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The Science of Snooze

What’s happening in our brains when we’re asleep? Let’s dive into the science behind taking a snooze.

For Grown-Ups

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Why do we need sleep?


est. 25 min

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Why Do We Sleep?

Dr. Binocs explains how sleep helps our bodies grow strong and healthy.

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Sweet Dreams

Dreams are like stories and pictures in our minds, while we’re sleeping. Neat, right? Learn more about them in SciShow Kids.

Nighty Night, Elmo!

Today, Elmo is thinking about sleep, and he has some questions. Do fish sleep? Visit Elmo’s World to find out.


est. 30 min

All About Dreamcatchers

Dreamcatchers are woven charms originally created by members of the Ojibwe tribe to protect children during their sleep: bad dreams would be caught in the web, while good dreams pass through. Learn more about dreamcatchers in this PBS video.

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Make Your Own Dreamcatcher

Now try making your own dreamcatcher. Here’s an example of how to make one at home using a paper plate, hole punch, and thread or yarn.

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A paper plate, thread or yarn, a hole punch, tape


Help your camper punch holes in their plate and begin threading the yarn through.


Decorate your dreamcatcher however you want. Then use your yarn or thread to weave it together.


est. 5 min

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If Your Monster Won’t Go to Bed

What do you do if your monster won’t go to sleep? Listen along to this story by Denise Vega.


est. 15 min

Tommy the Bedtime Turtle

Get ready for bed with some Cosmic Yoga, tonight starring Tommy the Bedtime Turtle.