PBS Kids Lab site offers more than 50 cross-platform games designed to help children ages 2-8 build critical math skills, will offer additions designed to provide support to caregivers and teachers. Additions include bilingual translations of parental instructions and resources like a “Home Activities” section, math tips for families to use in their daily activities and a new blog series with content related to kids and media. The project is part of the Ready to Learn Initiative, a U.S. Department of Education-funded effort that aims to help kids build the skills they need for school success.
“Parents and caregivers play a critical role in supporting their children’s learning,” says Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children’s Media, PBS. “At PBS KIDS our goal is to offer families resources to help make any time a learning time – whether it’s through an online game, or activity ideas that parents and kids can do together while they are out running errands. The PBS KIDS Lab offers parents tools that are flexible to spark their kids’ imaginations and excitement about learning, and to help them build skills for success in school.”
Math has typically been a challenging curricular area for parents and caregivers to help their children better understand. To help parents support their children’s math learning, PBS KIDS suggests introducing number, counting and basic mathematical concepts by adding simple activities to a family’s daily routine such as those listed here. More suggestions can be found on the PBS KIDS Lab site.
- When driving in the car, count the trees as you pass by.
- Call out street signs and identify their shapes.
- Count aloud the seconds it takes for a child to brush his/her teeth.
- Cook with the kids; count ingredients.
- Play grocery store with household items. Count out the change.
“By taking activities that children already enjoy and adding elements of play that foster a better understanding of math, we are bringing mathematical thinking into everyday life in a fun and natural way. The combination of playing games through the PBS KIDS Lab site and then extending the games at home or in the neighborhood helps to create lifelong students of math,” says Debra Sanchez, Senior Vice President for Education and Children’s Content at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The PBS KIDS Lab is free. The PBS Kids Lab site is at pbskids.org/lab.