Back to School!

Celebrate at Lakewood Elementary with the BACK TO SCHOOL game! Arthur has new responsibilities helping Mr. Ratburn, and making sure the kindergarteners have a smooth transition to their new school.

Take care of classroom chores, hand out invitations, retrieve library books, and help everyone navigate the busy cafeteria. Along the way, collect decorations for the First Day Dance. Take it from Mr. Ratburn: school is the best place to have fun!

This game was made by Gentry, Nolan, Kal and Kate.

New ARTHUR Games!

The ARTHUR team is excited to share news about three new digital games, all funded by PBS Kids with a research grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative:

  • TOWER OF COWS (D.W.’s favorite game), where players stack cows in a series of increasingly difficult challenges;
  • MUFFY’S PARTY PLANNER gives players the chance to join Muffy in designing parties, paying close attention to the clients’ needs; and
  • KINDERGARTEN HELPERS lets players follow the Elwood City kindergarten kids’ preferences to create a fun school experience for all.

Since launching on the ARTHUR website and in the PBS Kids games app, all three games have garnered over 2 million plays.

The team was Gentry, Dan, Jolin, Nolan, Eric, Lauren, Sophie, Lizzie, Kate, Alan, Kimberlee, Isaac, Li, and Bill.

Peep’s Feet

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Jump! Spin! Jump! Spin! Jump! Spin! Uh oh, don’t get too dizzy! Come dance with Peep and his friends in this silly pattern game.

Children will love helping Peep jump and jive by figuring out what dance moves come next in each repeating pattern. As kids successfully complete each level, the patterns will become more complex and prompt children to select the right move from an even larger selection of icons. Throughout the game, children will also have the opportunity to make different dances by creating their own patterns!

By identifying and understanding basic patterns, children will begin to learn important skills needed for later math proficiencies, such as algebra. Encourage your child to not only watch Peep and his friends dance through the pattern, but to get up and dance along! You can also try finding patterns together at home or in your backyard.

The game is presented in HTML5 in English and Spanish was produced by Laura and the PEEP team.

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Quack’s Snacks

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Launching this week in both English and Spanish is our latest HTML5 game for PEEP. Supporting our curriculum about thee way things move, this game uses combination of ramps, springs, and bouncy tires to let kids design a system that delivers a berry from Chirp to a very hungry Quack.

With a never ending supply of berries, children are able to modify and test different systems as many times as they want, even if they have already successfully completed the level. As players become more familiar with how objects move and interact with one another in the game, they may discover multiple ways to maneuver a berry to Quack.

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The PEEP digital team has been led by Laura and includes many more.

Mangroovin’ and Digging It


With retro naming, Plum Landing recently launched two deeper dives into our enviro-sci curriculum with a brace of new HTML5 games. MANGROOVIN’ is set in the mangroves of Belize and places kids in the role of a baby grouper fish, finding safe haven in the mangrove roots from sharks and diving herons. In CAN YOU DIG IT?, set in the Australian desert, a bilby searches at night for food while avoiding predators like dingos, foxes, and swooping eagles.


Thanks to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for funding and to the Plum team for its work.

Badges to Get Families Outside

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Plum Landing’s brand new Outdoor Adventures feature just launched. It offers kids a choice of 12 outdoor missions which they draw and describe for publication on the site.

Every submission wins a custom digital badge for its creator and each logged-in user can save their image and their badges.

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The site launched a couple of days ago and already has had nearly 2,000 submissions.

The drawings are completed with the newly updated version of out HTML5 drawing tool.

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The badging team includes Melissa, Bill, Tara, Dan, Kit, Stefan, Sylvia and Marisa.

More Martha

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Martha’s gone mobile! We’ve just launched a redesigned mobile site with 5 games, a video player for watching even more Martha and a direct link to the complete set of Martha’s True Stories! So, whether you want to check out a video, play hide & seek with puppies or find out all about the invention of gum, Martha’s got you covered where ever you go.

WHAT? You can play hide and seek with puppies? You bet! in Martha’s latest game, Martha Seeks, you’re on the hunt with a pack of puppies looking for some seriously yummy buried treats.

Speaking of treats… in case you missed it, earlier this summer Martha got to design her own game! It’s called, Martha’s Steaks. Where else could you fulfill Martha’s doggy dreams by helping her friends leap, glide and somersault to catch treats in a side-scrolling skyscape full of meaty goodness?

And who gets the reward snacks? Meet the teams:

Martha Seeks: Bharat, Belinda, Jeff, Katie, Laura

Mobile: Tara, Kal, Gentry, Bharat, Dennis, Laura

Martha Steaks: Bharat, Fran, Belinda, Karina, Laura

Backyard Adventures in HTML5

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D.W. & Bud’s Backyard Adventure

Join D.W. and Bud on their Backyard Adventure as they make their way past trap doors, sliding walls, and lots of other obstacles… including snakes (why did it have to be snakes?). It’s an epic platformer adventure in which players invoke our characters’ powers of imagination, collaboration, and problem solving. D.W. and Bud need to work together to collect all the statue pieces and put them back together!

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Look out for hidden idols…

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The Backyard team: Gentry, Jeff, Dennis, Dan, Alan, Vanessa, Evan, Bill, & Belinda