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Episode 201
Jumping on the Moon
Jumping on the Moon

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are trying to jump high enough to touch the moon, but "what goes up must come down" says the Cat. That's gravity! And to show them just what gravity is, that means a trip to the moon! That's where they meet Astronaut Audrey who takes them for a space walk to learn all about gravity.
Educational Objective
A powerful force called "gravity" pulls things back down to the ground on Earth. There is lower gravity on the Moon than on Earth.
Sneezy Riders
Sneezy Riders

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick are playing hide and seek, but Nick keeps sneezing! How can they stop it from happening? Good thing Cat's friend Cluey Looey will be able to help them! At Muddyfeet Waterhole they discover that Louie is having the same problem! Nothing a trip inside Louie's nose can't solve! Inside a super shrunken Thingamajigger, Nick, Sally and Cat discover what causes sneezing and what they can do to avoid it from happening!
Educational Objective
Sneezing is your body's way of removing irritation from your nose.

Episode 202
Stripy Safari
Inside Out

Synopsis:
Nick keeps trying to surprise Sally, but he just can't do it! The Cat takes them to find a real surprise in the Skippylarito Fields! Once there, Cat shows them a special bean - that suddenly moves! With a shrunken Thingamajigger, they go inside the bean and meet the moth larvae that lives there. They learn that it's really the moth that causes the bean to move. What a neat surprise indeed!
Educational Objective
The kids learn that Mexican Jumping Beans are actually seeds/beans with small moth larvae living inside them.
Hear Here
Hear Here

Synopsis:
The kids hear chirping but can't find where it's coming from. If only they had better ears. Ears like an elephant? Or maybe an owl or even a fox? Not a problem when the Cat's around! He takes them to meet these animals with amazing ears. Back home the kids used what they learned from their new friends to find the sound — a teeny tiny cricket! What other great sounds are around?
Educational Objective
Animal ears come in many shapes and sizes.

Episode 203
Bounce
Bounce

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are wondering why their ball is so bouncy. Fish tells them it's because it's made from rubber, and rubber comes from trees. Cat doesn't believe him so it's time to ask the expert, Dr. Twiggles! It turns out Fish is right! And Dr. Twiggles shows them all just how rubber is made, and all the wonderful things rubber can make!
Educational Objective
Rubber is made by tapping rubber trees.
Timmy Tippy Toe
Timmy Tippy Toe

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are playing on a climbing frame but just can't manage to get to the top. Cat tries to show them how it's done but he can't do it either! Time to go see Timmy Tippy Toe, the Klipspringer who is an expert climber! Timmy teaches them to use their hands and their feet, and now they can reach the top of their own "mountain"!
Educational Objective
How the Klipspringer has adapted perfectly to the mountainous environment it inhabits, with pointy hooves helping it to climb steep slopes.

Episode 204
No Night Today
No Night Today

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally want to keep playing, but it's getting dark. Why does nighttime have to come? The Cat knows someone who can answer that question — Astronaut Audrey! With a trip to her International Space Station and a large model of the solar system, the kids learn that it's the earth's spinning near the sun that makes it night or day.
Educational Objective
Night and Day - how the earth and the moon spin in space, and their position in relation to the sun creates night and day.
Fun in the Sun
Fun in the Sun

Synopsis:
Phew it's hot! Too hot to play outside. Not according to The Cat! His friend Hilda the Hippo knows all about having fun in the sun. A visit to Muddymoo River teaches them that hippos make their very own sunscreen to protect them from the hot sun. Now that they all have their sunscreen on, it's time for some fun in the sun!
Educational Objective
Hippopotamuses secrete an oily substance that acts as a kind of sunscreen, and they live in water which keeps them cool in the heat

