PBS KIDS is launching a slew of new apps for kids age two to eight with hopes of building math skills.
The games revolve around well-known characters and stories, including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, and the Electric Company. Each “suite” of games can be played both at home and at school — on the PBS Kids Lab Web site, on mobile devices, and via Interactive whiteboards. The games — which will add up to more than 40 when they’re all launched — can be sorted by property (such as Curious George) or by age, skill, and device. For parents, the Home Activities link offers suggestions for learning about shapes, counting or spatial sense, for instance, and the Classroom Activities link suggests related games, books, and projects.
“We want to take what children are excited about, like Curious George and add on a layer of education.”
The four suites launched today include The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Curious George, Sid the Science Kid, and Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. In the coming weeks and months, more games, including literacy games related to Super Why and math-related games like Dinosaur Train and Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman will be rolled out.
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