PBS Kids is one of the most beloved names in kids' educational programs and they've continued that success with 21 FREE iPad/iPhone apps.
There are three Electric Company apps, as well as an app that features all of your kids' favorite videos. There are even a number of apps to help families enjoy their devices together. None of the apps have in-app purchases or other hidden charges!
Plum's Photo Hunt
Get kids exploring outdoors with this free photo app from PBS KIDS! Plum’s Photo Hunt is part of PLUM LANDING, an environmental science media property designed to get kids excited about exploring the wonders of our planet. In this app, Plum, an alien from the Planet Blorb, sends kids on missions outdoors to photograph awesome things that they find in nature like the weather, plants, shadows and bugs.
iPhone/iPad x 2
PBS KIDS Video (US Only)
Watch videos from your favorite PBS KIDS television series anytime, anywhere (in the USA). “PBS KIDS Video” features more than 1,000 videos from over a dozen top PBS KIDS television series, including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Dinosaur Train, SUPER WHY!, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Sesame Street and Wild Kratts.
Please note the description says the app can be used with a 3G or Wi-Fi, but I highly recommend using it with a Wi-Fi.
Designed specifically for parents, the PBS KIDS Super Vision™ app helps you monitor and make the most of what your child is learning and playing on pbskids.org. By entering a simple code in the app, you’ll connect your mobile device to start monitoring and receiving real-time information about what your child is playing, watching, and learning on pbskids.org. This app also provides off-screen activity ideas that are related to your child’s interests to help build key skills.
iPhone/iPad x 2
PBS Parents Play & Learn
PBS’ first app designed specifically for parents, PBS Parents Play & Learn provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location – including at the grocery store, at home, in the kitchen, and many more. The bilingual (English/Spanish) PBS Parents Play & Learn App makes it easy for parents to seize upon those daily “teachable moments” through theme-based interactive games and simple hands-on activities that connect math and literacy skills to everyday experiences.
iPhone version: iPad version:
The Electric Company Wordball!
Let’s see your mad, mad word skills! Look out for wordballs and catch them if you can… as you groove to 9 game-enhanced music videos starring Ne-Yo, Jimmy Fallon, and your favorite characters from The Electric Company. "Wordball” aims to help players 5 & up increase their ability to manipulate sounds in spoken words and then map those words to print. Discover the wonders of the silent E, the hard and soft sounds of C (as in “cat” and “ace”), the transforming powers of the letter H (the sounds ch, sh, th), and more!
iPhone/iPad x 2
PBS Kids Photo Factory (US Only)
Put your child in a photo with a favorite PBS KIDS character in three simple steps. Easy and safe for kids to use, too! Features leading characters from series that air on PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO!, including Arthur, Caillou, Clifford, Curious George, Dinosaur Train, Fetch!, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, SUPER WHY!, Word Girl, and more. A Web version of the app is at pbsparents.org.
The Electric Company Party Game: Lost on Prankster Planet (iPad only)
HEY YOU GUYYYYYS! Marcus and Jessica are stuck on Prankster Planet and they need your help! Complete physical challenges, silly brainstorms, and math questions in this exciting multiplayer game. From wacky challenges to counting races, this game will have your team laughing and learning as you add, draw, discuss, think, act, problem solve, and dance your way back to Earth. The app is based on the PBS KIDS series The Electric Company.
The Electric Company: Feel Electric!
Are you feeling delighted? Astonished? Anxious? “Feel Electric!” explores all these emotions and more! Part of the Military Families “Finding the Right Word” initiative, this app offers engaging tools that use content and curriculum from The Electric Company to provide opportunities to explore emotional vocabulary and self-expression. Hosted by Electric Company cast members Jessica Ruiz and Danny Rebus, “Feel Electric!” features three fast-paced games, a digital diary to record daily moods, a zany story maker, and more!
Fizzy's Lunch Lab Fresh Pick
Professor Fizzy, star of the PBS KIDS web series, "Fizzy's Lunch Lab," is holding a competition to see who has what it take to be the next Lunch Labber! Take on 8 exciting challenges that will put your math and problem solving skills to the test. If you can navigate your way through the grocery store, come up with right amount of change in the check-out line, and successfully serve food to a room full of hungry customers, you may just have what it takes to become the next member of the Lunch Lab!
CyberChase Shape Quest!
From PBS KIDS and Cyberchase comes Shape Quest, a captivating app combining games, puzzles and 3D augmented reality! Shape Quest challenges kids ages 6-9 to use geometry and spatial reasoning to hone their problem solving skills.
Super Sproutlet Show - Super Gear Adventure (US Only)
Help “Sproutlets” get geared up for super-fun missions — just like Bean and friends on the Super Sproutlet Show! Use your finger to move Bean through the mazes and grab superhero gear. Collect gloves, aprons, wristbands, crowns, capes, masks and shields. See how many you can get! After you finish all seven levels, choose a Sproutlet to dress up. Mix ’n match your gear, then strike a super pose! Your Super Sproutlet is ready for active, healthy adventures!
