As the memories of swimming pools, sand castles, and popsicles start to fade for many kids this summer, PBS KIDS wants help kids get excited for the new school year! PBS KIDS has the perfect tools to help prepare kids for back-to-school and a new season of learning.
Below are PBS KIDS’ top apps for back-to-school and you can find more information at PBS KIDS mobile site.
Practice addition and subtraction skills with your favorite pair of brothers – the Kratts! With Wild Kratts Creature Math ($1.99 – iPad) kids will learn both math and science skills, as well as fun facts about animals across the world.
Creature Math helps children practice addition and subtraction as they create their very own animal habitat, filled with cool creature pals! While building homes and planting food items for animals like Spartacus the Moose and Torpedo the Peregrine Falcon, kids also learn valuable ecology/science concepts, in the tradition of the Kratt brothers brand.
Featuring eight different animals, your child will be kept busy for hours caring for their animals and habitat. With dozens of hilarious animations and loads of fascinating nature facts, practicing math and learning about the interaction between animals and their environment has never been so fun!
Oh, we almost forgot…be sure to look out for Gourmand, the villainous chef, who delights in secretly stealing food items from your creature pals. Get your pals to chase him away!
- Automatically adjusts math difficulty as player’s proficiency increases.
- Add multiple animals of any type for increased creativity and personalization.
- 16 different home types and food items.
- Pal Screen lets user to pet and feed animal pals at any time.
Make everyday experiences interactive with Play at Home with Daniel ($1.99 – iOS, Nook, Kindle, Android). Parents can even join on the fun as kids visit the doctor, get ready for bed, and more with Daniel Tiger!
Meet Daniel Tiger, PBS’s newest neighbor. Playing is learning as you explore bedtime, music, bathtime and play pretend doctor at Daniel’s house.
With this app children have the chance to play about some of Daniel’s everyday experiences – experiences that might be a lot like theirs. And as they play, young children will be learning a little bit more about their place in the world. You’ll be learning too – about your child – when you talk, listen and play together.
Play Doctor Daniel with the instruments that doctors use. When children play about being the doctor, they’re in charge. That can make it easier to manage when they have to be the patient.
Help Daniel get ready to go to sleep – and your children can be thinking about their own bedtime routines and the things that help them at bedtime.
In Daniel’s Bathroom
Wash, brush and flush with Daniel and play about and practice bathroom routines.
Children can have fun making up their own stories as they play with dozens of stickers in Daniel’s house and Neighborhood.
Focus on vocabulary and reading with Sid the Science Kid Read & Play ($3.99 – iPhone, iPod, iPad). Kids can read, color, and sing along with this educational storybook!
Sid the Science Kid Read & Play is packed with stories and fun activities aimed at developing early science exploration. It features two story books, jokes, games, sing along music videos, coloring pages and more!
Story books and activities include:
“The Trouble with Germs”:
Follow along as Sid discovers why he has to wash his hands to get rid of germs. While Sid can’t see them, his mom shows him a picture through a powerful microscope to show him that those itty bitty things do exist and can make him sick.
“What’s That Smell?”:
Sid finds out that smells, while invisible, are molecules that can pass through the air even without wind. That’s what allows him to smell his dad’s favorite pancakes, flowers and even his baby brother’s Zeke’s diaper (ewwww!).
Sing Along Music Videos:
Parents and children can sing along to songs from the show!
Choose different scenes to color and save to share with friends and family or print out.
In this fun interactive game, practice what you know about senses by identifying traits of different objects based on how they feel, smell, sound and look.
Select from three separate scenes with different objects and characters for little ones to build their own scene. They can be saved to the photo album as well to share with friends and family.
Spot the Difference:
What’s different in each image? Choose from two different scenes to see if you have an eagle eye and can spot what’s different between each image.
Choose from Read to Me, Read to Myself and Auto Play.
ABOUT THE APP
Sid Read & Play was developed by zuuka in partnership with PBS KIDS and The Jim Henson Company, the producer of the groundbreaking TV series Sid the Science Kid. The series, which airs weekdays on PBS KIDS, uses comedy to promote exploration, discovery and science readiness among early learners. Find all things Sid, including videos, songs, games and activities at pbskids.org/sid.
Plus, check out the PBS KIDS Photo Factory app to capture first day of school memories – with your favorite PBS KIDS characters!