Peep and the Big Wide World

The “Peep and the Big Wide World” temporary tattoos go up my daughter’s right arm. They are faded now, after a week of gracing her arm. She put them on herself as soon as I opened the package sent to us by WGBH, proving to me that, at five years old, she is more capable than I think. My “baby,” no longer.


The tattoos accompanied a DVD of the Emmy Award-winning “Peep and the Big Wide World” show, developed to celebrate the launch of a new bilingual website and curriculum created by the folks at WGBH, the PBS affiliate in Boston.

Have you watched “Peep and the Big Wide World” before? I hadn’t, but R and G knew of Peep (a chicken) and his friends, Chirp (a robin) and Quack (a duck). Narrated by Joan Cusack (who I watched recently in “Sixteen Candles” while I ran on the treadmill—talk about time passing by!), the show teaches kids about science and celebrates being curious and adventurous.

R and G watched the DVD with great enthusiasm, and then participated in a Q&A session with yours truly. It went like this:

Me: “What did you think of Peep and his friends?”

G: “They were very small.”

R: “Chirp was very smart.”

Me: “Did you learn anything from watching the show?”

R: “Yes, we learned that Peep and Chirp are very good friends.”

Me: “Which was your favorite episode?”

R: “I liked ‘Nosing Around.’ Quack was so funny; he was acting like a soldier.”

G: “My favorite was the one when Peep discovers a mirror [‘Reflection Affection’]. I loved the blue cat. I love kitties.”

G and I also checked out the “Peep and the Big Wide World” website, which features math and science-related content, games, videos, and activities that families can do at home and in the outdoors. The site is in both Spanish and English, and includes a six-week science curriculum for parents and caregivers.

I was impressed that the show, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, had such a commitment to scientific research. The creators worked in collaboration with researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston to assess the impact of their curriculum, evaluating the teaching strategies included therein. That kind of rigor provides an important grounding for the show and its related materials.

Get a peek at Peep and his friends below:

Find “Peep and the Big Wide World” on your local PBS station here.

Disclosure: I was provided a “Peep and the Big Wide World” package, including the DVD, to review. All of the opinions in this post are mine.