Reviewed by Wendy
What it is: An educational but fun website for young kids (ages 3 to 5 or so) offering more than 150 games, plus storybooks, printables, videos, recipes and activities. The site offers some of the most popular PBS cartoon characters as themes throughout the various activities.
Brain Benefits: Numerical fluency, problem solving, logic & reasoning, attention, visual processing, auditory processing, memory
What I love: It’s nice that you don’t have to download anything (like apps or software) and the site is really visually appealing.
I’ve developed high expectations for PBS (the makers of “Sesame Street,” “Reading Rainbow,” “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “The Magic Schoolbus”), and they have yet to disappoint me. PBSkids.org is just another reason that parents with young kids can rest assured that there is a balance between fun and education.
Almost all the games are simple enough that a preschooler can figure out how to play or can listen and follow the directions easily enough. I absolutely love the diversity of the cartoon kids on the site!
You can also search for pages based on a TV character, like Caillou, Bob the Builder, Curious George and Sid the Science Kid, just to name a few.
I also like that there are quite a few activities and videos dedicated to science-related matter (e.g., black holes, weather, etc.)
What I would change: Some of the adventures won’t play if you don’t have Adobe Flash installed. Also, I didn’t see any obvious buttons to get to the Spanish versions. (I saw it once and then couldn’t find it again.)