Do you think you have what it takes to be the NEXT top builder?! Design Squad Nation is looking for the next Top Builder! Design Squad Nation is a PBS reality television series that is geared towards getting kids excited about engineering and to inspire viewers to take on their own hands-on engineering activities. The high-drama reality and high energy show is led by two professional engineers, Judy and Adam, who have both worked with kids around the world to make their wishes come true through engineering. Check out the Design Squad Nation website here to watch videos and play games.
The Top Builder : Rubber Band Power Challenge is looking for the next top builder/engineer, who can create a project or design something that is powered by rubber bands; that will launch something, power something, or make something move. Keep in mind that the project must include rubber bands but you are not limited to the kinds of materials that can be used in this challenge, so feel free to be as creative as possible! To get started on your project you can check out these really cool rubber band activities here for inspiration. Also, check out this video to watch Deysi make her own rubber- band power vehicle, and to sign up for the challenge. To enter the Rubber Band Power Challenge you will need to sign into your account or create an account with PBS KIDS . After you log in to your account you will need to submit a photo of your design (Please don’t include yourself in the photo—designs only!) on or before May, 1, 2014. The builder with the most votes will earn a very special sticker they can use on the Design Squad website.
PBS KIDS just recently announced the launch of a new mobile friendly website based on our very own Arthur called,“Arthur Family Health.” The website is designed to assist parents and educators with talking to their kids about important health related issues ranging from asthma, food allergies and nutrition, to fitness and resilience. The website builds on the eighteen-year history of addressing challenging topics while making it kids friendly and understandable for kids. We know that dealing with your kids’ health can be challenging at times which is why Arthur and his friends are here to help!
Each section of the Arthur Family Health site contains interactive contents that include: tips, games, videos, and background information on the topic. Kids have the option of playing a Lung Defender arcade game that shows the lungs function during an asthma attack, and other health issues related games. All of the resources provided on the website were reviewed by health experts from US medical institutions such as, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. It is important to keep in mind that the new website is for informational purposes on the health issues listed and is not a substitute for independent medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Check out the NEW Arthur Family Health website HERE.
Educational researchers have found that there is a strong correlation between reading and academic success. Reading skills are critical for children’s development! Here at WFSU we offer The Super Why Summer Camp program, which is a three week long program that targets children between ages 4-6, who have difficulties with reading .To help kids practice key literacy skills, we incorporate a lot of fun activities such as, body movement exercises, interactive literacy games, and branded music! This approach has been a huge success in the past as kids tend to take a liking to it!
PBS KIDS also really want kids to have a complex vocabulary as it is a good indication on whether they will be good readers in the future. To help with building a strong vocabulary you can always tune in to Martha Speaks. Martha Speaks is a really cool animated series on PBS KIDS that target viewers between the ages of four and seven. The main objective of Martha Speaks is to help kids reading comprehension skills by introducing them to new words in each series. Check out these real cool activities and games!
We all know that studying can be boring and dreadful at times, especially if the material is not interesting! Tired of sitting at a desk for more than 30 minutes to study! Spice things up a bit by incorporating your favorite children songs! Music is a really cool and fun strategy to use when studying for a test or preparing for anything that requires memorizing. Turning study notes into lyrics will enhance the memory capacity. Think about your favorite children songs and the way the lyrics still sticks in your mind and roll off your tongue years later. Most of us know all the lyrics to our favorite songs because we enjoy singing it or just like the way it sounds! “Row Row Row your boat gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream.” Simply replacing your favorite song lyrics with notes the next time you study will make the process much more enjoyable! Check out these famous children songs http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/games/songs/childrens/. Feeling inquisitive? Also, check out SID the Science Kid songs and other cool games and videos here
Eating healthy is very important in everyday dietary. PBS KIDS encourage kids and parents to eat healthy .Eating healthy will help you feel at your best , have plenty of energy, and it will also help you deal with stress better. It is important to encourage kids at a young age to practice healthy eating habits because it makes them grow into healthy confident adults. Eating healthy can also prevent and control many health problems, such as: Heart disease, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, and cancer. How do you get started on eating healthy? Well….First you have to START! Healthy eating habits develop by replacing foods with lots of fat, salt and sugar, and replacing it with fresh fruits and vegetables! Keep these tips in mind when shopping for Healthy Food! Aim for balance- too much of one thing is never good, try to eat from each food group. Look for Variety- Don’t be afraid to switch things up sometimes and try a new fruit or vegetable, Do Not Starve Yourself- This is a mistake that many people tend to make; eating healthy does not mean you can’t eat a balance diet…YES you can still eat your favorite candy! Just make sure this is done in MODERATION. Check out your local Whole Foods Market to shop for organic food. Here are some fun, creative tips to add more fruit and vegetables to your child’s diet :
1.)Top a bowl of whole grain cereal with a smiley face: banana slices for eyes, raisins for nose, peach or apple slice for mouth
2.) Create a food collage
3.) Keep lots of fresh fruits and veggies washed and available as snacks instead of chips.
