Elinor Wonders Why (2020-…): Season 1, Episode 4 - The Science of Staying Warm/The Seed of an Idea - full transcript

It's a wintery Saturday morning and Elinor, Olive and Ari are getting ready to go out and play in the snow with other kids, but Olive wonders why she has to wear so many winter clothes! Then, Elinor becomes fascinated by the Velcro on Ari's new watch and convinces her friends to help her find out how it works.

Are you wondering how healthy the food you are eating is? Check it - foodval.com
♪ Wherever I go ♪

♪ I see things that I want

to know ♪

♪ Wherever I am ♪

♪ I find things I want to

understand ♪

♪ Go and explore ♪

♪ Listen and see ♪

♪ Just follow your curiosity ♪

♪ Elinor Wonders Why ♪

♪ Why do birds sing? ♪

♪ And how do they fly? ♪

♪ Elinor Wonders Why ♪

♪ Why do ants march? ♪

♪ And where do they hide? ♪

♪ There's so much to learn ♪

♪ Wherever you turn ♪

♪ Just listen and see ♪

♪ And follow your curiosity ♪

♪ Elinor Wonders Why ♪

♪ Ask a question ♪

♪ What will you find? ♪

♪ Elinor Wonders Why ♪

♪ Just listen and see ♪

♪ Come and wonder with me ♪


>> What a pretty snowflake!

Hurry, Olive!

It's time to play in the snow!

>> Yeah, and I can't wait to try

my new super speedy saucer sled.

Whoa, that's hard to say.

Super speedy saucer sled.


>> BOTH: Super speedy saucer


Super speedy saucer sled!

Super speedy saucer sled!

>> Okay, I'm ready.

There's no time like snow time!



>> Yay!

>> All right!

>> Olive, Sweetie.

Aren't you forgetting something?

>> Aw Mom, it takes forever to

put all those winter clothes on.

>> True, it takes more time,

but you know it's cold outside.

>> It's okay, Olive.

We'll wait for you.

Right, Ari?

>> Huh?

Oh, uh... yeah.

Sure we will!

>> Come, come now, Olive.

I bet if we work together we can

get you ready in two shakes of a

lamb's tail.

Ready, set...



>> I love it when they do that.



(Olive clearing throat)


>> BOTH: Huh?

>> Sorry I took so long.

It's my winter clothes.

There's kind of a lot of them.

>> That's okay, Olive.

>> You're all ready now!

Come on!

I have a need for saucer sled



>> OLIVE: Wait up, Elinor.

>> Olive, what's wrong?

>> I...

I have to go to the bathroom.


>> Okay, I'm ready.

>> Whoo-hoo!

>> Come on!

>> Yay!


Oh, this snow is perfect!

Are you thinking what I'm


>> BOTH: Snow birds!


>> Ready to look at our snow

birds, Olive?

>> Ready!

>> One, two, three!

Oooh, so pretty!

How's yours, Olive?


>> Uh, help?

>> Huh!

I'm coming, Olive!




My snow bird looks more like

a snow-jellyfish!

I wish my winter clothes weren't

so big and puffy.

>> ARI: Look out below!


How do you steer this thing?!


>> Ari!


>> I think I'm stuck.


>> Are you okay?

>> I'm okay!

But, yeah...

That didn't go exactly as


But I'm gonna try it again.

Wanna come?


>> Come on, Olive.

Let's go sledding!

>> Wait up, Elinor!






>> Uh oh.

Are you okay, Olive??

>> Yeah.

I wish I didn't have to wear all

these winter clothes.

They're so puffy, it's hard to



>> Hmm...

>> There, now I can move.


Oh yeah?

Well, now it's my turn, Javier.

Snowball fight!





(Teeth chattering)

>> Hey Olive, why didn't you

come saucer sledding?


(Teeth chattering)

>> Ahh, that's b-b-b-better.

>> You got really cold out

there, Olive.

>> It's not fair.

