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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.
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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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, naming, storytelling
Math: grouping, patterns, shapes
Science: animals, astronomy, weather
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: hypothesis-testing, making conclusions, solving puzzles
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: June 20, 2018
- Category: Kids' Games
- Topics: Dinosaurs, Adventures, Book Characters, Wild Animals
- Size: 64.60 MB
- Publisher: PBS KIDS
- Version: 1.15.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later, Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: April 22, 2021
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