Pajanimals Play Time
Turn bedtime into fun time with The Pajanimals! Preschoolers will love playing games with all their friends from The Pajanimals show on Sprout: Apollo’s Rocket Blastoff, Squacky’s Superhero Bathtub Splash, Cowbella’s Dream Carriage and Sweetpea Sue’s Balloon Ride.
Play all four games to earn stickers. Visit the Dream Book anytime to see your sticker collection.
Chica's Silly Songs (US Only)
“Sproutlets” can make their own fun songs and send them to Sprout! Their tunes might play on the Sunny Side Up Show! To build a song, drag animals, instruments or other objects — up to six at a time — onto the hay bales. Swipe to see all the choices along the bottom. Mix ’n match to create different sounds! For more musical fun, tap the instruments at top to play each one. When you’re done creating, click the clover to submit your song. Then watch the Sunny Side Up Show every morning at 9:00 am. You could hear your Sproutlet’s tune!
Send to Sprout (for parents)
Sharing with Sprout is easier than ever! With the Send to Sprout app, you can upload your childʼs photos, videos, and artwork for a chance to be on Sprout TV! Choose from several fun categories. Nominate a Sproutlet for the Good Egg Award, give a weather report, tell Chica what your child is up to, show off your SportsCandy creations, and lots more!
Plus, we love to celebrate birthdays. Submit a birthday wish for your Sproutlet, and you may see it on the Sunny Side Up Show!
iPhone/iPad x 2
Sprout Family Challenge
Coming to you from Sprout an interactive tool to inspire your family to get up and get active together! Explore ways that you and your child can get moving towards a healthier, active lifestyle with your favorite Sprout and LazyTown characters, Chica and Sportacus! Join the Sprout Family Challenge!
Complete the set of challenges and watch your energy meter grow as you and your child move towards a healthier lifestyle together.
iPhone/iPad x 2
SandyStories (US Only)
Every sand picture tells a story! Now with the Sprout Sandy Stories App, preschoolers can create their very own sand pictures and stories — just like Nina on The Good Night Show on Sprout! To draw freehand in the sand, select a shape in the toolbox and drag your finger across the sand board. You can also add cute characters like Star and Lucy! Need help designing? Choose from five picture stencils to trace. Plus, you can always add more sand by using the pitcher to pour. When you’re done, save your sand art, share it with friends, or start over with a brand-new sand board.
Sprout Games & Videos (US Only)
Sprout is the 24-hour preschool channel that parents and kids share together — for shows, activities, and adventures! Now you can enjoy Sprout on the go with the Sprout Games & Videos app, which recreates the interactive playtime of SproutOnline.com with these great features: Play two games, Lotsa Pops and Picture Maker, featuring beloved Sprout characters. Watch fun clips from Sprout shows with the video player. New videos are regularly added and automatically stream to the player each time your child launches it.
Sprout's Good Night Star (US Only)
Introducing a fun, new, interactive game for you and your preschooler from The Good Night Show on Sprout.
Your preschooler can practice their bedtime routine with Sprout's lovable character, Star. Brush Star's teeth, wash Star's Face, read a Sprouterrific story to Star and get him ready for bed. Then your Sproutlet can gently rock Star to sleep. You can also sing along to your favorite Good Night Show songs like Brusha Brusha and Twinkle Twinkle.
iPad version completely free - (iPhone version has an in-app purchase)
Dress Chica (US Only)
Coming to you from PBS KIDS Sprout, Dress Chica is a fun, interactive game for you and your preschooler. To help Chica get dressed, select hats, scarves, and more by touching the pictures and dragging them onto Chica! Shake the phone to hear Chica chirp and to make her dance. When you're done you can save a picture of your creation, select a greeting, and make a postcard to email to friends and family. How many outfits can you make? Play again and again to make a new outfit every time!
iPhone/iPad x 2
Sprout's Doodle Dots (US Only)
Introducing a fun new activity for your preschooler from the Noodle and Doodle show on Sprout! Your child can use their noodle to connect the dots on their own doodle pad.
Following Sean’s instructions, preschoolers can create many everyday items, using colors, shapes, fruits and of course, numbers to connect the dots. Welcome aboard the Noodle and Doodle bus and see what you can make!
FETCH! LUNCH RUSH (iPhone app)
In case you hadn’t heard, Ruff Ruffman, canine host of the PBS KIDS TV series, FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, is making a movie! Of course, he’s in over his head and he needs your help, like, yesterday. In this Augmented Reality, multi-player game, you need to keep up with lunch orders from Ruff’s movie crew. The challenge is keeping track of how many pieces of sushi everyone wants.
Lisa M has watched more Wiggles episodes in her lifetime than she's had showers.