How come I have to wear big,

puffy winter clothes when I

go outside?

>> Other kids wear them too.

Look at Bodie.

He's wearing a full snowsuit.


And so is Rollie.

>> Hmm...

But Javier isn't wearing a thick


And neither are Mary or Lizzie.

>> Some of our friends are

wearing lots of winter clothes,

and some aren't.

That is so interesting!

>> I wonder why that is?

>> I don't know.

Wait, I have an idea.

Let's go back outside and find


>> Uh, I think I'll stay inside.

>> Okay, you stay here.

We need more observations!

♪ There's no time

like snow time ♪

♪ When winter time is here ♪

♪ Sliding, gliding,

snowball fun ♪

♪ What a time of year ♪

♪ But when the snow has fallen,

and the lake has froze ♪

♪ Different animals

seem to wear ♪

♪ Different kinds of clothes ♪

♪ Some wear cozy snowsuits ♪

♪ With scarves and mitts

and hats ♪

♪ Others wear their

normal clothes ♪

♪ Like goats and beavers ♪

>> And bats, ahh!

♪ There's no time

like snow time ♪

♪ When winter time is here ♪

♪ Saucer sledding, so much fun ♪

♪ What a time of year ♪

>> BOTH: Whoo-hoo!


>> Well, did you find anything


>> Yes and no.

Some of us wear lots of winter


And some of us wear hardly any

winter clothes at all.

>> Hmm, I know!

Let's make a chart so we can see

what's the same and what's


>> Wearing lots of winter


Not wearing lots of winter


Tell me what everybody is


>> Let's see.

Bodie and Rollie are wearing

full snowsuits.

>> OLIVE: Bodie and Rollie.

Got it.

>> Hmm....

Javier, Mary and Lizzie

are only wearing scarves over

their normal clothes.

>> Javier, Mary and Lizzie.

>> This saucer sled is awesome!

But kinda hard to control.

What are you guys doing?

>> We're trying to figure out

why Olive got so cold.

>> Yeah, some of us need lots of

winter clothes, and some of us


>> Well, you can put me in the

not-so-many winter clothes


I like to let my fur fly free!

>> But we still don't know why.

Wait, fur!

Ari, you have fur!

>> You bet I do!

>> And I have fur too!

And I don't need winter clothes

to stay warm in the snow.

>> But I do!

And I don't have fur.


>> That's it!

Our friends that don't have fur

need winter clothes to stay


Like Bodie and Rollie.

>> And me!

But our friends that do have fur

don't need a lot of winter


>> That's amazing!

Having fur keeps you warm.

It's like having your own

built-in snowsuit!

>> Yeah!

>> That's it!

We figured it out!

>> Yes!



>> I wish I had fur like you

guys so I didn't have to wear

all those wintery clothes.

>> Well, I wish I had a trunk

like you, so I could do that

thing that you and your Mom do.

>> You mean this?



>> Yeah, I love that.

>> I guess we're all just

different, and since I don't

have fur...

I guess I have to wear my winter

clothes to stay warm.

>> What are we waiting for?

Let's get outside before the

snow melts!


>> Whoa!


>> Nice and warm, Olive?

>> Yeah!

>> Are you guys sure?

I still don't know how to steer

this thing.

>> You don't have to.

Follow me!

>> Whoo-hoo!



My snow clothes keep me warm and

they make a path in the snow!

Come on, you guys!

There's no time like snow time!

>> BOTH: Super speedy saucer


Super speedy saucer sled!

Super speedy saucer sled!

>> Yay!


>> Whoo-hoo!



>> I love snow!


>> Brrr, it's so cold out today.

Let's warm up with a nice cup of

hot cocoa and a story.

(Kids cheering)

>> What's today's story, Ms.


>> Today's story is all about

staying warm.

But our story starts in a very

cold place.

Way up in the north, only a few

animals can stay warm.

The polar bear has a very thick

coat of fur to stay warm.

