Educational Entertainment That Fits in Your Pocket
- What: PBS Kids
- When: 12 months and up
- Why: Entertaining, portable, and educational
- Where: Amazon or any phone or browser
PBS Kids has saved me more than once, and I don’t mean by turning on the TV. If you’re familiar with Public Broadcasting Service, then you know the great educational programming they feature that actually appeals to kids, like Daniel Tiger and Super Why. But if you haven’t visited their website, you’re missing out on half or more of the fun and learning.
Unlike their television shows, (which do pause for kids to shout out answers), the website features interactive games and books. They suit kids’ comprehension levels, whether that means toddlers just figuring out screens and how to manipulate them or older kids learning academics like reading and math.
I forgot to pack bedtime books on a recent trip. Luckily, we had wireless, so I went to the website and pulled up four Daniel Tiger selections, where my kids could touch the screen to turn the pages and make Daniel say “Oooga moooga” and reach out for a hugs. That got me through three nights and instead of complaining about the lack of reading material, they all begged for more.
I’ve also downloaded their free Games app for use on long flights, and the myriad games have bought me at least an hour per kid. They have tons more selections for particular interests, from Dinosaur Train, Wild Kratts, and Sesame Street, to Peg + Cat, and Ready Jet Go!, just to name a few. Most of the character specific apps will run you a few bucks, but the generic Games and Video apps cost nothing.