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Independence Day

Is your family preparing for Independence Day? Learn about the history of our country's most famous birthday, and discover why we celebrate Independence Day the way we do today.

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Fourth of July Rockets

Get ready for the Fourth of July with these fun Independence Day rocket decorations using some basic supplies and recyclables.

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DIY Slime to Celebrate the 4th of July!

Celebrate Independence Day by making patriotic, homemade slime. This sensory slime recipe is fun for all ages, uses simple household ingredients, and is easy to customize.

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DIY Fireworks in a Jar

A fun visual show for younger kids and a great science experiment for older ones, this project explodes with fun!

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Tips for Travelling with Preschoolers

For young children who haven’t traveled much in the past or don’t remember their experiences, taking a trip might feel new or intimidating. Here are some easy ways to prepare for traveling with your young child.

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Plan Your Way This Summer

Explore and play all season long with a variety of free resources from PBS KIDS. Spark curiosity and creativity with hands-on activities, tips, and games supporting literacy, math, science, and life skills.

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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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Why Kids Fall Apart After School and How to Help

This experience of kids being well-behaved at school and showing more difficult behavior at home is actually very common. Here are some ways to think about what your child is experiencing and how to help.

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Get Creative With the Arts

Kids are naturally creative. Remind children that creating is all about the process – there’s no one right way to make art, especially with these activities and ideas.

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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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Making Family Traditions

Sometimes it's the simplest traditions with our families that we hold on to the most. Are there traditional instruments that are important to your family's culture?

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Make A Miniature Garden

Create your own miniature garden with Nature Cat! Kids will learn how seeds and plants grow and build their observation skills with this hands-on garden activity and plant journal.

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Go Outdoors to Explore Nature

Time spent outdoors gets kids moving, promotes creativity and curiosity, increases confidence, and gives them time to think and explore their world outside. Here are some simple activities to encourage playing in nature.

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Let’s Explore the Backyard – Game

Let's explore the great outdoors! In the "Elinor Backyard Life" game from Elinor Wonders Why, play with worms, see caterpillars turn into butterflies and create your own backyard ecosystem!

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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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Act Out the Lifecycle of a Butterfly

Teach your child about metamorphosis! In this activity, kids can act out the stages butterflies go through and learn about other animals that go through the process.

Make A Puppy Marionette 

Make a puppy puppet with paper towel rolls and paint. When you finish, encourage your child to put on a puppet show.

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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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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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Gardening with Kids

Gardening can be an important tool in your child's development! Find out how planting a garden can affect not only your child’s body but also their brain and soul.

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Make a Composter

Find out what happens to a pile of old leaves outside when you add a dash of time, maybe some worms, and a healthy splash of moisture?

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Create Egg Carton Turtles

Instead of throwing away empty egg cartons, upcycle them into this easy and adorable turtle craft while discussing sea turtles’ habitats and the importance of recycling.

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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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Explore the Outdoors with PBS KIDS

It's that time of year again! The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the whole family is ready to get outside. Explore the outdoors, discover fun nature crafts, and learn more about the world outside our doorsteps.

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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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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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Make A Stegosaurus Puppet

Creating a Stegosaurus puppet can help your child understand how the dinosaur’s plates and spikes helped it survive.

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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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How to Talk to Kids About Honesty

Sometimes children don't tell the truth - this is a normal part of their development. Try, "When you tell me what happened, I can help you," to encourage kids to share openly and honestly.

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Great Adventures Start with a Story

Bedtime stories are great ways to encourage kids to be creative and confident. Give your next book a boost by sharing experiences that relate to what you are reading to spark conversation and inspire curiosity.

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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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Summer Camp Hub Page

As you plan summertime fun for your little learners, consider the media and activities featured in the Camp PBS LearningMedia collection. Find lesson plans and educational resources to refresh and renew your teaching this summer. Happy exploring!

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Plants: Learning Environments

To learn science, kids need to be hands on! Watch a center-based educator set up a thoughtfully planned learning environment to engage children in learning about plants. 

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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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Investigating Animals

Does your child LOVE animals? Gather ideas for creating art, playing games, and reading books about all types of animals that will keep your kids entertained and learning for hours!

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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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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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How to Talk to Your Kids About Corona Virus

With Coronavirus being a concern for grownups, kids might also be worrying. Here is how to talk about COVID-19 with your young children & ways to practice healthy habits.

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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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Sign Up for the PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter

As schools across the country are closed due to COVID-19, PBS KIDS is here to help. New weekday newsletter offers activities & tips to help kids play & learn at home.

PBS KIDS Lab

Exploring new ways to keep kids learning. Anytime. Anywhere.