PBS Kids Stop & Go Potty with Daniel Tiger

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This month PBS KIDS launched Daniel Tiger’s Stop & Go Potty, an app that encourages kids to practice positive bathroom routines at the potty and at the sink. Inspired by potty-related stories from the series and the effective related musical strategies featured in DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD, such as the “Stop & Go Potty” song, the new app helps kids practice stopping their play when Daniel Tiger and his friend have to go to the potty.  I sure wish we had this when my daughter was learning how to how to be potty trained.  I hadn't realized how stressful it can be on both the parent and child!  Luckily, she never used her Elmo potty we got her and learned on the "big person toilet."  I say thankfully because I could never figure out how best to clean that little one out correctly.  It seemed like a no win situation because any way you looked at it, it was going to be a yucky … [Read more...]

Talk Like a Pirate Day Giveaway!

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  It is one of our favorite times of the year - yes, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is this Saturday the 19th and we are hoisting a pirate booty giveaway!  We appreciate all of you and the support you have shown over the years!  We couldn't have done it without you!   Hope your weekend is filled with pirate talk with ye mate's!     This pirate treasure includes for one lucky mate: Penelope the Purple Pirate signed copy PBS Kids Pirates Ahoy! DVD Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate Music DVD's (2) and music videos disc Penelope Poster Pirate Treasure from Disneyland Disney Parks Authentic Pirate Pin $25 Disney Gift Card Code for The Day I Became a Pirate       Code for Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Treasure Island           Yo ho yo ho it's a … [Read more...]

Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighbhorhood

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This week PBS KIDS announced the launch of Explore Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a new app based on the hit series DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD.  Come see and explore Daniel Tiger's neighborhood in this fun new app.   We just love Daniel Tiger for many reasons!  I love how he and his friends help kids learn about the world around them in such a playful way! The new Explore Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood app is designed for kids ages 2-5, and extends the series’ social-emotional curriculum by encouraging open-ended, imaginative play. Bringing the neighborhood directly to your fingertips, the app allows kids to visit familiar places and create stories about their friend Daniel Tiger. If your children like Daniel Tiger, they will get a kick out of visiting the neighborhood and playing in the music store, at the doctors, and even decorate a cake at the bakery.  Warning: this … [Read more...]

THE KRATT BROTHERS ARE ON THE MOVE IN NEW WILD KRATTS DVD “SUPER SPRINTERS”

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  THE KRATT BROTHERS ARE ON THE MOVE IN NEW WILD KRATTS DVD “SUPER SPRINTERS”   “WILD KRATTS: SUPER SPRINTERS” Available from PBS Distribution June 23   PBS KIDS Series WILD KRATTS Helps Kids Learn Science  by Exploring Animals and Their “Creature Powers”    In "Wild Kratts: Super Sprinters", the Kratt brothers are on the move as they learn about two of the fastest creatures in the world: the cheetah and the Peregrine falcon. In each episode, Chris and Martin Kratt take kids and their families on extraordinary animal-themed adventures!  The Kratt Brothers are always on the move, and in this DVD, that is never truer! In “Cheetah Racer,” Chris and Martin think that cheetahs can travel faster than any other creature or vehicle over the rough African savannah, but Aviva and archenemy Zach Varmitech challenge this and compete to build a ground racer that can travel … [Read more...]

PBS Kids and DK Publishing Focus on School Readiness

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  While the school year may be coming to an end, parents know that learning needs to continue through the summer months to make the transition back to school all the smoother come fall. I know that the summer slide is something that many parents are concerned with!  Research shows that reading just six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. (Source: Scholastic.com).   PBS KIDS and DK Publishing have joined forces to release three new games and books focused on school readiness. Together, PBS KIDS and DK Publishing incorporate everyday items into these educational products to make the learning experience more realistic and relatable for kids. New products include:   “Get Ready For School Games: Color Match” is designed for kids to practice key skills of recognizing colors, matching colors, and more. “Get Ready For School … [Read more...]

