Sprout Online

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Videos, activities for preschool fans of TV channel's shows.
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Parents say

age 4+
Based on 34 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 31 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn developmental preschool skills like counting, storytelling, solving puzzles, self-expression, and fine motor skills as they watch videos and play games tied to PBS Kids Sprout television programming.  Games that target specific skills are helpfully organized by type in a parents' area. Preschoolers will have endless fun with their favorite TV characters, but games need more substance so that kids' learning sticks.

Positive Messages

In the games, activities, and videos there are positive messages about the importance of family, developing a love of learning, and healthy eating. Also, there are lots of activities here to print out and color or create by hand, sending the message to kids that they can have just as much fun offline.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The site runs ads and promotes PBS shows and characters -- many of which, like Bob the Builder, have become pretty commercialized.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sprout Online is an extension of the PBS Kids Sprout cable channel for preschoolers. Most of the content comes directly from the channel's popular shows, including the videos, but you can upload your own photos and videos here, too. The site is fun and visually notable so that kids won't mind seeing the same stuff online. The games are straightforward enough for most preschoolers to play unassisted after an adult reads the directions to them (though we still recommend sitting with preschoolers at the computer), and there are lots of printables and offline activity ideas like recipes and birthday party ideas.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant and 6 year old Written bybre razo April 17, 2013

noodle bus gives them ideas

it's great for kids they learn
Adult Written bySherriJ 1 January 31, 2016
Teen, 14 years old Written bymz.pooh April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written byjrusb2211 April 8, 2015

chica is awasome

i love it when my brother is watching it

What's it about?

Sprout Online cleanly separates experiences for parents and kids. The kids', or \"Sproutlets\" section is straightforward; kids click \"games\" to play games, or \"videos\" to watch videos. They can also scroll through portraits of characters to select activities by show. A third option, \"Send to Sprout\" lets registered users submit photos and videos of birthday cards or kids making recipes or crafts, which might be displayed online or on TV. \"Send to Sprout\" games allow kids to personalize their play by inserting personal photos into an activity.

Is it any good?

SPROUT ONLINE's content is entertaining and fairly well done for the preschool set. As the companion website to the 24-hour cable channel PBS Kids Sprout (dedicated to preschool kids ages 2-5), young kids will find many of their favorite Sprout characters on this site. But the real stars are the crew from the Good Night Show, as well as old standards like Barney, Bob the Builder, and Thomas the Train. Most of the site's video content is recycled directly from the channel's popular shows. The games section offers simple, age-appropriate activities from almost all of Sprout's shows. Some of the games link off to other sites (often to PBSKids.org), and most require a bit of reading to get started.

Online interaction: Sprout "Mail" allows you to send and receive messages from people that you put on your family’s contact list.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about setting computer time limits so kids, especially in the preschool years, don't spend too much time online.

  • Families can talk about Internet safety so even the youngest kids start becoming aware of good online behavior.

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For kids who love educational fun

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