4.) Have your kids pick out new fruits to try to make it more interesting.
5.) Present the food as a game or cut the food into unusual shape.
Getting your child involve in extracurricular activities can affect their academic performance in school. It also helps kids with time management, relieving stress, and builds self-confidence. Extracurricular activities such as basketball, choir, and chess clubs have been proven to have positive impacts on kids’ success in and outside the classroom! It is also another way to stay active and in shape. “When parents promote fitness as an important family value, preschoolers are more likely to remain active throughout childhood—even as many of their peers turn to television shows and computer games,” says Michelle May, who is an advisor to the American Academy of Family Physicians’. Exercising can be very boring if done the wrong way. Here are some tips to make things more interesting. 1.) The key to making exercise more interesting is finding something you enjoy doing so it forces you to do it. 2.) Make it a family event by blasting your favorite music and dancing with your kids, 3.)Play video games with your kids that requires moving around, 4.)Make a deal with yourself and kids to watch your favorite PBS show as a reward after working out. Following these tips will make you well on your way to living a more active life! Check out your favorite PBS shows here.
THOMAS AND FRIENDS TO THE RESCUE themed shows will be held on March 17-21st including two brand new episodes! Thomas and friends have proven to be a sufficient resource that attracts huge number of kids! The new Thomas sites launched on August with 1.5 million total streams that month, and have been averaging over 1 million per month since. The total streams for all mobile platforms combined have averaged 10.6 million per month. Still can’t get enough of Thomas and friends? Check out the two new games Many Moods and Engine Repair.You can also catch cool new episodes and old episodes of Thomas and Friends.
Tune in to PBS KIDS on February 10th for All New Episodes of Curious George! Curious George is an animated television series that promotes hands-on exploration, and explains various concepts in math and science. Season 8 premieres with ALL NEW Episodes with special celebrity guest Carol Burnett! Get your family and friends together for this exciting event to Join George on his adventure with Carol Burnett to the toy factory, where he learns all about engineering and how his toys work. Check your local listings here to see when Curious George is on in your town. There will also be two Curious George activities being offered on the DiscoverE’s website.
Are you in desperate need of some good old-fashioned quality time with your kids? There’s nothing more bonding than sitting down at your kitchen table and letting those creative juices flow. A fun way to spend time with your kids is to sit down and make puppets with them. Peg+ Cat is a popular show on PBS KIDS that kids love. Peg + Cat inspires preschool children to see math as exciting, accessible and fun. The show teaches measurement, shapes, and patterns, and a wide range of fundamental pre-math skills. To spice things up a bit you can make Peg + Cat puppet sticks. Don’t know where to start? PBS Parents provides you with sources that walk you through the process step by step. Click here for more information.
“Eating healthier food” is on most people’s lists for starting the new year off right, and many want to spend less time eating out and more time cooking with their families. Crafting dishes that appeal to young and relatively critical eaters can be especially tough. If you don’t know where to turn, look no further than PBS Parents–providing you with top notch resources for the holidays, homeschooling, hat making, and everything in between–and now with Kitchen Explorers. Kitchen Explorers is the place to go for delicious and easy recipes the whole family will love!
Recipes are sorted into 6 categories (breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, birthdays, picky eaters and snacks) to make your quest for the perfect dish go smoothly. If Ham and Broccoli Noodle Casserole or Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Scones don’t make your mouth water, then there are plenty of other delicious options to choose from.
You can even let your kids play with their food, if it doubles as their math homework! Intrigued? Read more here.