Small Wonders

GBH Kids has launched Small Wonders, a free app developed for Reach Every Reader, and supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Small Wonders offers families a co-play experience of original games, activities, and songs with embedded prompts to help parents support language development through conversation, a key pre-literacy skill. A special Grown-Ups section also offers language-rich activity ideas and animated dialogues illustrating ways to make the most of the app and to extend learning beyond the screen experience. 

This project began in Fall 2018 and was completed during the pandemic. The app’s approach is based on current research in children’s early language and literacy development and is published by our partners at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, marking their first foray into publishing content for families.

The project involved Children’s Media and Education and Digital Services, including over 30 GBHers as we conducted formative research in public housing, completed extensive prototyping and user testing at HeadStart day care centers and the Boston Children’s Museum, and finalized twelve digital games, four songs, five guide videos, and supporting print materials.

The app is available for free at Apple and Google Play.

We’re Hiring a Designer!

An Associate Digital Designer combines three core Practices

  • Visual Design — the fundamentals of composition, typography, graphic form, color theory, and motion design / kinetic art
  • Experience Design for Children — conceiving an end-to-end experience for kids, mapping out the sequence of game flow in concert with research and engagement goals
  • Design Production — mastery of Adobe Creative Suite and other essential design tools to output deliverables, including wireframes and motion graphics 

… in service of three key Functions

  • Children’s Game Designer — apply educational and/or learning goals to engaging games for kids
  • Web Designer — design for websites, apps, social media, and other digital environments 
  • Graphic Artist — create new graphics, either by manipulating existing or illustrating original art 

Moving Art Machines

George’s Moving Art Machines is live on the ARTHUR website and PBS KIDS Games app.

George’s Moving Art Machines is an extremely flexible HTML5 art tool, allowing endless variations in four themes: shapes, lights, characters, and sounds.

Players select art assets; place, customize, and connect them; then set them in motion to make amazing kinetic art!

This game is unique and a lot of fun, and its quality is a direct result of the tremendous efforts of Gentry, Kal and Nolan.

Search It Up Wins!

For more: https://www.wgbh.org/search-it-up

Our pilot video series Search It Up just won a Public Media Award at the 2021 NETA Conference. “The Public Media Awards honor our members’ finest work in education, community engagement, marketing/communications and content. This year saw a record number of entries from stations across the country as new categories were introduced recognizing excellence in podcasts and digital media use as well as awards in each category specific to the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

An Elwood City Thanksgiving!

Join Arthur, Muffy, Buster, and Mr. Ratburn as they celebrate “An Elwood City Thanksgiving,” a new digital game from PBS Kids. It’s on the ARTHUR website and in the PBS KIDS games app.

Visit the four families, serve up holiday food, and then help with some wonderful family traditions by making a thankfulness poster with Arthur, donating food with Muffy, taking in a traditional Native American harvest with Buster, and baking a delicious cake with Mr. Ratburn.

And don’t forget the family photos! So come visit, and see there’s more than one way to celebrate Thanksgiving.

And “An Arthur Thanksgiving” premieres this Monday on GBH 2 and the PBS Kids Video App! 

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Super Snowboarder

Go snowboarding with Molly and Auntie Midge!

Learn cool new tricks using videos and books, and practice your moves in the Freestyle area in out latest game for Molly of Denali.

Our snowboarding adviser for this game was Callan Chythlook-Sifsof, an Olympic snowboarder and the first Alaska Native to make an Olympic team.

This dynamic HTML5 game is available at both the Molly of Denali website and the PBS KIDS Games app.

Go Team Molly!

Arthur’s Puppet Theater!

ARTHUR’S PUPPET THEATER offers three classic fairy tales designed as interactive stories, all performed by ARTHUR characters. First, choose from three stories: Little Red Riding HoodCinderella, or Goldilocks and the three Bears. Then enjoy the show, with YOU as the director! Cast the actors – Arthur, D.W., Muffy, and Buster – in the roles you want, then lean in to make fun decisions to guide the story.

Would you like a more traditional Little Red Riding Hood, or perhaps the more swashbuckling Little Green Pirate Hat? Do you think Cinderella would prefer the electronically inclined Prince-Bot 5000, or the diva-tastic Prince Megastar? And should a hungry Goldilocks choose the bowls of porridge, tacos, or spaghetti and meatballs? Whichever you decide, there’s more fun right around the corner with more choices. And when you reach “happily ever after,” you can begin again with new choices. So come enjoy some classics as only ARTHUR can deliver!

For ARTHUR’S PUPPET THEATER, GBH worked with Two Moos.