PBS KIDS PLAY!
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this non-commercial site suits a range of developmental ages. Kids don't need to know how to read: All of the instructions are said in voice-over. For the youngest kids, there's shape and color identification. Older kids get early reading and arithmetic skill readiness. The activities adapt based on a kid's progress, so kids don't get stuck playing the same game over and over. Also, there are time-out features so kids don't overdo it (we don't recommend preschoolers surf without parents). Subscriptions are $9.95 a month, $49 for six months, or $79 annually after an initial free incentive period.
What's it about?
PBS KIDS PLAY! is an educational hangout for kids age 3-6 that uses PBS TV characters (Curious George, Mama Mirabelle, The Berenstain Bears, and more) to teach. Through the multi-leveled games, kids can learn a number of age-specific things. There's also a place to customize their room and collect their favorite things around the sites. Parents have to pay a monthly or annual fee.
Is it any good?
PBS KIDS PLAY! benefits kids and parents -- kids obviously learn things and parents can get reports of their kid's progress, set a computer time limit, and easily get information about the learning goals for each game. Yes, it's easy for a kid to get hooked on the cheery site but that's OK in this case: The bold colors, friendly environments, and familiar cartoon faces all make learning fun. And what kids learn -- from matching ingredients in a recipe to identifying objects by color to basic computer and mousing skills -- are all age-appropriate. The limited amount of games is the site's biggest drawback, but updates happen every week so the amount of things to do will increase. The best part: The site keeps track of a kid's progress, and games have three levels; each teaches kids more advanced concepts.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what age is right to use a computer and what are healthy computer habits to get into.
They can also explore why kids like to play games with favorite TV characters.
|Subjects:||Science: animals, plants |
Social Studies: cultural understanding, geography, global awareness
Math: arithmetic, counting, measurement, numbers, patterns
Language & Reading: letter or word recognition, phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary
Arts: music, rhythm
|Skills:||Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, prediction, problem solving |
Emotional Development: identifying emotions, labeling feelings, perspective taking
Creativity: making new creations
|Pricing structure:||Free to Try, Paid|