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Teaching Children About Diversity

Children tend to ask the most challenging questions at the most inconvenient times. Use these tips to spark your child’s curiosity about who they (and others) are in their world. 

Nurturing Your Child’s Independence

Independence is bittersweet. Here are some ideas about how to raise a child who is loving and linked to family and who pushes forward to find their place in the larger world.

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Using Emojis with Kids to Express Feelings

With social and emotional learning being increasingly important for children, how emojis can be used to help kids express emotions while wearing a mask or while remote learning.

Fun PBS KIDS Games to Play in 2022

If your child loves learning and imagining along with Daniel Tiger, the Kratt brothers, and other characters, then PBS KIDS digital games are sure to become some of their favorite activities. Here are 12 new digital games from PBS KIDS to play in 2022!

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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!

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Books About Scientists and Inventors

Celebrate Kid Inventors' Day with this picture book biography collection that will inspire your young inventor or scientist to explore how the world works!

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Helping Kids Handle Change at School

Here’s the thing about change: it’s inherently stressful. So how do we help them handle changes at school? Here are three steps to do as a family to help with changes or new things at school.

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Act It Out: Dramatic Play for Kids

The more grown-ups support imaginary play at home, the more likely kids will be to use their imagination as a way to express themselves and their ideas.

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Helping Sensitive Kids Manage Their Emotions

Does your child respond to simple corrections with tears, or tantrums? Staying calm and responding with an empathetic acknowledgment is one way to de-escalate their emotions.

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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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Helping Kids Express Themselves Through Music

Music can be a powerful helper when it comes to understanding and expressing our feelings. Here is how your family can interact with music to help identify, express, and regulate feelings.

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The Role of Parents

Discover how parents can inspire their children as role models to spark a lifelong journey of learning.

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Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

Growing children need healthy foods to keep their bodies strong and their minds clear. Here are four ideas for helping kids develop healthy snacking habits.

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Make the Purrrfect Kitty Cat Puppet

Make a kitty cat puppet craft as a way to open conversation with your child about how special they are and all the ways you love them just the way they are.

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Test the Strength of Spider Webs

Spiders have the ability to create strong (and beautiful!) webs. Make two different spider webs with your child to explore the strength of materials and learn about spider silk as you play.

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Importance of Art in Child Development

Some may think of art education as a luxury, but simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Check out this top PBS KIDS for Parents article to find out more about the developmental benefits of art.

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Get Smart with the Arts

Did you know that arts activities can help prepare kids for success in school? Acting out stories using homemade props or drawing are easy ways to add arts to playtime.

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The Simple Power of Singing to Kids

The act of singing is a great way to connect with your children and boost memory and learning. And it’s fun! Here are three reasons we should sing to our kids.

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Reasons to Write

November is National Novel Writing Month! Help students get their creativity flowing with these fun and practical reminders of the importance of writing in everyday life, from writing letters and notes to essays and books.

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Picture Books About Writers And Writing

Celebrate the art of writing in all its various forms with these ten books that will tickle your children’s funny bones and teach them some history too.

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Helping Your Child Think Through Decisions

In the PBS KIDS show, “Alma’s Way,” each episode shows children a consistent, concrete strategy for making responsible decisions. Here are four ways you can help your child stop and think through decisions.

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Helping Kids Celebrate Differences With “Alma’s Way”

When children experience different perspectives and backgrounds, they strengthen their life skills for becoming more empathetic, understanding, and open-minded. Here are five ways to help your child broaden their perspective from “Alma’s Way.”

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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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A Game for Dealing With Embarrassment

Embarrassing moments can happen to everyone. Play this pants-patching game from Arthur with your kids to facilitate a conversation about dealing with embarrassment!

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How Telling Stories Help Kids Learn

Reading is important for all ages and has been well-researched for its many benefits, but is there a difference with storytelling? Not to be confused with story reading, storytelling has its own techniques and advantages.

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DIY Bouncy Balls

Remember those awesome bouncy balls from the 25 cent machines? Here is a DIY hack to help your kids make their own.

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Let’s Explore Dinosaurs

Does your child love dinosaurs? Here are a few activities that will capture their imagination and help them think like paleontologists!

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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Many Americans celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a day of service. Learn why in this video from PBS Teachers.

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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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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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Go on a Safari At Home

You don’t have to travel to Africa to experience the excitement of going on safari. Help your child practice their observation skills at home with this twist on the game of hide and seek.

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Make a Donkey Hodie Puppet

Work with your child to create a puppet friend to help them as they face challenges or fears, and solve problems!

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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.

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