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.

Computational Thinking for Preschoolers: Modularity Activities

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Producers from WGBH and Kentucky Educational Television and researchers from EDC have been collaborating on the research and development of brand-new computational thinking activities for preschoolers! These fun hands-on activities and apps (not yet published) were all created as part of a research project funded by the National Science Foundation called Integrating Computational Thinking into Mathematics Instruction in Rural and Urban Preschools.

 

Preschoolers can learn modularity and math through these fun activities:

Picnic Packer
Children work together to pack a (pretend) picnic lunch.

Animal Song
Children work together create a song with different animal sounds.

Make a Counting Book
Children create a counting book by breaking down the big job of making a book into smaller jobs.

Plan a Party
Children organize a (pretend) party with cake, balloons, and decorations.

Break It Down
Children put small dances together to make a bigger dance. Get a glimpse of the modularity app in development.


See how these activities are part of a larger computational thinking preschool curriculum in this Teacher Guide.

CT Teacher Guide

CT Standards

 

© 2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. Funding provided by the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1640135. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Computational Thinking for Preschoolers: Debugging Activities

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Producers from WGBH and Kentucky Educational Television and researchers from EDC have been collaborating on the research and development of brand-new computational thinking activities for preschoolers! These fun hands-on activities and apps (not yet published) were all created as part of a research project funded by the National Science Foundation called Integrating Computational Thinking into Mathematics Instruction in Rural and Urban Preschools.

 

Preschoolers can learn debugging and math through these fun activities:

Sound Shakers

Children fix sound shakers that don’t make sounds.

Monkey Dance
Children practice a two-step dance and identify mistakes in the teacher’s dance steps.

Monkey Bridge
Children fix a bridge that won’t stand up.

Colorful Caterpillars
Children debug clay caterpillars with colorful patterns.

Road Repair
Children use geometric shapes to fix holes in a road so a car can get across. Get a glimpse of the debugging app in development.

 

See how these activities are part of a larger computational thinking preschool curriculum in this Teacher Guide.

CT Teacher Guide

CT Standards

 

 

© 2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. Funding provided by the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1640135. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Preschool Computational Thinking

Producers from WGBH and Kentucky Educational Television and researchers from EDC have been collaborating on the research and development of brand-new computational thinking activities for preschoolers! These fun hands-on activities and apps (not yet published) were all created as part of a research project funded by the National Science Foundation called Integrating Computational Thinking into Mathematics Instruction in Rural and Urban Preschools.

Not sure what computational thinking means? Computational thinking (CT) is a creative way of thinking that empowers children to use systematic strategies while solving problems or reaching a goal. CT allows children to identify problems/goals and then brainstorm and generate solutions that can be communicated and followed by computers or humans.

CT can be learned at a young age, and it can be practiced in non-programming contexts (in other words, without a computer). CT is not the same thing as coding or computer programming—instead, it’s a stepping stone that can help children learn these important skills when they get older. Practicing CT skills can also benefit children by strengthening their early math skills.

As children do these activities and play these apps, they will be practicing basic math skills, including: counting, one-to-one correspondence, ordinals, sequencing, and identifying geometric shapes. At the same time, they will be learning three core CT skills: sequencing, debugging, and modularity.

Check out the project in this video.

 

© 2019 WGBH Educational Foundation. All rights reserved. Funding provided by the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1640135. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Tell Some Pinkatastic Stories!

 

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What’s sparkly, pinkatastic, and fun to do with your kids or on your own?

The latest digital game from PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC, PINKCREDIBLE STORY MAKER, lets you choose fun and fantastical settings, characters, and props from the WGBH children’s series, and imagine your own pinkcredible adventures starring Pinkalicious, Peter, and their friends. It’s a fun way to practice storytelling and use creativity and imagination.

It’s available on the series website and in the PBS Kids Games App.

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The digital team for this PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC game was Louise, Jolin, Sophie, Becca, Anessa, and Sienna with support from Melissa, Dorothea, Nicole, Anthony, and Kacie.

New Molly Games!

The Molly of Denali digital team is excited to announce the launch of two new games!

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You can find “Alaskan Adventure” and “Veggiezilla” on our new games hub at pbskids.org/molly/games.

In these new games, you can travel by plane to different habitats in Alaska to take photos of the the animals you see to add them to a journal, and you can grow lots of giant vegetables in Trini’s garden–and maybe win first prize at the Alaska State Fair!

The games are currently available on the Molly website, and will roll-out to the Molly of Denali app and PBS KIDS Games App soon!

The talented team that made these games and the new website features includes Becca, Nolan, Amelia, Kit, Eric, Mike, Melissa, Bill, Sienna, and Elizabeth.

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Moonlight Mazes!

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Today sees the launch of the latest ARTHUR HTML5 game, Moonlight Mazes!

Buster and D.W. are visiting the Read family farm, exploring the corn mazes at night. It’s your job to help them collect animals and rocks in each maze, but be careful: the mazes get harder as they go along.

So bring your sense of adventure (and your sense of direction) to explore the quiet wonder of nature at night! And in case you get nervous, rest assured that Buster and D.W. will be with you all the way!

The team includes Jeff (Design) who heads off this week to begin a career in teaching. We’ll miss you and all the great work you’ve done for ARTHUR and so many other projects. We also had Eric (Tech), Elizabeth & Kimberlee (Editorial), Kate (Business Manager), and Gentry (Producer).

You’ll find the game on the ARTHUR web site and in the PBS Kids Games App.

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Molly Goes to the Kennedy Center

PBS KIDS will be demoing our Molly of Denali games as part of the 7th Annual ED GAMES EXPO – a ‘Showcase of Government Supported Educational Learning Games and Technologies.’

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DATE: Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

RSVP: The Expo is free and open to the public. Attendees must RSVP online to gain entry