“Da-da-da-da…DOINK…PBS Kids!” This is one of Jack’s all time favorite things to sing. In our house, we love PBS Kids. Many of our days start out watching “Curious George”, “Super Why”, “Dinosaur Train”, or “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That”. Jack loves these shows because they’re cute, funny, and just right for his age. I love these shows because, well…they’re cute and there is educational information hidden in that cuteness. Jack has no idea that while watching “Super Why”, he’s learning his letters and sounds. “Dinosaur Train” teaches him all about different dinosaurs while including his all-time favorite thing in the world – trains.
In April, PBS Kids launched a series of play-along videos for preschoolers on their website. Jack and I were able to try out the “Super Why” and “Dinosaur Train” games. I checked them out first to see how they worked, but when he heard those familiar voices he quickly came running and wanted to play too. The games are great! They consist of video shorts with several interactive opportunities along the way. In “Super Why”, you help to pick the right words and find described objects on the screen. In “Dinosaur Train”, you help decide which fossil piece would be used for certain activities. The games were just right for Jack’s age (he’s 4) and he had fun playing them. In fact, when we were done, he wanted more!
PBSkids.org is a top ranked kids’ site for free streaming videos. Their play-along games are designed to offer educational content supporting childhood development, including social emotional development, artistic expression, language development, and reading skills.
– Kelly, DC
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