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Exploring Animal Camouflage
Related Episode: Now You See Me, Now You Don't

In this activity, you and your child can learn about protective coloration in animals by exploring the birds, insects, and other animals around your home and neighborhood. You can also have fun together playing the game “Now You See Me, Now You Don’t!”
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Exploring Animals in Trees
Related Episode: Trees Company

Help your child learn about trees, and the animals that use them, by exploring the trees in your backyard or neighborhood, and doing some leaf and bark rubbings together.
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Exploring Flowers
Related Episode: Flower Power

Through observing, comparing, and collecting flowers, you can help your child learn more about flowers and the bees, butterflies, or other small creatures that depend on them for food, water, or shelter. In this activity, you can also have fun pressing and preserving flowers.
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Exploring Our Senses
Related Episode: I Love the Nightlife

In this activity you can help your child explore the world by engaging him in indoor and outdoor sensory explorations that use all of his senses. You can also go on explorations after dark and help your child learn about nocturnal animals.
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Exploring Weather
Related Episode: Snowman's Land

In this activity you can encourage your child to notice and describe different kinds of weather, including clouds, rain, snow, wind, and temperature. You can make a simple weather chart together to learn more about weather. And through simple and fun observations of water freezing and ice melting, you can help your child learn about cold-weather phenomena.
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Feeding and Observing Birds
Related Episode: Migration Vacation

In this activity you can make a simple bird feeder with your child to help her learn more about birds. Together you can observe the birds that visit the feeder, and learn about birds that live in your area year-round or birds that are migrating from faraway places.
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Exploring Mapping Skills
Related Episode: Show Me the Honey

Does your child enjoy searching for hidden objects by following clues? You can help him learn the vocabulary of math by giving him clues that include words that describe an object's location. Following clues that point to a specific location helps your child build skills he will need later in life to create and use maps.
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Exploring How Things Fit Together
Related Episode: Meerkat Jubilee

Have you ever watched your child put together a puzzle? A lot of thought goes into figuring out which piece goes where. First she has to consider the shape and size of each piece to see if it will fit into a particular space. If the shape looks right, then she has to figure out which way it goes in. She might have to rotate it or flip it so it aligns properly. As your child does the puzzle, she is using spatial skills. Manipulating 3-D objects such as pieces of pasta is another way to practice these skills.
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Exploring Numbers and Counting
Related Episode: Do You See My Seahorse?

Does your child like to tell people how old he is? Sometimes he may even show his age by holding up a finger for each year. Your child's age is one number he knows very well. For this reason, it is a great number to use in helping him understand what numbers are and the different ways in which you can represent them.
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Exploring Spatial Sense
Related Episode: Deep Sea Follow Me

Does your child like to go on treasure hunts? Did you know that treasure hunts are a great way to build early math skills? Whether you are using a map or a series of clues to lead your child to the "treasure," your child uses skills that lay the foundation for doing geometry later in life. She also learns to follow directions, another important skill that she'll need when she starts school. And, most important of all, she'll have a lot of fun while building these essential skills!
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Exploring Measurement
Related Episode: Welcome to Beaver City

Does your child enjoy measuring his height to find out how much he has grown? Or perhaps he likes to stand back to back with a sibling or friend to see who is taller? These are great early experiences with measurement. You can help your child learn more about measurement by measuring things around the house, or comparing two objects to see which is taller, shorter, or wider.
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Shape Hunt Adventure
Related Episode: Great Shape Race

A great way to teach your child about shapes is to take a walk around your house, neighborhood or town and go on a shape hunt. If you look closely, you'll be amazed at how many shapes you find. From octagonal stop signs and square window panes to triangular roofs and round door knobs, shapes are everywhere!
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A House Just Right for Me!
Related Episode: Hermit Shell Game

When children compare objects in their environment and use terms such as "bigger", "smaller", "wider," and "taller," they are laying the foundation for understanding measurement. A fun way for them to practice measurement skills is by building a house for a favorite toy or character like the Cat in the Hat.
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