Spring Cleaning Tips from PBS KIDS

Well, it’s that time of the year again–spring cleaning time. Teaching kids how to help with household chores gives children a sense responsibility and teaches practical life skills. Using these helpful resources from PBS KIDS also provides your children with an opportunity to work on academic learning as well.

Parents and caregivers can read this article titled, “Encouraging Your Child to Become a ‘Helper’.”

If you are unsure where to start, check out this printable checklist with chore ideas broken up by age range, and try this activity that shows kids the power of teamwork to tackle chores

From learning letters through your lunch menu to finding math in everyday places around the kitchen, cooking and cleaning with kids can teach skills in literacy, spatial reasoning, and more.

Use some tunes to motivate your children and to make clean up time a game. Be sure Daniel Tiger’s Clean Up, Pick Up song–featured in the above video–is on your cleaning playlist.

Since 1994, PBS KIDS has worked alongside teachers, parents, and caregivers to empower children for success in school and life.

Resources from PBS Kids to Honor Black History Month

Black History Month gives us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and recognizing their contributions to U.S. history. PBS offers the following resources for parents and educators to make your celebrations meaningful, including includes a new animated short of Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman’s poem, “Talking Gets Us There,” an original she wrote for the PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism special.

Resources can be found on PBS LearningMedia and PBS KIDS for Parents. They include:

Black Voices and History Resources:

  • A collection that helps parents celebrate and honor Black history with conversation prompts, crafts and reading recommendations for little ones and adults alike
  • A video where Oprah Winfrey interviews Stacey Abrams and shares her thoughts on voting for her values
  • A lesson on astronaut Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to go into space.
  • A video of writer Alice Walker sharing her stories from her childhood

Anti-Racism Resources:

PBS also offers streaming and broadcast options for families to tune-in and celebrate Black History Month.

Streaming & TV*

*Check your local listings

·       PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism

o   Special is available to stream on the PBS KIDS Video app and YouTube

o   PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel: Feb. 16, 2021

o   PBS KIDS Family Night event: Feb. 19 – 21, 2021

·       The Power of We: A Sesame Street Special

o   Special is available to stream on PBS KIDS Video app

o   PBS KIDS: Feb. 9 and Feb. 11, 2021

o   PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel: Feb. 10 and Feb. 16, 2021

o   PBS KIDS Family Night event: Feb. 19 – 21, 2021

·       Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum

o   Episodes that celebrate Black leaders available to stream on the PBS KIDS Video app and YouTube

o   “Celebrating Black Leaders” episodes will air throughout the month, including a PBS KIDS Family Night event the weekend of Feb. 5 – 7, 2021

o   Featured episodes include: I am Harriet Tubman, I am Jesse Owens, I am Ella Fitzgerald, I am Rosa Parks, I am Thurgood Marshall, I am Maya Angelou, I am Frederick Douglass, I am Zora Neale Hurston and I am Wilma Rudolph