When PEG + CAT first landed on my radar back in May of 2013, I was attending the PBS Annual Meeting in Miami, where series creators Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson were on-hand to discuss their creation. With two daughters, the thought of a math-based series with a little girl as the lead was a compelling idea, and the fact that she wields a string-based instrument was a bonus. A year-and-a-half later, PEG + CAT is a true hit – a dual EMMY-winner that’s watched regularly here at Rock Father HQ, with Peg’s little ukulele-driven jingles a regular earworm. With the release of Chickens on the Loose and other REALLY Big Problems on DVD, the learning adventures are available at any time.
Led by THE CHICKEN PROBLEM (which was also the subject of a book that was released prior to the series), PEG + CAT uses an inquiry-based approach to problem solving as the characters go back-and-forth in their quest to solve all of the REALLY big problems they face.
From the graph paper backgrounds (with clouds made from infinity symbols) to the hand-drawn, jotted-down look, PEG + CAT is a prime example of reaching little ones in a way that they’ll understand with relatable, entertaining characters that help kids learn without them even realizing that they’re being taught. PBS KIDS is known for that, and it’s a large part of why I’ve always been such a vocal champion and partner to the content that they put out there.
Chickens on the Loose and other REALLY Big Problems features the following eight 11-minute episodes:
- The Chicken Problem – Peg and Cat have to get 100 chickens back in the coop before the farmer sees.
- The Space Creature Problem – Peg, Cat and Richard must get the 100 chickens away from Big Mouth and back to their spaceship.
- The Messy Room Problem – Peg and Cat sort through the mess in Peg’s room just in time for company to come over and see Cat’s masterpiece, “The Circles.”
- The Golden Pyramid Problem – Peg the Bold and Brave Sir Cat, Knights of the Round Table, search far and wide to retrieve the Mermaid’s golden pyramids.
- The Three Bears Problem – Peg and Cat bring the Three Bears, the Three Little Pigs, and the Three Billy Goats Gruff together to form a super group: “The Electric Eleven.”
- The Giant Problem – Peg and Cat must attempt a great escape when they think the Giants want to eat them and their 8 fairy tale friends for lunch.
- The Dinosaur Problem – When Peg and Cat get lost riding dinosaurs through a prehistoric forest, they use a diagram to find their way to safety before the Baby T-Rex catches up to them.
- The Beethoven Problem – When Peg and Cat are helping their pal Ludwig Van Beethoven write a symphony, Cat laughs in a certain pattern that gives Beethoven a great idea.
PEG + CAT and other great PBS KIDS titles are available via my associate, Amazon: