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It’s Okay to Make Mistakes

To preschoolers, getting something wrong often results in frustration, a feeling of failure, and an explosion of big emotions. Here’s how to help your child learn from mistakes.

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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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Raising Grateful Kids

Gratitude is a powerful tool— it’s something we can give back to those who help us every day, and it offers children a therapeutic outlet that leads to positive emotions.

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Paint with Nature

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

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Make Pinkalicious Pink Lemonade

Help your child practice measuring and mixing as you follow this fruity recipe for a perfectly sweet and Pinkalicious pink lemonade.

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Make A Mindfulness Glitter Jar

Help your children practice mindfulness! Create this glitter jar with your children to help them relax when they're overwhelmed.

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Managing Emotions

With intentional play, games, and activities, we can help our kids learn how to identify and name feelings, understand causes of emotions, and develop strategies for healthy expression.

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Pressing Pause: How Mindfulness Helps Kids

All children have times when they become overwhelmed, overloaded or overstimulated. Practicing mindfulness reduces anxiety levels and supports academic performance.

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Helping Hands: Honoring Community Helpers

Big or small, anyone can be a helper! Honor the community helpers in your neighborhood by showing gratitude and explore ways your child can be a helper at home!

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5 Ways to Build Your Preschooler’s Confidence

Building self-confidence for preschoolers is essential. We want our kids to see what’s good about themselves, to believe in themselves, and to know they’re important. Here are some ideas, with help from Donkey Hodie and her pals.

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Nature as Stress Relief for Kids

Nature play, or time spent in nature, is beneficial for many reasons, including relieving stress. And spring is a great time to get outdoors with your kid and take in some of those mood-boosting, creativity-sparking benefits!

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Protecting Our Planet

Protecting our planet is a year-round job! Want to raise environmentally-responsible children? In this collection, families can explore resources designed to teach children about reducing, reusing and recycling.

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The Very Crafty Caterpillar

Use recycled goods and brightly colored pipe cleaners to make this colorful caterpillar craft. This colorful craft is a great prop for reading Eric Carle's "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."

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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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Make a Hero Self-Portrait

Help your child understand what it means to be a hero and that there is a hero in every one of us.

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Waste Audit

With a waste audit, you and your kids can make a plan for reducing the amount of trash in your home. Through this activity your kids can learn more about recycling and composting.

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Host a Family Olympics

Host your own Olympics at home! In this activity, grown-ups and kids can work together to create their own obstacle course, balloon volleyball course, and then host an awards ceremony.

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Family String Puppets

Make fun string puppets featuring members of your family and then host a family puppet show.

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Helping Kids Get Out of their Comfort Zone

Change is part of life. But the huge shifts that have taken place in children’s worlds due to the COVID-19 pandemic are off the charts. Here’s how to help your child be more flexible.

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Books to Get the Whole Family Giggling

There’s something extremely helpful about a good belly laugh, especially one that you share with people you love. Discover 15 silly books that get the entire family giggling. 

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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.

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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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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All About Animals

Do your children love learning about animals? Lay the foundation for their understanding of animals' characteristics, abilities, needs and environments with the activities, games, and articles in this collection.

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Night Time is a Great Time to Explore

What can you and your child discover about nature at night? Make a nighttime observation kit to help your family explore what's outside your front door after dark!

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Make Paper Plate Snakes

Paper plates can be used in many crafts. In this activity, you and your child can create colorful snakes using paper plates and googly eyes.

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Community and Gun Violence

Sesame Street in Communities has resources to help children and families affected by community and gun violence feel safer and more secure — and build hope for a kinder, more peaceful future.

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The Lessons We Learn from Pets

Animals can do so much — and they can serve as teachers. Our pets can teach us valuable lessons such as patience, resilience, forgiveness, kindness, empathy, and lessons about death.

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Nature Art Box

Calling all backyard explorers! Use nature tools to create art in this online activity!

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Salty Glue Art

Salty glue art requires only two ingredients and facilitates discussions about dimensions.

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Pom-Pom Pets

Transform ordinary pom-poms into adorable little pets with this fun and easy craft!

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Which Objects Can Balance

Help your child tap into their Superpowers of Science! With this activity, kids can investigate which types of shapes will balance and which will fall down.

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The Benefits of Music Education

Research has found that learning music facilitates learning other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas.

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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!

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Asian Zoodle Salad

A healthy, delicious, gluten-free Asian inspired salad featuring zoodles (zucchini spiralized as noodles). It is a great healthy alternative to its pasta counterpart.  

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.