Episode 205
Meet the Beetles
Meet the Beetles

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally must protect their cookie jar from cookie snatchers! But how? Well by meeting three of the Cat's beetle friends, that's how! Stan the Giant Stag beetle shows them how to look scary, while Cliff the Click beetle teaches them to make a noise them jump! And Bobbi the Bombardier beetle has a stinky surprise for those that try to sneak up on her. Now Nick and Sally can keep their cookies safe!
Educational Objective
Unlike many insect beetles cannot as a rule take off instantly to the air. So many beetles have evolved means for "buying time" when under attack. Giant Stag Beetle Eyed Click Beetle; and American Bombardier Beetle
Tongue Tied
Tongue Tied

Synopsis:
Mmm, there's nothing better than a blueberry popsicle, even though it makes your tongue blue! Speaking of tongues, the Cat has some friends with marvelous tongues! The kids meet Treetop Tom and see how his tough tongue can pick food off of thorny branches. Then Snifty the boa snake shows them how she uses her tongue to smell. And by using Cat's "Not-So-Fast-Glasses", they can see Colin the chameleon's lightening fast tongue get him his food. Nick and Sally realize that their tongues are pretty useful too.. for asking for another popsicle!
Educational Objective
Animals use their tongues in many ways to detect, catch and eat the food they need. Tree Top Tom, the Giraffe; panther chameleon; Madagascar ground boa, African Umbrella Thorn Tree.

Episode 206
Manatees and Mermaids
Big Cats

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick are pretending to swim, but why not go for a real swim asks the Cat! Off to the Glippydrippy Gulf to meet Matilda the Manatee and her son Marlin. Matilda and Marlon teach their guests how to swim slowly and gracefully. Until they hear the sound of a boat motor! Those can be dangerous for manatees, but luckily the Cat, Nick and Sally help their new friends to stay safe. And when they get back home, Nick and Sally will be sure to tell everyone to "Slow down for manatees!"
Educational Objective
Nick and Sally discover how manatees move slowly yet gracefully underwater and are at risk as a result from humans in boats.
The Last Chocolate
The Last Chocolate

Synopsis:
Only two chocolates left in the whole box, what a great present for Nick and Sally's Moms. That is until The Cat excitedly eats them! Oh no! How are they going to find more chocolate to give to their moms? Why a trip to visit Princess Lottachoca in the Cocoalicious Forest will help them! There, the Princess teaches Nick and Sally the chocolate-making song and they help to pick the beans, roast them, and to heat the juice and add sugar. And then, pouring the hot liquid into moulds of any shape. Now that the chocolate has cooled, it's time to go home and surprise their moms!
Educational Objective
The process of how chocolate is made from the humble cocoa bean — by picking the beans, drying them, roasting them and then crushing them to get the juice, then adding sugar while you heat it, pour it into a mould and cool it.

Episode 207
Tough Enough
Tough Enough

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are trying to guess what animal is the toughest one — is it a lion? Oh no, it must be the enormous elephant! Why not at all, says The Cat. The toughest of all is a teeny tiny Waterbear. Huh? Off to meet Cat's friend Wally the Waterbear. After shrinking down in the Thingamajigger, they find Wally and start to play the Tough Enough game! Wally is tough enough to live anywhere, so it's off to Freeze Your Knees Snowland to test it out. Then they go to the super hot Gritchity-Gratch Desert, then even a trip into space! Wally can live anywhere! He really is the toughest of all!
Educational Objective
How TARDIGRADES (also known as Waterbears) survive extreme heat, cold and even being a trip into space.
How Cool is Coral
How Cool is Coral

Synopsis:
The Cat needs help! He needs to get his fish friend Ting Tang Tony back to his family. Off to Scoobamareen they go! Tony and Cat got distracted while he was drawing pictures of the beautiful coral that's all around them. Using Cat's drawings as a map, they swim to get Tony back home. Along the way they meet little polyps that live in the coral and learn that they actually helped to make it! They learn about how long it takes to make and how delicate it is. Luckily they soon find Tony's family and they're reunited. Back home Nick and Sally make their own coral drawings, cause you never know when the Cat might need help again!
Educational Objective
Coral is a rock-like substance that can be many different shapes, sizes and colours. It's used as a home to various sealife.