>> One of my friends is a polar


When she visits, she doesn't

even wear a jacket outside.

>> That's right, polar bears

have thick coats of fur on their

skin that let them stay warm on

the ice.

Or even when they swim in

freezing waters.

>> Ms. Mole, why are polar bears

always white?

>> Good question.

Polar bears have white fur so

they can hide in the snow.

>> OLIVE: You can hardly see


>> MS. MOLE: But that's not even

the most amazing thing about

polar bears!

Do you know what colour a polar

bear's skin is underneath all

that fur?

>> I'm pink under my fur.

>> Is it white too?

>> If you look closely, a polar

bear's skin is actually black

underneath the fur!

The thick white fur keeps them

cozy in the snow, and the black

skin underneath helps them soak

up the warm light from the sun.

It's a good thing polar bears

have such special fur and skin.

You won't find a mole like me

swimming in freezing water.

(Kids giggling)


>> Hi!


(Velcro tearing)

>> Huh?

(Velcro tearing)

>> Hmm.

(Velcro tearing)


>> OLIVE: Hi, Elinor!

You look extra curious today!

>> Hi, Olive!

Hi, Ari!

>> Good morning, Elinor!

Are you curious to see something


Check this out!

I have a new watch!

>> Ooh...

>> He's been showing it to

everyone this morning.


>> My parents got it for me.

They said it's to help me stay

on track.

"Watch" this!

>> WATCH ALARM: Time to go to



(Beeping) Eat your vegetables!

>> Oh.

>> Put your pants on!

>> Oh!

>> Hey, sometimes I forget.


Want to see my favourite part?

Look at the watch strap!

(Velcro tearing)

>> Whoa!

>> Okay, class, time to find

our places!


>> Good morning, Ms. Mole!

>> Good morning!

Now, where is my book?


Is this it?

>> KIDS: No!

>> That's a carrot!


>> Oops, you're right!



Hmm, here, okay.

Now this must be my book!

>> KIDS: No!

(Giggling) That's an eraser!


>> Ah... ah...



Is this my book?


>> KIDS: Yes!


>> Now we are ready for the


Today we are going to learn

about nature's ideas.


(Whispering) Ideas...

>> Hmm.

>> MS. MOLE: Nature has solved

a lot of different kinds of

problems and is full of useful


For example...

(Velcro tearing)


(Clearing throat)

>> Nature is full of useful

ideas, like--

(Velcro tearing)

>> (Mumbling) I dunno.


>> Nature is full of ideas


(Velcro tearing)


>> Ms. Mole, this strap is so


You can open it and close it

and open it and close it.

Most of it is soft and fuzzy,

except for this scratchy patch

which sticks to the fuzzy part

of the strap.

The two parts stick together

like tape, but they aren't


>> KIDS: Oh, wow!

>> That is so interesting!

And look!

There's a patch like that on

all sorts of things!

>> ARI: Whoa, whoa, whoa!

>> It keeps Ashley's boots


>> It keeps Mehdi's backpack


And it's on Javier's coat!

(Velcro tearing)

>> You're right, it's on


>> Oof!

>> But I never thought about it


I wonder how it works?

>> Well, Elinor--

>> WATCH ALARM: Time for recess!

Time for recess!

>> Ah, yes.

Thank you, Ari's watch!

It's time for recess!

(Kids cheering)

>> Hmm, how does this work?

How does this scratchy patch

stick to the fuzzy side without

being sticky?

>> Dun-dun-dun!

Sounds like a mystery.

I'll see if we have any books

about it!

>> What about going to recess?

>> And look, the patch also

sticks to other things!

>> Hey!


But it doesn't stick to


>> Huh, that is interesting.

>> Well, I found some fun books,

but none about mysterious

scratchy patches that stick to


>> Or don't stick to things.

That's the mystery!

>> Hmm, I have an idea.

Let's try sticking the patch to

a lot of things, and see what it

does and doesn't stick to.

