Sara DeWitt talks about our work on the Ruff Ruffman Show and Curious George Busy Day in “Why some screen time can actually be good for kids” in Axios.
You can’t keep a good dog down. More here.
“Arthur’s Tricks and Treats” combines the thrills of Halloween with systems thinking! Arthur is giving out treats, and it’s the player’s job to help him dole out each trick-or-treater’s requests. Sounds simple? It is! However, what would Halloween be without tricks? Once the scary spiders, spooky ghosts, annoying bats, and eerie power outages appear, it’s a true challenge to juggle everything — but careful planning can help lead to a new high score! Bonus: to be accessible to players of different abilities, this game is self-leveling! The better a player does, the harder the game gets, and vice versa. So give it a try — if you dare…
Arthur’s Tricks and Treats will launch October 20 in the PBS Games App.
Congratulations to the digital team: Gentry, Jeff, Sophie, Alan, Jolin & Hilary.
Everyone’s favorite canine returns this week to star in THE RUFF RUFFMAN SHOW, an all-new short-form animated PBS Kids multiplatform series designed to help kids ages 4-8 learn core science concepts through videos, a new website with digital games, a new photo app, and hands-on activities as part of the Ready to Learn grant program from the Department of Education.
In each video, Ruff, along with his assistants Blossom and Chet, answers questions from real kids, takes on challenges, and learns the value of perseverance—all while modeling science inquiry skills. All 20 videos of the show are available on PBS Kids digital platforms, including the free PBS KIDS Video App and pbskids.org.
The videos roll out on the PBS Kids YouTube channel has begun, and segments from the series are airing on the new PBS Kids 24/7 channel and live stream this fall.
The free app, Photo Stuff With Ruff, is available in the main app stores.
Resources for educators abound at PBS LearningMedia.
Many were involved including Carol, Marcy, Jess, Nicole, Mia and Deb on the animation side with many more on the digital side: Bill, Melissa, Kit, Tara, Anessa, Elizabeth, Gentry, Louise, Jesse, Stefan, Sophie, Elles, Carlyn, Jolin, Kal, Colin, Kevin, Jay, Ken, Carl, Alan, Glen Berger, and Jim Conroy.
The votes are in for our latest Top Builder challenge: benjakov’s DIY instrument is the tops! He used cardboard, rubber bands, a shoe box, pencils, and a paper towel tube to make a guitar. This player’s design earned the most community votes and Top Builder status on the Design Squad Global website.