As a child in the 1990s, I read The Magic School Bus book series written by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen. The first book of the series was published in 1986. The series features a fictional school teacher named Ms. Frizzle. She would board a magic school bus and take her students on exciting field trips. They explored the solar system, clouds, and even the human body. The original books series was re-released with updated information and are available for purchase here or here.
I also watched The Magic School Bus series on PBS. After airing for 18 years in more than 39 countries, it is the longest-running kids’ science series.
Did you know that there were even PC games? I did not know about them until writing this post. Wouldn’t that be neat if they were updated for the game consoles that exist today?
In addition to watching the updated Netflix animated series, children can join The Magic School Bus Science Club. Developed by Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators, the club offers monthly kits that are delivered to your doorstep. The kits follow a new theme each month and include colorful manuals and fun experiments that are designed for students Grades 1-5. Instructions are also provided for adults so they can assist children with experiments. Children will also have an opportunity to explore more about each of the science themes by participating in the online clubhouse.
Did you enjoy reading or watching The Magic School Bus series? What was your favorite field trip with Ms. Frizzle?