Play & Learn App introduces young learners to reading and math

PBS KIDS has launched its first app designed to help parents build early math and literacy skills for children 4 and under.
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PBS KIDS has launched its first app designed to help parents build early math and literacy skills for children 4 and under. The app provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location, such as the grocery store, restaurant or home. The bilingual (English/Spanish) PBS Parents Play & Learn for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch is available for free from the App Store. The app is also available for Android on Amazon, and now on Google Play and on the NOOK Store™.

App Features include:

  • Key math skills introduced include counting, shape recognition and vocabulary, spatial awareness, measurement, mapping, estimation and more.
  • Key literacy skills introduced include letter recognition, phoneme recognition, color recognition, print conventions, rhyming, following verbal directions and more.
  • 13 interactive games for 3- and 4-year-olds themed around a location or activity relevant to a child’s everyday life (e.g. grocery store, restaurant, bath time, in the car, playtime, etc.).
  • 52 hands-on activities (4 per location) designed to provide parents with easy ways to take advantage of those learning moments that arise every day, whether at home, in a car or bus, or at a destination such as a restaurant, grocery store or library.



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