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PBS Labs Offers Edutaining Games, Activities, Apps, and More

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

PBS KIDS Lab logoThere’s no doubt PBS KIDS is great at entertaining and educating (“edutaining”) young children, and they are continuing to boost children’s development with (free!) new games, activities, and mobile apps at PBS KIDS Lab (www.pbskids.org/lab).

Launched at the end of last year, PBS KIDS Lab seeks to blend the latest technology with 50 games to encourage children’s math skills (numbers, counting, addition, subtraction).  Games are related to popular PBS KIDS shows such as Curious George, The Cat in the Hat, Sid the Science Kid, etc., and further categorized by skills, age (3-5, 6-8), and device. Recently, a Spanish version of PBS Labs was launched (pbskids.org/lab/es), along with new resources and tools for teachers and parents to make learning fun inside and outside the classroom.

What I love best about PBS Labs are the mobile apps (pbskids.org/mobile) associated with some of the games, in particular Fetch! Lunch Rush with Ruff Ruffman. This unique game uses augmented reality, an extension of virtual reality, where objects in the real world (in this case, printout sheets) are recognized by the downloaded mobile app and integrated into the game.  By downloading the app onto an iPad and placing it in front of the printout sheets, kids must figure out how much sushi to order for Ruff’s crew.

But you don’t need an iPhone or iPad to help your kids become math whizzes.  PBS KIDS also offers these simple but fun ways to get kids to love numbers:

  1. When driving in the car, count the trees as you pass by.
  2. Call out street signs and identify their shapes.
  3. Count aloud the seconds it takes for a child to brush his/her teeth.
  4. Cook with the kids; count ingredients.
  5. Play grocery store with household items. Count out the change.

Happy counting!

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Ovarian Tumors May Develop Years After Fertility Therapy
Women who undergo ovarian stimulation to produce extra eggs for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) are at increased risk for a type of growth known as “borderline ovarian tumors,” new research suggests.

Parents Arrested After Giving Away Toddler
A Cleveland couple faces child endangerment charges after giving away their neglected 2-year-old girl, authorities said.

In High Schools, a Critical Lens on Food
A new series of courses at 15 New York City high schools is aiming to make students aware of the politics, marketing and demographics of the food industry.

U.K. Scientists Grow Super Broccoli
British scientists unveiled a new breed of broccoli that was specially grown to contain two to three times the normal amount of glucoraphanin, a nutrient believed to help ward off heart disease.

52 Percent of Kids Under Age 8 Have Access to Mobile Media
52 percent of all children 8 and younger have access to mobile devices at home like a smartphone, video iPod, iPad or other tablet, according to Common Sense Media, a nonprofit group that studies children’s use of technology.

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