Maybe that will tell us how it


>> I'll write it down!

Sticks to, doesn't stick to.


>> Okay, let's see.

We know it stick to Ari's


And we know it doesn't stick to

the chair.

>> ALL: Hmm.

>> How about the rug?

>> Rug...

Yes, it sticks!



Olive's trunk...

>> (Giggling) No!

So the patch sticks to Ari's

sweater and the rug.

And nothing else?

>> Hmm...

>> Let's try some things


>> Yeah, good idea!

>> We're going outside!

>> ALL: Recess, yay!


>> Ooh, let's try that tree!




>> ALL: Hmm....

>> We need more observations!

Let's go!

♪ We want to solve

the mystery ♪


♪ Of how this sticks

so stickily ♪


♪ We're going to try it here

and there ♪

♪ And everywhere ♪

♪ When I have a question

I don't know ♪

(Chirping along to the tune)

♪ I look for answers

high and low ♪


♪ We're going to try the rocks ♪

♪ This log ♪

♪ And even this frog ♪

♪ Into the woods

and under the trees ♪

♪ We follow our curiosity ♪

>> Okay, the scratchy patch

sticks to sweaters and rugs,

but not anything else.

>> Hmm, I don't see how it


Do you guys?

>> Uh-uh

>> Nope, it's such a sticky



What's this?


>> These seeds won't come off!

>> ELINOR: Oh...



>> Oooh...

(Tearing noises)

>> Ooh!

>> Phew, thanks!


>> Look, this seed sticks to

Ari's sweater just like the

scratchy patch!

It even makes the same sound!

I wonder...

>> Whoa...

>> The seed also sticks to the

fuzzy part of the strap!

What is this little seed?

>> Look at all those little


>> Is that what makes the seed

stick to the sweater?

It looks like the little

hooks grab the fuzziness of the


>> Hmmm.

The patch on the strap also has

little hooks!

>> OLIVE: They're even tinier.

I hadn't seen them before.

>> Hmm...

Let's take a closer look at the

strap again.

>> Oh, I get it.

>> That's how it works!

It's the tiny little hooks that

make the patch sticky.

But the hooks need something

fuzzy with little loops to grab


>> Yeah!

That's why the patch only sticks

to these fuzzy things, and not

to these other things that

aren't fuzzy.

These things don't have little

loops for the hooks to grab!

>> We solved the mystery!

>> Let's tell Ms. Mole!


Let's go!



>> Whoo-hoo!


>> Ms. Mole, we figured it out!


>> It's the little hooks on the


>> They make the strap stick


>> But the hooks only stick to

things that are fuzzy and have

little loops in them.

The hooks on the patch grab

loops on the fuzzy part and

stick together!

And then...

(Imitates Velcro tearing)


>> My, I smell some clever

little scientists.

I knew you would figure it out!

>> We figured it out by looking

at this spiky seed.

>> Hmm, yes, that's the seed in

my book.

The strap and the seed work the

same way.

Why do you think that is?


>> Did the seed copy the idea

from the watch strap?

>> I think that would be silly.

Wouldn't it?

>> I bet the idea for the strap

came from the seed!

>> That's right!

Georges de Mistral was an

inventor who lived a long time


He loved to go for walks in the

woods, but always came back with

some seeds stuck to his fur

and clothes.

>> ELINOR: It's the same seeds

we found!

>> That's right!

The seed has little hooks so it

can grab on to things and grow

in different places.

>> Georges wondered if he could

use the same idea and make the

hooks and loops himself.

That way, he could get other

things to stick together.

(Velcro tearing)

>> Wow.

Nature really does have some

good ideas, Ms. Mole.

I'm glad we went to explore.

♪ Into the woods

and under the trees ♪

♪ We follow our curiosity ♪


>> Well, I think it's great that

you followed your curiosity

and figured it out yourselves!

>> BOTH: Ah!

>> Yeah, you could say we really

"stuck" with it!