Peep and the Big Wide World
The animated series Peep and the Big Wide World gives wings to the innovative idea of teaching science to preschoolers. Wry and distinctive visual humor, charming plotlines, and lovable characters combine with a comprehensive science program to attract and engage kids three to five years old.
Set in and around a pond, a bush, and a tin can, the show follows a newly hatched chicken named Peep, and his friends Chirp and Quack (a robin and a duck), on their daily adventures. Surrounding them is a large urban park — a place of great wonder and mystery, a place they are forever eager to explore, a place they call "the big wide world."
Each half-hour episode contains two stories which highlight specific science concepts, plus two live-action shorts presenting real kids playing and experimenting with these concepts in their own big wide worlds.
Narrated by award-winning comedienne Joan Cusack, with a theme song performed by Taj Mahal, Peep and the Big Wide World is a funny, engaging series that celebrates being curious, being adventurous, and, for at least one character, being a duck.
Peep and the Big Wide World airs on WQED-TV Sundays at 7:30 a.m.
Watch at the Peep and the Big Wide World website.
Meet the characters of Peep and the Big Wide World
Games / Online resources
Play educational games with your favorite Peep and the Big Wide World characters.
Print and color pictures of Peep and his friends!
For Parents and Caregivers
- Anywhere Science and Math Activities: Written by a preschool teacher who specializes in early childhood science, these easy-to-do ideas are fun ways for you and your kids to learn simple science concepts. Each activity extends the science ideas of each Peep and the Big Wide World story. You can do them at home, at school, just about anywhere!
- Neighborhood Safari: Nine different activities that can be done in your own neighborhood to spark your child's interest of their Big Wide World! Download both the Parent's Guide and the Children's Activity pages below to get started.
- Recommended Books: For every story, two wonderful kids' books are recommended that extend the stories, the science, the math, or all three. You'll find fiction and non-fiction titles on our easy-to-print book list. Reading together is yet another way that you and your kids can connect to the ideas that make the TV series so special.
- Archived Webinar for Teachers: WGBH and Education Development Center (EDC) introduce teachers to the PEEP Explorer's Guide and the fundamentals of science inquiry instruction in this recorded presentation. Watch this first if you are new to Peep!
- Anywhere Activities: Written by a preschool teacher who specializes in early childhood science, these easy-to-do ideas are fun ways for you and your students to learn simple science concepts. Each activity extends the science ideas of each Peep and the Big Wide World story.
- Explorer's Guide: The Peep and the Big Wide World Explorer's Guide, designed for early childhood classrooms, invites children and teachers to explore science in the world around them. Six units offer hands-on explorations that lead to rich science learning as well as lots of fun. Each unit features an animated Peep and the Big Wide World story and related live-action video clips in both English and Spanish. Family Science letters — also in English and Spanish — encourage families to continue the exploration and learning at home.
- Peep Event Kit: In the Peep and the Big Wide World Event Kit, you will find resources to organize, promote, and run three different science events for preschoolers: Exploring Shadows, Exploring Structures, and Exploring Ramps. For each event there is an Event Leader's guide detailing how to set-up the hands-on activities, a flier to promote the event, and related take-home materials for families in English and Spanish.