New ‘Coastline Critters’ Episode Reinforces the Importance of Hands-On Learning in Early Childhood Development

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‘Coastline Critters’ Episode Reinforces the Benefits of Hands-On Learning Illustrated by Purdue University Study and Other Leading Researchers and Experts; ‘The Adventures of Scuba Jack’ Series Grooms Children and Parents for Future Academic Success

Since its launch, The Adventures of Scuba Jack series has taken a unique approach to early childhood learning and development by keenly focusing on interactive, multi-dimensional content designed to engage pre-schoolers in the learning process. In “Coastline Critters,” the most recent episode in the series, the creator continues to reinforce the importance of hands-on learning by pairing engaging, educational video with hands-on exercises and activities to boost comprehension and retention and cultivate a love for learning.

According to a study conducted at Purdue University, as well as research by leading educators across the U.S., hands-on learning promotes higher levels of engagement and comprehension and a deeper understanding of concepts. As a result, pre-schoolers exposed to hands-on learning are more likely to excel and become successful learners in kindergarten and beyond.

“As teachers, we can tell our students how to fix a car or we can bring them to a garage to show them how to fix a car – which do you think is better?” said Beth Costanzo, preschool owner and creator of The Adventures of Scuba Jack. “With the advent of the No Child Left Behind Act and other initiatives, educators have become focused on teaching kids to take tests, which promotes rote memorization rather than long-term learning. The hands-on approach is key to not only helping children of all ages boost retention, but also develop a love for learning.”

Newly released “Coastline Critters” is the second episode in The Adventures of Scuba Jack, a groundbreaking series that explores ocean life with the help of a cast of colorful characters. By design, the series delivers engaging, informative and fun content that promotes the processes of exploring, experimenting and inquiring. All episodes are accompanied by nearly 30 craft activities, worksheets and reading materials that can be downloaded free from the show’s website.

The hands-on activities, along with the video, help to increase creativity, skill proficiency, communication skills, independent thinking and reading readiness among pre-school age children. In addition to preparing pre-schoolers for academic success, The Adventures of Scuba Jack series also equips parents with the tools and resources they need to become active participants in their children’s academic development.

“The experiences gleaned during the years before kindergarten greatly impact pre-schoolers’ attitudes toward formal schooling, and form their foundation for future success in education,” said Costanzo. “So it’s extremely important that parents and educators expose children to hands-on learning experiences as early and often as possible to begin charting a course of excellence.”

To purchase “Coastline Critters” or other episodes in the series, and to download the accompanying worksheets and activities, visit The episodes are suggested for children ages 2-6. The website also offers learning activity books, “Dinosaurs”, “Fairies”, “Oceans”, “Pirates” and “Rainforests” as well as other educational products and materials.

A hands-on learning tip sheet and featured craft activity is available to the media for publication. To request a copy, contact Beth Costanzo at 978-491-0747 or

About “The Adventures of Scuba Jack”

Created by Beth Costanzo, owner of a New England-based preschool, “The Adventures of Scuba Jack” is a series of interactive and educational DVDs that teach children valuable scholastic and moral lessons by exploring the wonders of ocean life. Each DVD features a cast of colorful and exciting characters and accompanying worksheets and other curriculum materials to reinforce the content and concepts in the episodes. Since the series’ launch, it has gained popularity among children, stay-at-home moms, daycare providers and preschool teachers. Visit for details and purchasing information.


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