"Peep and the Big Wide World" airs on Sundays at 6:30 a.m. on
WYCC. You can find out more about Peep, check out more than 50
Anywhere Science and Math activities and Explorer's Guide, plus
watch clips from the show at peepandthebigwideworld.com.
Beloved by adults for her comedic grace and by children
everywhere as the voice of Jesse from the Toy Story film series,
Chicago 's own Joan Cusack hits the small screen as narrator of the
Emmy Award-winning public television show "Peep and the Big Wide
World," which begins its new season Jan. 3.
The series, which focuses on science and math, combines the
innovative idea of teaching science to preschoolers while following
the adventures of Peep, a newly hatched chick; Chirp, a smart and
sassy robin; and Quack, an irascible and endearing duck.
In the new season, Peep tests his mettle in the big world with
some very fowl encounters. Episodes feature famous voices such as
Megan Mullally, who, in the season premiere, lends her voice as an
obnoxious duck who takes all she can from Quack. Oscar winner Holly
Hunter guest stars as a real, live capital "R" Robin who can sing,
build nests, take baths and even fly!
But what keeps the momentum of the little creatures going is
Cusack and her recognizable voice. Chicago Parent had the
opportunity, via e-mail, to ask her about living in Chicago,
science and her favorite Chicago sports team.
How do you help your kids learn about science and
I think children are naturally curious, and I try to just
What advice do you have for parents of city kids who
might not have those big backyards to do nature experiments and the
I heard once that if you just don't worry about everything being
clean all the time, and let them makes messes occasionally, or let
them look at what happens with the milk that spilled on the floor,
how it travels or where it pools, that all can be naturally
scientific. Granted you have to be in the right mood!
What are the advantages for kids living in the city of
Chicago to learn about nature and science? What are the
I think anyone who lives in Chicago knows that the spectrum of
things available to you and your family here is outstanding,
although one disadvantage is that you can't learn about actually
climbing mountains here. "Peep" has hands-on, science and math
activities that kids and parents can do anywhere.
Why do you think some kids and parents are scared of
science and math? How does the show help to overcome those
Everyone has different kinds of minds. Some are more suited to
one kind of thinking versus another. But being curious and being
logical are tools everyone can use.
What's your top family activity in Chicago
Definitely Blackhawks games. We love going to those as a
How do you balance being a working mom in Hollywood with
the laid-back, Midwest atmosphere of Chicago ? How do you keep your
It's that very laid-back Midwestern attitude that helps a lot!
And recognizing when people are getting too stressed out and
finding something relaxing and/or authentically fun to do.
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
See more of Sara's stories here.
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