Episode 208
Babies
Babies

Synopsis:
Sally is looking after some baby hamsters, but how can she and Nick hold them right? Well, different animals hold their babies different ways. A trip to OzzieWozz Outback will help them, Cat has some friends who know all about carrying babies! First up is Wilma the spider, who carries all her babies on her back. Then it's off to see Dilly the crocodile, she carries her babies in her mouth! And the last stop, Coco the Koala who uses a pouch to carry her little one. But how does that help Nick and Sally? Well all the babies were happiest with their moms, so they'll just leave them all together.
Educational Objective
Nick and Sally learn how different animals carry their babies.
Fast
Fast

Synopsis:
It's a race to the treehouse, but Nick and Sally wish they could go as fast as an airplane! How about a peregrine? asks The Cat. What's that? The fastest creature in the world! His friend Perry the Peregrine Falcon will show them how fast he can be. Off to Steep-and-Deep Cliffs to meet him! Using Cat's special backpacks, the kids have wings like Perry's so they can fly through the air too. Perry shows them how he dives straight down to catch his food. Who wants to be as fast as an airplane, when you can be a peregrine falcon!
Educational Objective
Peregrine Falcons are probably the fastest creatures in the world, reaching speed of 150 mph when they dive to catch food.

Episode 209
Little Lemmings
Little Lemmings

Synopsis:
It's cold outside, but Nick and Sally want to keep playing. Is there a way to stay warm out in the cold? Cat's friend Lars the Lemming will know! He lives in the Wundra-Bundra-Tundra. It's cold out, but with Lars' fur coat, he doesn't even notice! They help Lars find a new home, one where there's more food for him and his family and they discover that he uses the snow to help keep him warm! Back at home the kids wear two winter coats to help them keep warm. But what's even warmer than that, hot chocolate!
Educational Objective
Norway Lemmings are well-suited to life above the Arctic Circle.
Keep the Beat
Keep the Beat

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally have been running around the backyard and now their chests are thumpity thumping! The Cat explains that that is their hearts boom boom booming! But why? wonders Sally. A visit to Dr. Giggles will answer that question. By shrinking down super small, they follow Dr. Giggles' directions to follow the path that blood takes, learning about how the heart is a pump. They watch Thing 2's heart beat faster when he runs, and slows down when he stops. With all this running around, their bodies are now making another sound - rumbling tummies!
Educational Objective
How and why the heart beats.

Episode 210
Name That Sound
Name That Sound

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick are trying to stump each other by guessing the animal sounds they're making. But the Cat stumps them both when he tries to make the sound of a cricket! That didn't sound like a cricket. They all try but just can't figure out how a cricket makes its noise. Well Cat's friend Clarence the Cricket can surely show them! Off to the Grassy-Grove-Dell to meet him! He shows him his wings, one that is comblike, the other a scraper, when he rubs them together, he makes his wonderful cricket noise. Back at home Nick and Sally find things around the house they can use to mimic Clarence — a deck of cards and a comb!
Educational Objective
Male crickets make a chirping sound by scraping one pegged wing against the other wing, which is ridged. This is done so fast one doesn't hear the individual clicks but rather a trilling chirp which is why it is hard for us to copy. The sound is used to get the attention of other crickets either as a warning or for mating.
Fabulous Feathers
Fabulous Feathers

Synopsis:
Sally is playing dressup, but her favourite hat no longer has any feathers on it. Where can they find more? The Cat's good friend Puranjay might be able to help! He's a peacock who lives in Feathery Flats, he has plenty of feathers! Sally collects the feathers that have fallen out of Puranjay and discover that each one has it's own distinct job. But it's his tail feathers that are just jazzy and snazzy enough for her hat! They are the most fabulous feathers!
Educational Objective
Feathers serve a variety of functions including flight, heat conservation, waterproofing, camouflage, and display.

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