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Episode 211
Take a Walk
Take a Walk

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick are practicing to be in a three-legged race, but walking on three legs is hard! Well if anyone knows about walking, its Cat's friends Sid the centipede, Spinny the spider and Bugsy the beetle! They all teach the kids how they walk on many legs by keeping a steady pace and walking in a rhythm and a beat. Back at home, Nick and Sally practice what they learned by using their own special rhythm!
Educational Objective
Nick and Sally discover how creatures with more than two legs (centipedes, spiders and beetles) walk.
Cotton Patch
Cotton Patch

Synopsis:
Oh no! Nick has torn his favourite shirt! He needs a perfect patch of cotton to fix it. Good thing Cat's friend Dr. Twiggles knows all about cotton! Off to Fluff'n Stuff Fields to see him! Once there, the kids are astonished to learn that you can make clothes from plants! Dr. Twiggles shows them how to pick the cotton, clean and dry it, comb it and spin it into thread. Finally, he demonstrates how the thread comes together to make a patch by using his loom. They even learn how to dye the cotton by using berry juice. Nick's favourite shirt is as good as new!
Educational Objective
Nick and Sally discover how the cotton fibers of the cotton plant can be cleaned, carded, spun and woven to make clothes.

Episode 212
Rumbly Tumbly
Rumbly Tumbly

Synopsis:
Nick's hungry tummy is rumbling! But why do our stomachs make noises when they're hungry? A super shrunken trip into Thing One's stomach will show them the answer! They learn how chewing and stomach juices help to break down the food, and the tummy sounds are actually the stomach working. When your tummy is empty, the sounds are much louder! There's only one way to quiet Nick's rumbly tumbly… a chewy chocolate chunky chunk chip cookie!
Educational Objective
How the stomach works and what makes the rumbly tummy noise.
Planet Name Game
Planet Name Game

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally have run out of things to name in the garden. Good thing Cat needs help putting his model of the solar system back together — they can help him name the planets! Off in the Space-a-ma-racer they go on a whirlwind trip around the universe, learning the names of the seven planets as they go.
Educational Objective
To learn the order and names of the planets in our solar system: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune!

Episode 213
A Sweet Deal
Step This Way

Synopsis:
The kids are playing dressup, with Sally wearing her mom's shoes, and Nick wearing his dad's shoes. They're having trouble walking, and the Cat thinks it's because their feet are the wrong shape. But doesn't everyone have the same shaped feet? Not at all! The Cat takes them to the Jungle of Bingle-Bungle Boo to meet his friends Emily the teal, Mikey the lemur and Greg the Gecko. They see that animals have differently shaped feet to help them do different things! You need the right feet for the right job!
Educational Objective
Creatures have different feet for different uses.
Anything You Can Do
Anything You Can Do

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are pretending to be The Cat in the Hat. But there's only one Cat, no doubt about that! Pretending to be other people is hard. The Cat takes Nick and Sally to meet his good friend Mimi the Mimic Octopus to learn some tips on how to pretend to be someone else. They learn how to observe, pick out something special about the person and then copy it. Mimi does it to protect herself, but now Nick and Sally can pretend to be the one and only Cat!
Educational Objective
The mimic octopus has a remarkable ability to imitate other sea creatures.

Episode 214
Gorillas in the Nest
Gorillas in the Nest

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick have made a sleepover tent on the floor. But it's not very comfortable. The Cat's friend Gordon the Gorilla knows how to make a comfortable bed. Off to the Twisty-Misty Mountains to meet him! They discover that gorillas build nests to sleep in, with the dads sleeping on the ground and the moms and kids sleeping in a tree! Now Nick and Sally know how to make their own comfy cozy "nests” at home!
Educational Objective
Mountain Gorillas make nests on the ground and in trees. The gorilla is shy and retiring rather than ferocious and treacherous.
Tale of a Dragon
Tale of a Dragon

Synopsis:
Dragons don't really exist, but Cat knows some lizard friends who are oh-so like dragons! They can show Nick and Sally how to pretend to be dragons. The first one they meet is Ignacio the green iguana who shows them his spikes and dewlap. Then it's off to meet Draco the flying lizard who has wings! Kimora the komodo dragon is the last stop, she shows the kids her long wiggly tongue. Now, with some help from things around the house, Nick and Sally know just what they need to be dragons!
Educational Objective
Dragons only live in our imaginations - but there are some real lizards who have body parts that would suit a dragon perfectly.