WordGirl Word Up! May Issue Celebrates Mother’s Everywhere!

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    We've been enjoying WordGirl for a few years now! I love how this educational and fun program teaches children new words plus how best to use them in a sentence.  Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and WordGirl, Scholastic Media’s Emmy-winning animated series on PBS KIDS, is getting ready to celebrate moms from coast-to-coast! In celebration of Mother's Day is the May issue of WordGirl’s Word Up!, your source for word-powered tips, activities and all things vocabulary!  Download it today for some fun activities to do with the kids - all in celebration of moms everywhere!      And if you want to check out our interview with the creator of WordGirl, Dorothea Gillim, go here.  She currently is the Producer one of our favorites PBS Kids shows - Curious George!  She said it is interesting to produce a show where the main character doesn't … [Read more...]

Celebrate Earth Day with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood on April 20th

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      Earth Day is right around the corner and a special nature-themed episode of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the top-rated series from The Fred Rogers Company, will premiere on Monday, April 20, on PBS KIDS (check local listings) – just in time to celebrate the big day on Wednesday, April 22!     It’s important to foster an appreciation for nature and the environment around us with your little tigers and help them learn how to take good care of the Earth. Below are some tips inspired by Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood to share with your family to make Earth Day a very special day.     Be an explorer! – As the weather gets warmer, go on a nature walk with your child – even if it’s just in your own backyard! On the walk, ask your child what they see in the environment and have them make some observations, including … [Read more...]

Anytime is a great time to explore the outdoors!

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  This spring, PBS Kids kicks-off its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative, which encourages families to shake off the winter chill, go outside and discover nature.  The fun began last week, April 6th with brand new themed on-air programming and online and mobile content.  In addition, PBS stations across the country will be hosting local community educational activities to extend the exploration beyond the screen. PBS KIDS Explore the Outdoors will include new episodes from science and nature-based WILD KRATTS and DINOSAUR TRAIN.  Outdoor-themed episodes from a variety of PBS KIDS programs will also air throughout April (be sure to check your local listings). As part of the PBS KIDS VIP program, we were sent a Explore the Outdoors package (we have one for a giveaway!) that we used the other to do our own adventuring around the neighborhood.  Here are some ideas to get … [Read more...]

Curious George Swings into Spring Special Airs March 30th!

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  One week from today, Curious George kicks off the start of spring with the one-hour “Curious George Swings into Spring” special, followed by two new episode premieres later in the week.   In these new adventures, George does everything from mending a broken costume for Chinese New Year to exploring the great Amazon!  One of my favorite things about Curious George is how he teaches our kids about the world around them!  And all of this is done by not speaking - pretty remarkable really!  Check out our interview with the Executive Producer, Dorothea Gillim, who also is the creator of the beloved WordGirl! She said in our interview that " it is interesting working on a show where the main character doesn’t speak, but  the experience has been great and a real challenge."   Building on the series’ curricular focus, the episodes integrate science, … [Read more...]

Get READY TO BOOGIE with “PEG ROCKS” Giveaway

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Get READY TO BOOGIE with “PEG ROCKS,” a New MUSICAL PEG + CAT DVD    Available March 3, the New DVD Features 23 Catchy Tunes, Including “I Do What I Can” and “We’re The Pentagirls!”   Emmy Award-Winning PBS KIDS Series PEG + CAT Helps Kids Build Math and Problem-Solving Skills   PBS Distribution announced that it is releasing seven stories from PBS KIDS’ popular PEG + CAT series on the new DVD “PEG + CAT: PEG ROCKS,” available starting March 3. Solving problems is even more AWESOME when music is involved! This new toe-tapping DVD features fun-filled musical escapades, including “The Girl Group Problem,” in which Peg’s girl group, the Pentagirls, has its biggest show ever, and “The Mega Mall Problem,” which features Peg and Cat searching the mall for the teens, so they can all enter the Zebra Guy dance contest! Each PEG + CAT adventure features a story in which Peg and Cat … [Read more...]