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Celebrate Winter Holidays with PBS KIDS

The lights are up and the snow is falling at PBS KIDS! Help families make the season bright with a festive lineup of fan favorites from “Alma’s Way,” “Molly of Denali,” “Wild Kratts,” “Donkey Hodie” and more.

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10 Experiences to Give This Holiday Season

In the "Alma's Way" Alma and Junior love their Christmas Eve tradition of making ornaments together. Here are a few ideas for experiences and non-store-bought gifts.

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Helpful Holiday Tasks That Kids Can Do

Sharing responsibilities with your kids gives them a step toward independence, and a sense of pride. This holiday season, try giving these chores to the children in your family.

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Helping Kids Focus on What Matters During the Holidays

Spending quality time with loved ones means a lot more than material gifts. Your family can prioritize time together with these tips for making the switch to giving fewer toys and more experiences this holiday season.

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Gift Giving for Kids

So much of the excitement during the holiday season is all about receiving presents. How can we get our kids to develop the same enthusiasm for giving?

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8 Books About Families

Here are a few heartwarming books about families of all shapes, sizes and customs to brighten these long winter nights.

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10 Books That Celebrate Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the eight-day "festival of lights" celebrated by Jewish people around the world commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

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Selfie Holiday Card

Turning yourself into an elf on your holiday cards is a great way to inject a little festive fun into the holiday season.

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Cotton Swab Snow Flakes

Have you started decorating for the holidays? Make your own snowflake ornaments by following these six quick steps.

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DIY Snow Globe

'Tis the season for homemade gifts! Follow these five easy steps to make your own snow globe. 

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Make a Super Snowflake Headband

What do you love most about winter? Embrace the magic of the season by making a snowflake headband, inspired by the one Daniel Tiger wears for the Snowflake Day play!

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Cardboard Menorahs

Celebrate Hanukkah with this fun DIY craft. All they need is toilet paper rolls to decorate, glue, glitter and yellow paper. 

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Winter Wonderland Terrarium

Make a magical winter wonderland terrarium using an old empty glass jar with a lid. Use this craft to talk with your kids about the weather.

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Christmas | All About the Holidays

Where does the tradition of gift-giving on Christmas come from? Find out why Christmas is important to people for lots of different reasons in this video. 

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Kwanzaa | All About the Holidays

Kwanzaa is a time to celebrate African American heritage. Learn the ways people observe this festivity and trace back its roots to ancient African customs.

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Hanukkah | All About the Holidays

Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration, but anyone can find meaning in the holiday. Check out the origins of the tradition, and and how it is observed today.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Holiday Treats

Looking for holiday cookies & treats to make and bake? Baking homemade treats for gift giving and entertaining will magically get you into the holiday spirit.

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Tunis Cake

A moist, lemony sponge topped with chocolate ganache and marzipan decorations. It looks wonderfully festive and is a great alternative to traditional Christmas cake.

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Finding Gratitude During Difficult Times

How can parents encourage gratitude during times of stress or crisis? PBS KIDS for Parents shares meaningful ways you can help your kids count their blessings during the holiday season.

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Managing Emotions as Parents

Holding it together during high-stress moments is one of most important skills we can develop as parents. Here are some ideas to help you take a moment to stay calm and collected.

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For Greater Happiness Teach Gratitude

How can we as parents fit more opportunities to express gratitude into our already packed schedules? Try a few of these strategies for making expressions of thanks part of your family's daily routine.

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Finding Gratitude During Difficult Times

How can parents encourage gratitude during times of stress or crisis? PBS KIDS for Parents shares meaningful ways you can help your kids count their blessings during the holiday season.

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Raising Generous, Money-Smart Kids

Learning how to spend, save, and give away money is a life-skill that takes years to develop. Here are 10 guidelines to help your child on the road to financial literacy.

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Breakfast Brain Foods

A small USDA study found that children who ate breakfast did better on math tests than those who skipped the meal.

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Pumpkin season is here! Celebrate the Fall with some warm and delicious homemade pumpkin bread.

