SARAH'S BLOG OF FUN: PEG+CAT: The Pirates Ahoy! And Other Really Big Problems On DVD December 23rd

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PEG+CAT: The Pirates Ahoy! And Other Really Big Problems On DVD December 23rd

PBS KIDS Series PEG + CAT Helps Kids Build Math and Problem Solving Skills

Arlington, Va. – December 8, 2014 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing seven stories from PBS KIDS’ popular PEG + CAT series on the new DVD “PEG + CAT: PIRATES AHOY! AND OTHER REALLY BIG PROBLEMS.” From helping a group of hungry pirates fairly share tropical fruit, to measuring their way to buried treasure, Peg and Cat embark on swashbuckling adventures in this new fun-filled DVD that will help kids learn problem solving and foundational math concepts and skills.

Each PEG + CAT adventure features a story in which Peg and Cat encounter an unexpected challenge that requires them to use math and problem-solving skills in order to save the day. While teaching specific math lessons, the series displays the values of resilience and perseverance.
PEG + CAT was created by Billy Aronson (“Rent,” “Postcards from Buster”) and Jennifer Oxley (“Little Bill,” “The Wonder Pets!”) and is a production of The Fred Rogers Company. PEG + CAT, which made its broadcast debut in October 2013, airs daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings).
The “PEG + CAT: PIRATES AHOY! AND OTHER REALLY BIG PROBLEMS” DVD will be available for purchase on December 23, 2014. Its run time is approximately 85 minutes and its SRP is $12.99. In addition to featuring seven stories (listed below), the DVD also includes five printable activities – the pirates’ fruit salad recipe, pirates + peaches board game, four fantastic flip-books, Cat sock-beanie instructions, and PEG + CAT stick puppets.

The Pirate Puzzle Problem:
Peg and Cat must help the pirates put together a puzzle, and then the four sections of their sinking ship.
Primary Learning Goal: Composing and decomposing puzzles
Secondary Learning Goal: Recognizing the attributes of shapes

The Pirate Problem:
Peg and Cat show a group of very hungry pirates how to share tropical fruit fairly.
Primary Learning Goal: Fair sharing
Secondary Learning Goal: Adding within 4

The Sleepover Problem:
When the pirates are having a sleepover at Peg’s house, they get scared at bedtime. Peg and Cat help the pirates fall asleep by counting chickens.
Primary Learning Goal: Counting to 20
Secondary Learning Goal: 4 + 1 = 5

The Buried Treasure Problem:
Peg and Cat measure their way to buried treasure using Cat as a measuring stick!
Primary Learning Goal: Non-standard units of measurement
Secondary Learning Goal: Mapping

The Scrap of Map Problem:
When the pirates’ treasure map is torn and carried off by the wind, Peg and Cat and friends from far and wide put their scraps of map together to find the treasure.
Primary Learning Goal: Working together to solve a problem, one-to-one counting
Secondary Learning Goal: Using a map, fair sharing

The Perfect Ten Problem:
Peg and Cat are judging a singing competition in which all performers must get a rating of exactly ten stars.
Primary Learning Goal: Adding to 10
Secondary Learning Goal: The number 0

The Pizza Pirate Problem:
As Peg and Cat deliver pizzas far and wide, they are menaced by the flying pizza pirates who are determined to “take away one!”
Primary Learning Goal: Taking away 1
Secondary Learning Goal: Adding 10
PEG + CAT is funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the U.S. Department of Education through the Ready To Learn Initiative, a program that supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families.


PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs.  Kidscreen- and Webby-award provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer-and mobile-device-based browsers.  For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Fred Rogers Company

The company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children.  The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly-rated children’s TV series include Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhoodand Peg + Cat. For more information, visit us at

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit us at

About The Ready To Learn Initiative

The Ready To Learn Initiative is a cooperative agreement funded and managed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. It supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families. Its general goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with a particular interest in reaching low-income children. In addition to creating television and other media products, the program supports activities intended to promote national distribution of the programming, effective educational uses of the programming, community-based outreach and research on educational effectiveness.  Proceeds from “PEG + CAT: PIRATES AHOY! AND OTHER REALLY BIG PROBLEMS” DVD will help support projects that further the goals and objectives of the Ready To Learn Initiative.

About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution offers consumers high-quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming. PBS Distribution is also a leading source for factual content for international broadcast, cable and satellite services.

The contents of this release were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. [PR/Award No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A]

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