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July 27, 2009

The Deep End of Summer

Deep-End Sometimes when the summer gets really hot and the time starts to pass slower, you just need something new to spur kids' imaginations. PBS has launched a website built specifically for 3-6 year olds that uses their popular characters to teach. I recently went to the website PBSkidsplay and tried it out with my kids.

The website is extremely kid friendly. The problem with much of the online content for young kids is that developers forget that preschoolers can't read yet. This means often key directions and links are words that your kid can't understand. My 4 year-old boy had no trouble figuring out how to do the activities because the directions were clear and visual instead of just written or spoken. He could have played for hours, but we had to limit our time.

Some of the games on this website are awesome. It has Curious George, Mama Mirrabelle's Home Movies, and Super Why. These games are great not only because they are simple, educational, and fun but they can expand your child's imagination too. Playing Super Why is like stepping into the show and playing. After playing Mama Mirrabelle's hide and seek online we decided to play for real.

The site is free for a 15 day trial. Even if you don't sign-up so that you can track your child's progress and monitor their use, this website from PBS might be just what you need to help you and your child swim out of the deep end of the summer.

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