Ants

Learning Goals


The learning goals of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!TM programs and resources are designed to support young children's science learning by:

  • Building on and supporting children's curiosity about the natural world
  • Introducing children to core science concepts
  • Engaging children in the process of science inquiry
  • Providing opportunities for children to learn, use, and practice inquiry skills
  • Modeling what it means to think and act like a scientist
  • Inviting children to engage in science practices including discourse and collaboration
  • Providing a foundation on which later science learning will build
The PBS Parents, PBS Teachers, and PBS KIDS websites provide young children with opportunities to explore the science ideas introduced in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!TM in the contexts of their own homes, neighborhoods, and schools. Children are also encouraged to visit their local libraries, science museums, aquariums, parks, and zoos to continue their science explorations. Direct exploration and observation, supported by knowledgeable and interested adults, are central components of children's science inquiry.

Cat and Kids Art Project

Resources for Families


Family resources for the series promote young children's science inquiry and learning by building on the series and its learning goals. The resources help families engage children in science explorations and investigations in the context of their everyday routines and activities.

  • Activities offer parents hands-on learning experiences to extend their children's learning from The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!TM. Each activity includes videoclips, recommended books, related games, and other tools to encourage children to explore science concepts in the contexts of their own homes and neighborhoods.
  • The Explorer's Guide helps families understand what doing science means for young children and provides tips for using the programs and activities to facilitate children's science learning.
  • Viewing Tips provide suggestions to families for using the programs to explore science ideas and enrich children's science experiences.
These resources support a new community of science explorers by helping parents:

  • Get excited about doing and learning science with their children.
  • Connect the science concepts introduced by the Cat in the Hat and his friends to related explorations and activities in the indoor and outdoor world.
  • Actively engage children in science inquiry and support their use of science inquiry skills.
  • Encourage science learning experiences in everyday routines and in backyards, playgrounds, parks, and other places children go with their families.
  • Utilize community resources such as science museums, libraries, aquariums, and zoos in ways that support children's science learning and inquiry.
  • Take advantage of nationwide events, such as Read Across America, that will involve children in learning about and doing science.
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