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Practicing Perseverance

Developing perseverance helps kids see that their abilities grow with effort and practice. As kids develop perseverance, grown-up can help them understand that frustration, and even failure, are part of the learning process.

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Is it Tattling or Telling

There are some simple ways to help your child understand the difference between tattling and alerting a grownup when an important rule is being broken.

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Tips for Raising Trustworthy Kids

Rather than become upset when your young child lies — because children will! — try to see these moments as opportunities to help them develop a habit of honesty.

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Helping Kids Develop a Healthy Relationship With Emotions

There are many fun ways to show our children that emotions are okay, welcomed, and a healthy part of life. Here are five things you can do now to help your child develop a healthy and playful relationship with their emotions.

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3 Words That Reframe, “How Was Your Day?”

Even though there will be uncertainties and ups and downs as we navigate this school year, let your child know we can still find and celebrate daily successes in unexpected places.

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Make A Guitar Out of Cardboard

Encourage your child to express themselves through music and art by making a guitar out of simple materials around your house.

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Growing Early Friendships

Are your toddlers fascinated by the kids around them, only to later scream and cry when they have to “share” one of their trains? 

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Help Your Child Cope With Teasing

Teasing is something many children will experience at some point. Use this Arthur activity to help your child talk about how it feels, then work together to create coping strategies.

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Help Your Preschooler Get Ready to Read

Is your little one getting ready to start reading? Help your child develop pre-reading skills that will give them a strong foundation for later reading success.

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My Bedtime Game

Every family has its own bedtime routine to transition from day to night. Play the "My Bedtime" game from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood to spark a conversation about things that help kids at bedtime!

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Make A Cardboard Mini Library

Just like ants, which store and share resources in nature, your child can build a mini library to store and share books with their family and friends.

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Put on a Puppet Show

Puppet shows allow children to experiment with storytelling and imagination. Explore the basic elements of storytelling while you craft Peg-themed puppets and a theater for your show.

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Experiment With Water Drops

Help your child learn how water can form different shapes with this fun and simple hands-on science experiment!

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Build Your Own Volcano

In this classic science fair experiment, help your child understand how a volcano forms in the Earth's surface.

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Exploring Space at Home

For little astronauts, here are activities, games, and plenty of ideas for a little space exploration from your own home!

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Salt Painting Our Solar System

Getting to know the solar system is key to learning about our universe! Help your child learn about outer space with this Ready Jet Go art project.

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Make an Ice Sculpture

Molly’s mom makes ice sculptures. “Chill out” and make one with your family! Observe how temperature affects water as you create a frozen ice sculpture.

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Making Time For Play

Play time is always important for children – and grown-ups! Movement, laughter and creativity help reduce stress and strengthen bonds within the entire family. 

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Helping Children with Sharing

Most kids naturally struggle with sharing because it’s difficult for them to think about what others want. Encourage kids to take turns by assuring them that their friends will return their toys when they're done.

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How to Connect with Long-Distance Loved Ones

As much as it is nice for families to live close by, that’s not always possible. With creativity and commitment, there are lots of ways to help your kids connect with far away loved ones. Here are 10 ideas to try!

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Explore How Making Mistakes Changes an Art Project

In this activity, try stopping between each step to give your child a chance to decide if their creation looks like what they are trying to create. Mistakes happen and it’s OK to make adjustments and change course along the way.

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Paint with Nature

Art + Nature = Fun. For this activity from PBS KIDS, you’ll use outdoor objects like leaves, pinecones and rocks as your paintbrush.

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Make Leaf and Bark Rubbings

Encourage your child to explore the trees with their senses by doing leaf and bark rubbings. Then, play a matching game!

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Bubble Bath Math Game

Estimation is a skill we use to make careful guesses. Explore counting and making estimates in this online activity from Peg + Cat !

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Story Book Builder

Does your little one enjoy making up stories? In this activity, emerging readers build their own story book while strengthening empathy and literacy skills!

