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Best PBS Websites and Apps for Learning

PBS is a giant in learning media, with a deep roster of beloved, long-running content -- including a bunch of great apps, games, and websites. But with so many digital learning experiences to choose from, how do you know which to share with your students? This list compiles the best digital tools created by PBS. These picks are fueled by the PBS library of shows and content, from cartoons to news to documentaries. There's a range of options featuring engaging games, fun activities, and project-based learning resources that dig into topics sure to satisfy kids and teens.

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Cookie Monster's Challenge

Unique games help young kids build essential school-readiness skills

Bottom line: Creative and clever approach helps kids practice important school-readiness skills.

Daniel Tiger's Grr-ific Feelings

Songs and activities help kids express, recognize, understand emotions

Bottom line: Daniel Tiger and his friends present excellent examples for kids who are just learning healthy emotional expression.

PBS KIDS Measure Up!

Fun mixes with learning in adventure-themed measurement activities

Bottom line: Games and videos give kids great exposure to and practice with a variety of measurement topics.

Peg + Cat: The Tree Problem

Fun games require spatial reasoning to help Cat jump out of a tree

Bottom line: Get kids problem-solving and thinking about basic spatial reasoning in a fun, welcoming setting.

SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet

Fun filled games use multiple strategies to teach the alphabet

Bottom line: Nice interactive elements that approach letter learning from multiple angles provide kids with in-depth letter exploration.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Learn to love and know yourself, others, and the world around you

Bottom line: Warm, loving messages delivered with Mr. Rogers' typical calm, gentle style make this site a great launching pad for explorations of social/emotional development.


Explore outstanding new math and language additions to PBS KIDS family

Bottom line: With PBS-pedigree content that's up to its usual standards of excellence, this is a great, fun resource that ensures high learning potential.

PBS KIDS ScratchJr

PBS and Scratch mash-up offers nice wrapper for rock-solid coding tool

Bottom line: Storytelling and artistic creativity meet programming code blocks for interactive design fun.

Ready to Learn Reading

Vast assortment of activities encourage reading and storytelling

Bottom line: A great variety of activities to inspire and develop reading and story building skills, but navigation is tricky.


One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS KIDS educational content

Bottom line: Amazing collection of valuable learning resources covers an impressive array of topics.


Compelling science videos have high-quality classroom applications

Bottom line: Stellar simulations, teacher guides, and other activities can stand on their own, and they're enhanced with high-quality video content.

PBS LearningMedia

Treasure trove of lesson resources will benefit from adaptation

Bottom line: For teachers with time to sift through and adapt materials, PBS LearningMedia has a lot to offer with some highly useful support materials.

Oh Noah!

Comforting character makes second-language mistakes no big deal

Bottom line: Oh Noah! provides a solid start in Spanish while building self-confidence and relaxing kids through humor.

Photo Stuff with Ruff

Materials science photo app gets kids examining their surroundings

Bottom line: Perfect for physical science lessons in classrooms with handheld devices, but the app needs an update to prevent crashing.

Cyberchase 3D Builder

Clever story-based geometry game builds spatial reasoning skills

Bottom line: Fun storyline and interactive game make the app an engaging way to learn about geometry.

Odd Squad: Blob Chase

Plan, problem-solve to build paths, capture blobs in fun leveled game

Bottom line: Fun -- addictive, even -- games are great for problem-solving and planning, and have some subtle embedded math themes.

PBS Kids: Plum Landing

Web games, outside adventures offer in-depth tour of Earth’s ecosystems

Bottom line: Student-directed investigations and outdoor extension activities elevate Plum Landing beyond just a companion site for the TV show.

PBS KIDS Kart Kingdom

Lively, colorful exploration app teaches strategy, tool-making

Bottom line: Exploration, resource gathering, and crafting will teach students how systems work while they have fun navigating the world.

Plum's Photo Hunt

Photo-finding missions get kids out to explore and enjoy their world

Bottom line: Inspiring photo-hunting missions are wonderful outlets for creative expression and easily prompt deeper exploration.


Quests, videos, and games terrific for developing math and problem-solving skills

Bottom line: Cyberchase has excellent potential for math instruction, practice, and review, and highly engages students.

Design Squad Global

Fun engineering problems encourage classroom competition, innovation

Bottom line: Design Squad Global makes learning STEAM concepts fun through hands-on activities and easy-to-understand scientific explanations.

Roadtrip Nation

Outstanding site motivates kids to follow dreams, work hard

Bottom line: Incredibly inspirational, fun, and helpful guide for kids trying to figure out a sustainable, happy future.

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