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Learning Snacks

Each week we’re packing up some smart treats for hungry minds of all ages! Kids, parents, caregivers and educators will all find something enlightening for the most curious appetite.

  • Late January may feel like a cold, dark time of year, but there are so many special things to celebrate!

    There’s nothing better than a cup of hot cocoa on a cold winter day. January 31 is National Hot Chocolate Day. While the original recipe did not include whipped cream or marshmallows, we thank the ancient Aztecs for creating one of our favorite winter treats!

    February 1 marks Chinese New Year (also called the Lunar New Year), a celebration of good fortune at the end of the winter season. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. Learn more about the history and traditions behind Chinese New Year with this video or in this clip featuring Curious George.
  • Winter is a time when all kinds of viruses and bacteria can make us ill — even when we’re not dealing with COVID and its fast-spreading Omicron variant. As children and teachers return to the classroom, we are focusing on ways to keep each other healthy and safe during sickness season — and all year ‘round. 
  • ¡Aprendamos y juguemos juntos en Español! Let’s learn and play together in Spanish!

    PBS KIDS and PBS LearningMedia offer many videos, games, activities, and other educational resources in both Spanish and English. Whether it is your family’s first language, or you would like to introduce young children to learning Spanish, PBS KIDS has la solución!
  • The new year brings new opportunities as well as unknown challenges. This week, focus on taking time for mindfulness and implementing sustainable self-care resolutions that will benefit children, families, and teachers! When we take care of ourselves, we’re more prepared to take care of others.
  • Traveling this holiday season? PBS KIDS can help limit the "Are we there yet?"s. Download the PBS KIDS Video and PBS KIDS Games apps to your mobile devices. These free apps are kid-safe and easy-to-browse for early readers. No subscription or sign-in is required, so it’s a smooth ride to fun and learning.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at Connecticut Public!
  • This is quite a busy week for many of us, and there is a lot of excited energy in the air. Here are some simple, fun, and festive activities to keep curious hands and minds busy — and always learning. We at Connecticut Public hope that you will treasure this time and all the traditions of the season with the children in your lives.

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  • Learning Snacks
    Celebrate the changing winter seasons as a family! As we join together for the holidays, so are some of your favorite characters. This month, Sesame Street is hosting “Neighbor Day” with the See Us Coming Together special celebrating diverse Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Turn your screen time into family time with these tips!

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    December 10th is International Human Rights Day, and some groups have asked us to also consider animal rights on that day. How are animals like us?

    When the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, Eleanor Roosevelt spoke about where human rights begin, saying it is “In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.” Even very small children can begin to understand the need to protect and provide for those that are more vulnerable.

    As winter approaches in Connecticut, animals are feeling the chill. Learning how to care for our animal neighbors helps young children build their empathy skills for people, too.
  • Learning Snacks
    The holiday season is a time for joy and togetherness but can also be a time when we feel most stressed. As the days get busier, make sure to focus on your physical and mental health. It’s a good time to teach our kids that a healthy holiday is a happy holiday!
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    This year during the winter holidays, we’re hoping to spend more time with friends and family (which means more time in the kitchen!). Cooking with your kids is a great way to bring family closer together and learn all kinds of lessons about science, math and creativity. Just like Donkey Hodie, your children can learn to love trying new things and taking risks.

    Join Donkey Hodie and her pals as they teach children how to be resilient and build confidence. New episodes are available to stream online.
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    The holidays are here and that means observing long-held family traditions and creating new memories. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to practice gratitude, kindness and generosity. Try one of these family-friendly Thanksgiving ideas to get in the spirit, and perhaps be of service to others, too.
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    November 13 is World Kindness Day. Celebrate with brand-new episodes of Let’s Go Luna! from November 15-19! Join Carmen, Andy, Leo, and Luna as they travel to five new global destinations while learning about the art, food, and culture that make these locations, and the people who live there, special.

    Just as Luna and her friends spread kindness around the world, you can do the same during a walk around your neighborhood.

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    Native American Heritage Month honors indigenous peoples living in the United States before the arrival of Europeans. Throughout November, PBS KIDS will celebrate with all new episodes of Molly of Denali! The premiere features Elizabeth Peratovich, Alaska Native Civil Rights leader, as she teaches Molly about diversity and the history of indigenous people in the United States.

    Check the schedules for Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and our CPTV Spirit channel for more programming that celebrates the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories, and learning resources.

  • Learning Snacks
    Ghosts, pumpkins, and candy, OH MY! With Halloween right around the corner, you can find all sorts of ways to celebrate. Did you know Halloween wasn’t always about candy and costumes? Watch this video to learn the history of the holiday.

    Try some creepy crafts and ghostly games leading up to the 31st, and join us for Family Night with Spooky Stories on PBS KIDS 24/7 October 29, 30, and 31, 2021 from 7 to 10 p.m.
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    Math shapes the world around us in so many ways! After school is a great time for students to apply math problem-solving skills, which are so important to your student’s development.

    Even the youngest children can play in ways that encourage natural curiosity and build understanding of numbers and how they work. Peg + Cat follows a girl and her wacky cat sidekick as they encounter everyday challenges that require math problem-solving skills. 

    And don't miss the family classic holiday special "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on CPTV and PBS KIDS 24/7 October 24, 2021.
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    No matter where you live, you share your neighborhood with fascinating plants and animals. Get outside and go exploring! Learning to observe the world around us sparks our curiosity and inspires the imagination. Fall is a great time to spend with friends and family on an adventure of discovery — and you don’t need to travel much farther than your own backyard. And when you’re ready for snack time, here’s a kid-friendly recipe for apple “donuts.”