A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
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- Kids say
What's it about?
PBS KIDS, designed for kids 4 and up, is the home base for all of PBS Kids’ offerings. The site features games, videos, and other activities that center on popular PBS live-action and animated show characters such as Noah and Thomas. Rotate the show wheel to choose your favorite character, and you'll be taken directly to their page; you also can browse the site by video or game.
Is it any good?
This educational site for preschoolers shows what PBS does best: provide basic lessons involving favorite PBS TV characters in an easy-to-use format with voice-over instructions. Organized by show, including Caillou and Arthur, there's much to do here, including watching videos, playing games, and printing out activities to do offline. With your help, your kids can play games based on a favorite character, or you can choose certain skills for them to work on, such as letters, numbers, shapes, Spanish, and more. That said, there's so much here that it can be easy for kids to get lost or feel overwhelmed. Kids may need some help and guidance to navigate through what PBS KIDS offers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about all the skills preschoolers learn every day - and which ones are available on PBS KIDS. Even figuring out how to operate the computer mouse is a milestone. Whether it's by watching Sesame Street on television, playing a game online, coloring at preschool, or playing their own make-believe games at home, there are so many ways for young children to grow.
Even the youngest computer users can get used to the idea of computer time limits. Explain to your child why you're setting limits for them and why you want to sit with them while they're first learning how to navigate even a very safe website such as this one.
Take the learning offline and talk to your kids about their favorite shows and games.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, reading, vocabulary
Math: counting, grouping, numbers, patterns, sequences, shapes
Science: animals, measurement, plants
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, solving puzzles
Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, labeling feelings
Responsibility & Ethics: respect for others
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: STEM, Dinosaurs, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Numbers and Letters, Science and Nature
- Award: Common Sense Media Award
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: May 31, 2020
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