New From PBS Kids: Lyla in the Loop
- Written by Belinda Elliott
- Category: Kids & Family
- Published: 05 February 2024
Airs Mondays at 8 a.m. on WHRO TV 15
New Program Helps Kids Explore Problem Solving
Lyla in the Loop is a funny and engaging new animated series for kids ages 4-8. The show follows Lyla, a dynamic 7-year-old girl, who lives in a big city with her close-knit family, fantastical blue sidekick Stu, and a host of relatable and quirky characters in her community, who use creative and strategic problem-solving and critical thinking skills to address a range of everyday problems together.
Lyla in the Loop centers on Lyla and her family – mom Lydia and dad Louis, who run Loops Lunch diner; older twin sisters Liana and Louisa; younger brother Luke; and sidekick Stu, who always does exactly, literally, what was asked. With her family and best friend Everett Phan, Lyla tackles all sorts of challenges, from building her own homemade carnival games using repurposed materials, to riding along and lending a hand on the neighborhood trash and recycling route, to making a puppet show that recreates the Jamaican folktale, Anansi and the Goat. Lyla even helps her sister navigate the ethics of creating an art project with the help of Stu, showcasing an age-appropriate example of current questions surrounding the use of real-world AI tools.
In every adventure, Lyla and Stu introduce and explore foundational computational thinking concepts, leading to some comedic disasters and creative solutions, all while helping others in their community. The series will support a wide range of learners, modeling flexible approaches to finding and designing solutions, and creative self-expression.
See new episodes every Monday morning, or check the schedule to catch the replays.
Related Learning Activities
The learning doesn't stop when an episode is over! Check out these resources to help your children engage and have fun after watching the show.
Use this double-sided Activity Mat to help plan weekly tasks and/or to draw and color on. Encourage families to hang it on the fridge, take it on the go, or use at the table during meals.
This is a set of cards with over 45 games and activities designed by educators to guide and nurture kids’ computational thinking skills. Each included activity requires NO additional materials, are kid-tested for maximum fun and can take less than 5-10 minutes to complete.
Operation: Rise and Shine (video and activities)
Lyla and her siblings embark on a mission to “debug” their morning routine so they never miss the bus again!This video and the accompanying printable activities are designed to foster students' critical thinking and creative problem-solving abilities. They are intended to help students:
- Identify when a process isn’t working as intended.
- Determine potential source(s) of a problem.
- Imagine solutions to a problem.