Australian Council on Children and the Media

PBS Parents Play and Learn - PBS KIDS

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An educational mini games app.

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of PBS Parents Play and Learn was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 July 2015.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: PBS Parents Play and Learn
Developed by: PBS KIDS
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: iTunes: 4+; Google Play: 3+
ACCM suggested age: 6+
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of PBS Parents Play and Learn contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

No levels in this game.

App description

PBS Parents Play and Learn is designed as a resource for parents with pre-school children. It is full of mini games for teaching pre-schoolers.

Reviewers comments

PBS Parents Play and Learn includes 13 mini games to help children learn. Each mini game comes with parent tips for enhancing your child’s learning, ideas for ‘real world’ activities and printable resources.

The first mini game is ‘At the Zoo’. The player must drag the food from the crate to feed the animals. A number will appear on the screen stating how many bananas to feed the animal. The number will also be verbally told to the player (in an American accent). This game helps children learn number recognition skills and counting. In the game ‘Kitchen’ the player must blend fruits in a blender. The game will visually and verbally tell the player how many types of coloured fruit they should include in their smoothie. This game helps children with colour and number recognition and counting. In ‘On a Bus or a Train’ the screen will show which shapes need to be put into the machine. This game will help develop colour and shape recognition skills. In ‘Bath time’ the player traces letters with their finger. The game will also tell the child verbally what each letter is. In ‘In the Garden’ the player must identify and copy the pattern in the flowers to make their own flower garden. In ‘Play Time’ the player must sort toys by colour, size or type into two baskets. In ‘Restaurant’ the player serves food to an animal that rhymes with its name. In ‘Playground’ the player must search for two children hiding in the playground. In ‘At the Party’ the child must judge the size of an object by picking which box it would fit into. In the game, ‘In Town’ the player must put the correct signs on the buildings. In ‘Grocery Store’ the player must count how many letters of a certain type are in each food name. In the game ‘In the Car’ the child plays eye-spy. Lastly, in ‘Library’ the player must sort the books based on themes, such as animal books.

This app is available in both Spanish and English. Parents can choose to receive messages from PBS about tips to help with their child’s learning. PBS Parents Play and Learn is a fun and education app designed for parents to interact with their pre-school children to help them learn.  

Gambling

No gambling content was found during the review.

Advertising and product placement

The app has a section called ‘More Apps’ which advertises other PBS app games.

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Simulated casino style gambling. Not suitable for minors

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No gambling content found in the levels played

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