PBS Kids Games

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Free fun with familiar characters and learning games.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn basic information about weather, sea creatures, patterns, shapes, painting, and tools, among other things. They can also practice strategy, build reading skills, and test out their theories. The app is meant to be dynamic, with new games being added, so the body of learning will grow over time. Overall, PBS KIDS Games is a solid, free selection of learning games featuring your kids' favorite PBS Kids characters.

Ease of Play

Most games have clear instructions and easy-to-use controls. A few have either minimal or no instructions or incorrect instructions (such as "hold down your mouse button to aim and let go to release").

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Small link (for "Grownups") on the screen that leads to links to more apps and information about the local public television station. There is one other more prominent link that encourages kids to download the companion video app.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PBS Kids Games is a collection of games from the PBS Kids website. There are more than 25 educational games from popular PBS Kids franchises (Arthur, Dinosaur Train, Super Why!, Cyberchase, and more). Some games, such as the Cyberchase-based Railway Heroes, include voice instructions, visual cues, and closed captions for multiple accessibility options. Games vary in age-appropriateness from early preschool to early elementary, so kids may need some guidance in choosing which games to play. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJenny S. January 24, 2018

it's fun and i think kids will love it (I know that when I was young I loved it)

i think that all children should be able to go on this site to play and watch videos that help them to learn i also think that you should watch what your child/... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJoe J. January 2, 2017

Good, especially for young kids

i'll admit I've been on here a few times and played some of the games, but their not bad.

What's it about?

PBS KIDS GAMES includes more than 25 games with popular PBS Kids characters. Kids can help Elmo sneak past chicken guards to find the cookies, team up with Super Why to sort out the jumbled books, join some Dinosaur Train friends as they race down the river collecting bugs, help a mama rhino and the Wild Kratts team protect the baby rhino, and imagine a choose-your-own-adventure-style story with Daniel Tiger. There's plenty to do for kids with a range of interests and abilities, including pattern and shape matching, racing, strategy, music, and more.

Is it any good?

This mini-game collection will entertain and hopefully educate preschoolers for hours on end with some of their favorite animated TV personalities. For kids who are familiar with the PBS Kids website, PBS Kids Games isn't going to offer a lot of surprises: The games are all ported over from the website. But kids will care more that the mini-games are varied, giving a bit of time to each of the many popular characters in the PBS Kids family. Parents can appreciate that the content is kid-friendly and always has an educational message built in. Sometimes the educational content is a bit heavy-handed, and sometimes it's not explicit enough, but the overall effect is positive. It's definitely a great choice for preschoolers, especially since the whole thing is free.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some types of screen time are "better" than others. What do you like about PBS Kids Games? Would you choose this over other apps?

  • Talk about commercial brands in games. Which characters do you recognize in the games? Do you think the games are more fun because you recognize the characters? Would you still want to play if they were completely new to you?

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