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Exploring Space: 10 Books for Little Astronauts

What happens to the sun at night? What are shooting stars? And is there life beyond Earth? These ten books can help answer your kids' space science questions... and perhaps inspire new ones!

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Self-Care for Parents

When you take time for self-care during times of stress, you’re better able to care for your child. Keep these tips in mind when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

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Dig Into Dinosaurs

Harness your child's interest in dinosaurs and travel back in time to when dinos ruled the Earth with this collection of prehistoric page-turners for kids ages 0-9. 

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Dig Into Dinosaurs

Travel back in time through our imaginations together to when dinosaurs ruled the Earth! If your child loves everything dinosaurs, now is a great time to introduce them to paleontology with these activities.

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Boredom Isn’t a Bad Thing For Kids

Kids’ brains need stimulation, but they need downtime, too. Read on for ways to use screen-free zones, brain breaks and pretend play to raise creative and independent kids!

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Play a Storytelling Game

Roll homemade dice and use your imagination to tell a unique story! This fun game can inspire countless wacky tales and be played over and over again.

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11 Picture Books to Celebrate Diversity

This list of books featuring diverse characters and highlighting the importance of diversity in communities is a great way to start conversations about diversity with your young children.

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13 Children’s Books With Strong Black Characters

Reading can be an effective way to teach kids about important issues. To encourage thoughtful conversations about race and diversity with your children, check out this booklist you can read together as a family.

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Children’s Books About Peace

Even the best of friends sometimes have problems they must work out. Try "Dog and Bear: Two's Company" and other bedtime stories to share this lesson with little ones!

Thinkport Picks

MPT is here to help parents and educators keep kids laughing and learning all summer long. Look to our new summer resource collections including MPT Summer On!, weekly theme-based activities, and At-Home Learning: Summer Edition for daily activities connected to our PBS KIDS broadcast. Count on MPT to always provide access to high-quality, educationally-based programming for your family. Anytime and anywhere – on-air, online, and on our free mobile app.

Look to our education website, Thinkport.org, to find safe, adult-led activities for young children, and independent student learning resources for students in grades PreK-12.

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At-Home Learning

At-Home Learning continues with our back-to-school edition to support families and educators with new digital resources and hands-on activities aligned to our PBS KIDS broadcast.

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Daily Activities Calendar

Find fun, daily activities and crafts to do with your children using items in your home and a few basic supplies.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month, observed from September 15 through October 15, is a time to celebrate the more than 54 million people of Hispanic descent living in the United States. Watch to learn more about the month!

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Healthy Habits

Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and washing your hands are among the most important healthy habits we can teach children!

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Fun Pancake Recipes for Any Occasion

Many holidays throughout the year include food traditions. One food that comes up a few times are pancakes! Here are four fun ways to make your own pancakes!

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Cookbooks for Kids

We’ve made a list of books full of nutritious and fun dishes for kids to create.

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Learn at Home with PBS KIDS

The 2020-2021 school year is going to look different for families across the country. PBS KIDS is here to help no matter what learning situation your family is facing this year.

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Play and Learn Science App

Play with shadows, control the weather and roll and slide objects down a ramp, all in the free PBS KIDS Play & Learn Science App!

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Children’s Books About Peace

Even the best of friends sometimes have problems they must work out. Try "Dog and Bear: Two's Company" and other bedtime stories to share this lesson with little ones!

MEET THE HELPERS

MEET THE HELPERS is a public media initiative designed to introduce children to community helpers and practice emergency preparedness.

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Preschool Learning at Home

Preschoolers learn best through exploring, using all of their senses to understand their world. Here are some resources to support your child's early learning.

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Thank You Neighbors Playlist

Learn about the people that make your community special! This PBS KIDS playlist is packed with songs and stories from your favorite TV shows

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Germs Germs Go Away

"Germs, Germs Go Away. Don't come back any day" Use these tips from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood to keep germs away by washing hands and coughing into your elbow.

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PBS KIDS Role Models

These PBS KIDS role models prove that you can be anything. Check out these inspiring videos featuring a doctor, astronomer, paleontologist, engineer, and two musicians.

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