It’s a new animated preschool series that follows Peg and her sidekick, Cat, as they share hilarious adventures and solve really big problems in some amazing places like in a magical forest, at a circus, and on a pirate island.
The new series premieres on PBS KIDS on Monday, October 7 (check local listings).
I had the chance to preview the show with my 4-year-old son and his ‘girl’ cousin (same age). They both loved it and asked to watch it 3 more times! It was fun, engaging, and very educational. They both giggled at Cat and thought he was hilarious. I have to say his voice is adorable!
To add more fun to the mix, PBS KIDS and Whole Foods Market have teamed up to offer families tools for healthy eating. PEG + CAT activities, recipes, and more will be available to families at their local Whole Foods Market, offering fun ways to build math skills and healthy eating habits.
The boys and I made PEG + CAT’s “Great Banana Pirate Fruit Salad”. Since my boys don’t like bananas, I just called it, “Pirate Fruit Salad” and that was good enough for them!
This is a great activity that allows them to get creative, do simple math functions, and learn healthy eating habits.
Here’s a quick video of us making our treasure chests and filling them with yummy fruit!
Step #1: Make your own treasure chest
- Empty yogurt containers or small plastic containers
- White paper
- Crayons or markers
- Clean out yogurt cups or small plastic containers.
- Measure the height of the container on the long edge of the white paper.
- Cut out the strip and decorate your treasure chest with markers or crayons.
- Draw the wooden boards that make up the chest, and don’t forget the large lock on front. NOTE: I let my kids go to town, and create their own pirate designs.
- Once you’ve covered your chest, wrap the paper strip around the top of your plastic container and tape in place.
Step 2: Cut up fruit
- Pick your child’s favorite fruit and cut it up.
- Place into separate bowls
Step 3: Put it together
Now it’s time to fill your treasure chest! Count as you spoon the fruit into each chest.
- 6 strawberries
- 7 grapes
- 8 peaches
- 9 blueberries
- 4 blackberries
- 3 bananas
- The real key is picking fruit that your child will eat. One of my boys loves peaches, while the other one loves strawberries. I make sure they have a few different types that they’ll actually eat or want to try.
- Try new things: This is also a great time to introduce them to new fruit and get them excited to taste test!
- For younger kids: have them count the fruit as they spoon into their treasure chest. This is a great time to introduce simple adding and subtracting problems. For example: You have 3 grapes, if you add 1 more how many do you have?
- For older kids (like my 2nd grader): ask them multiplication questions. For example: If we have 3 bowls of 2 strawberries each, how many in total do you have?
PBS KIDS is also offering recipes, tips, activities, and games to encourage a lifetime of healthy eating online at http://pbskids.org/healthykids
Don’t forget to watch the premiere of PEG +CAT on October 7th on PBS Kids!
Disclaimer: I was sent a package including a gift card to Whole Foods Market for my review. As always, all opinions are my own and I strongly believe in teaching our kids healthy eating habits. Read Life Without Pink’s full disclosure here.