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Free PBS Kids Apps Spark Growth and Imagination

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We all know that PBS KIDS is the No. 1 educational media brand for kids, hands down. But did you know that they offer interactive content, such as PBS KIDS video player and more than 40 mobile apps that help support children’s learning?  

While it may be challenging to find affordable educational apps for kids, PBS KIDS has over half of its app line-up completely FREE. It gets even better; these apps don’t have in-app purchases or other hidden charges. That’s right, their only mission is to help you and your family engage and enjoy their devices together and help support young learning.  

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PBS Parents Play & Learn 

(iPhone, iPad, iPod, Nook Tablet, Kindle Tablet, Android Tablet and phone)

Designed specifically for parents to play along with their kids, this game offers interactive real-life themes, such as “In the Garden,” “At the Grocery Store,” “At Home” and “In the Kitchen,” among others. These everyday activities provide parents teachable moments while improving their child’s math and literacy skills.

 

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PBS KIDS Super Vision™ 

(iPhone, iPod & more to come)

Designed specifically to provide parents with “super powers” to engage with their kids in the digital medium as never before: PBS Kids Super vision.  This first-of-its-kind tool allows parents to see what their kids are watching, playing and learning on PBSKIDS.ORG, and helps them make the most of their children’s PBS KIDS screen time; all accessed conveniently through mobile phones anytime, anywhere.

 

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PBS KIDS Video (U.S. Only)

(iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android, Android Tablet & Kindle Tablet)

Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere.“PBS KIDS Video” features more than 1,000 videos from over a dozen top PBS KIDS television series, including “Curious George,” “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!,” “Dinosaur Train,” “Super Why!,” “Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood,” “Sesame Street” and “Wild Kratts.” 



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“Martha Speaks” Story Maker 

(iPhone, iPod, & iPad)

Martha, the beloved family dog, was accidently fed alphabet soup, which magically gave her the power of speech and the chance to speak her mind to anyone that will listen. With “Martha Speaks” Story Maker you can make eight different interactive stories with Martha, who reads the story you’ve just made. Your stories will be saved in your library to re-read anytime you like. You can also test out all the new vocabulary you’ve heard in your stories! 

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“Cyberchase” 3D Builder

(iPad, Kindle Tablet, Android Tablet, Nook Tablet)

This 3D Geometry game features Buzz and Delete from “Cyberchase” as they help rebuild the town by turning 2D shapes into 3D structures.  This game helps develop spatial reason skills and helps to visualize and manipulate objects in 3-dimensional space.



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“WordGirl” Superhero Training

(iPad, Kindle Tablet, Android Tablet, Nook Tablet)

In PBS KIDS’ “WordGirl” app, kids train to be a superhero alongside Captain Huggy Face, WordGirl’s most trusted ally. Users can create their own superhero avatars and face off against WordGirl’s most famous villains in a series of exciting games.

These streamlined apps pack exciting fun, challenging levels and help spark imagination for kids of all ages. Activate your child’s imagination today and visit the app store to download these and other great games and resources. For more information and a full listing of our parent resources, visit aetn.org/parents.


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Author Will Oldham is an intern at AETN and Broadcast Journalism major from the University of Central Arkansas.