Thursday, April 21, 2011

Earth Day- Cool Animal Facts {PBS Kids}

While Earth Day only falls on one single day a year I usually find that my kids at school celebrate it for an entire week each year. They have already come home with lots of Earth Day activity sheets and crafts and my 1st grade daughter even has a Sea Life program at school tonight. I think that it’s important to focus on reinforcing the things they learn at school on a daily basis and while I try to do what I can there’s so much that I don’t know. That’s why I love PBS Kids. I feel like there’s so much junk on television these days so I try to keep it off for the most part but there are a few channels and shows that I think are great reinforces of the things they’re learning at school or extra educational programs they might not be learning about at school that can act as somewhat of a tutor to help improve their grades at school. I’m not saying that you should stick your kids in front of the television as an aid to their educational learning process but that in addition to parental involvement, extra activities outside of school like trips to the Zoo or Aquarium and some of the great educational programs on television can help improve their scholastic knowledge.

In celebration of Earth Day tomorrow – Chris and Martin Kratt, the “creature adventurers” featured on PBS Kids have shared some animal facts to help celebrate Earth Day!

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Did you know?

Cool Animal Facts from the Kratt Brothers to Help Young “Creature Adventurers” Celebrate Earth Day!

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Amazing animals are all around us – whether we live in the suburbs, the city or the country. The Kratt brothers’ love of animals stems from their experience with creatures right in their backyard when they were kids. Here are facts about just some of the fascinating creatures you may encounter in your backyard!

clip_image002 Gray squirrel – Found in several regions of the U.S., just one of these bushy-tailed creatures can bury and hide thousands of acorns in a single season.

clip_image002[1] Pigeon – Pigeons feed their babies, or “squabs,” a milk-like substance.

clip_image002[2] Earthworm – These wiggly creatures don’t have lungs, instead they use their skin to breathe.

clip_image002[3] Peregrine falcon – This formidable hunter flies at speeds of up to 240 mph to catch its prey midflight.

clip_image002[4] Raccoon – Raccoons are famous for “washing” their food – but they really feel for food in the water with their very sensitive hands! Plus raccoons just like to handle their food before they eat it.  

And don’t forget to tune in to TWO NEW EPISODES OF WILD KRATTS for LOTS more
intriguing information about animals – just in time for Earth Day!

Join the Wild Kratts team for Wild Kratts: Falcon City to meet the world’s fastest animal – the Peregrine falcon – and Wild Kratts: The Blue and the Gray to encounter Blue jays, Gray squirrels, Bobcats and Goshawks! These exciting new episodes starring zoologists Chris and Martin Kratt premiere this month as part of PBS KIDS’ special family-friendly Earth Day programming (check local listings). 

Wild Kratts is the newest series from the Kratt brothers, creators of the Emmy Award-winning Zoboomafoo and Kratts Creatures.  The series transforms the creature adventurers into animated versions of themselves for the very first time so they can bring school-age viewers along as they capture rare, fascinating and never-before-seen wildlife moments.  Featuring a dynamic combination of live-action and animation, the series showcases the science behind the amazing natural abilities of animals.

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