Episode 215
Top of the Sky
Top of the Sky

Synopsis:
Sally, Nick and Cat are playing with their toy rocket. Using the Cat's "WhoaLook-At-It-Go-Launcher” he shoots the rocket up up and up! But now they need to go find it. Off to the top of the sky! They pass the treetops, and the mountains. Where is the top of the sky? They keep going higher until they're in space! They meet Audrey the Astronaut who explains that there is no top to the sky. The sky turns into space and space goes on forever! Just when the kids think their rocket is lost, they find it in Audrey's space station. Though they can't launch their rocket to the top of the sky, launching it to the moon is just as cool!
Educational Objective
Earth's Atmosphere; what you see between the ground and outer space and what creatures inhabit the highest levels.
Jiggle Bones
Jiggle Bones

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are wiggling and jiggling like the jelly mould in front of them. But they can't quite wiggle the same way. How come? Bones of course! announces the Cat. Bones keep their bodies from being wiggly and jiggly. But why do they need bones? A visit to Dr. Giggles will answer that question! They learn about the big strong bones that help us stand and walk, the small bones that help us bend and move, and the all important bones that help protect our squishy bits! Even though they won't let you wiggle and jiggle like jelly, bones are important!
Educational Objective
We have skeletons inside us that are made up a many different bones, each with a special purpose.

Episode 216
Wrappers Delight
Wrappers Delight

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick are trying to wrap a present for their moms. But they're having problems. Why meeting Cat's good friend Gina the Giraffe Weevil, will help! Gina shows them how she uses leaves to wrap her eggs to protect them while she waits for them to hatch. They learn how to carefully roll and fold the leaf so it doesn't rip and it protects the egg. Back at home they can finally finish wrapping their present — a statue of the Cat in the Hat!
Educational Objective
Female Giraffe Weevils wrap each of their eggs in a special parcel made from a leaf.
Dive! Swim! Scoop!
Dive! Swim! Scoop!

Synopsis:
There's a frog in Nick and Sally's pool! They have to get him out but can't catch him. Cat's good friend Penny the Pelican can teach them how to catch things in water! Along the way they meet a gannett who shows them how he dives deep into the water to catch his food and a cormorant that zigs and zags through the water to catch hers. But that won't help them catch the frog in their shallow pool. They finally find Penny and watch how she scoops with her big bill, like a net! Now Nick and Sally know how they can rescue the frog in their pool.
Educational Objective
Showing different ways birds catch fish by looking at the Pelicans and their relatives the Gannet and the Cormorant

Episode 217
Paper Chase
Paper Chase

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick are making paper airplanes, but have run out of paper! Luckily Cat's friend Dr. Twiggles can help them! Off to the Woody Wood Woods to see him. There, Dr. Twiggles shows them how to make new paper out of old paper — recycling! They watch how the old paper is shredded, then water and cleaner are added to make it into a thick, soupy mess! Then they put it through rollers that flatten it into large sheets of paper! Now Nick and Sally can make their airplanes, and the best part, they used recycled paper!
Educational Objective
How paper is made - from trees which are pulped, and also for recycling old paper.
A Polar Adventure
A Polar Adventure

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally have lost Teddy outside, they need to find him, bears don't like the snow! Well some bears do, proclaims the Cat. In Freeze-Your-Knees-Snowland, Cat's friend Polly the polar bear loves the snow! They meet Polly and her two bear cubs and learn how their thick fur keeps them warm and how their long claws keep them from slipping on the ice. When a storm blows in, Polly keeps everyone warm in her den. Polar bears really do like the cold! Back home, Sally finds Teddy buried under the snow, but he was nice and safe in his own little den!
Educational Objective
How polar bears survive the arctic winter - with their warm furry coats, feet with claws and gripping pads on their paws that help them move across the snow, and retreating to a den during a storm.

Episode 218
Balancing Act
Balancing Act

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick are trying to walk across a beam in their backyard, but are having trouble staying on it! Can the Cat help? Why of course! His friend Zappa the snow leopard is an amazing balancer! He uses his big wide feet and his long tail to help him keep his balance. Nick and Sally don't have tails, but they see how Zappa moves carefully to keep his weight balanced, now they know what to do at home. Using broomsticks to help them stay balanced, Nick and Sally are able to cross the balance beam. And just in time to have some yummy bran berry muffins!
Educational Objective
How a Snow Leopard balances
Marvelous Marbles
Marvelous Marbles

Synopsis:
The kids are playing with glass marbles, until one of them rolls away! It was Nick's "extra luck never miss marble”, now what is he going to do? Cat will take them to a sandy beach that's full of marbles! But when they get there, all they see is sand. Cat's friend Sharky McGee explains that sand makes glass. He shows them how sand is turned into glass and all the wonderful things you can make with it. Including marbles!
Educational Objective
How glass is made from tiny particles of sand, into all sorts of useful items.

Episode 219
Biggest Bird
Biggest Bird

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick are pretending to be birds, because it's fun to fly! But not all birds can fly, says the Cat. His friend Os the ostrich can't fly, but he can do oh so many other things! Why don't they go meet him and try to guess what he's best at doing? Off to Savannah Saloo! They guess that he's good at being big, a really fast runner, growing beautiful feathers and seeing really far away! But those aren't what he does best. They meet Os' wife and ostrich chicks and realize that being moms and dads are what ostriches do best! Just like Nick and Sally's moms and dads!
Educational Objective
Ostriches are extraordinary birds. They are exceptionally large, in fact the Biggest Bird in the world and they can't fly; but they compensate by being fast runners, have great eyesight and are also great moms and dads, sharing parenting.
Drum Di Drum
Doing It Differently

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are trying to make some music, but they need drums. What about the drums in your ears? asks the Cat. Drums in ears?? Dr. Giggles will teach them all about it! By shrinking down super small, they go inside Thing One's ear to explore. They get to the ear drum and learn that it's not for making sounds, but for catching them! Back at home they play their music, and thank their ear drums for being able to hear it!
Educational Objective
Nick and Sally explore how the inner ear works — that sounds are collected by the outer ear and passed on by the ear drum vibrating through the inner ear and onto the brain.

Episode 220
The Skin I'm In
The Skin I'm In

Synopsis:
Nick and Sally are playing super heroes when Nick cuts his finger. He wishes he had skin like a super hero. Oh but you do, says The Cat! And a visit to Dr. Giggles to learn all about how super skin is, is just the thing! By shrinking down really small, they discover teeny tiny hairs on our skin, how stretchy our skin is and slippery too! They even learn that old skin falls off and new skin grows. It even fixes itself when it's hurt! Skin really is super
Educational Objective
Young plants and animals change and grow with the seasons.
Fishy Washy
Fishy Washy

Synopsis:
Sally and Nick need to clean up the backyard. Cat has a friend who's an expert at cleaning, perhaps he can give them some tips! It's off to the ocean to meet this cleaner fish! They discover that Rufus doesn't clean the ocean, he cleans other fish! They watch as Rufus cleans one bit at a time, that's the trick! It's not so hard to clean up, especially when you have friends to help!
Educational Objective
The Wrasse Cleaner Fish eat parasites that live on larger fish. This keeps the big fish clean and provides the cleaner fish with a regular supply of food.

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