Celebrate Earth Day with Resources from PBS KIDS

Earth Day is celebrated around the world annually on April 22. PBS KIDS recognizes that it’s important to teach little ones about the changes around us and the importance of protecting nature, too. Here are some resources to nurture learning outside the classroom:

  • How do you celebrate Earth Day? Get inspired with 15 ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids.
  • These PBS KIDS Explore the Outdoors hubs feed kids’ curiosity about nature, animals, and the changes that come with warmer months.  
  • What does ‘recycle’ mean? Learn about turning something old into something new with Daniel Tiger.
  • ‘Nature is Our Neighbor’ is a catchy Wild Kratts original–filled with fun visuals and easy ways for everyone to pitch in and save our planet! 
  • Want to learn more about composting? Elinor Wonders Why shows us what the compost cycle is all about here
  • As busy routines pick back up, this article shares a handful of reminders of why getting outside can be so special to slow down as a family.

Check out PBS KIDS for Parents to find more helpful resources.

Celebrate National Encourage a Young Writer Day on April 10th

National Encourage a Young Writer Day is celebrated on April 10th. To encourage little ones to put pen to paper, PBS KIDS is sharing activities and resources that get the creative juices flowing. 

Children learn to read and write when they are shown by example. When my girls were little, I spent days in the classroom holding writing workshops or participating as a mystery reader.

Unsure where to get the creative process started? Here are some activities below for any age:

PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS for Parents offer free access to media content and community-based experiences that support learning for young children. 

PBS Resources to Help Celebrate Women’s History Month

March 8 is International Women’s Day and the month of March is Women’s History Month. PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS for Parents offers resources and activities for little ones to learn about strong women and the importance of gender equality.

  • In PBS KIDS for Parents’ “How to Raise a Self Confident Girl,” Katie Hurley arms caregivers with a guide to nurture girls’ self-confidence 
  • Check out these tips to encourage girls in STEM
  • Join Xavier Riddle and friends in meeting strong females throughout history, including the first American woman to go to space, Sally Ride
  • This book list, perfect for ages 3 to 9, is filled with stories featuring girls from different cultures and backgrounds, exploring how dreams can lead to lifelong learnings
  • Help young girls lead with courage, through the guide “How to Raise a Leader,” which teaches new skills and recommends volunteering with the community as one of many ways parents can help raise strong women.

PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS for Parents is here to help you honor strong women throughout history.

Help Your Child Celebrate Black History Month with Resources from PBS KIDS

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, but its origins reach far back into American history. PBS KIDS supports parents in teaching about and celebrating Black voices, now and all year long. Here is a list of some of their resources:

Broadcast and streaming options are available for families to tune-in and celebrate Black History Month. Check your local listings for times to watch/stream these free programs.

  • PBS KIDS Family Night: Celebrating Black Leaders with PBS KIDS will air the following episodes on February 4-6, 7-10 pm ET:
    • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum – I am Harriet Tubman
    • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum – I am Maya Angelou/I am Frederick Douglass
    • Peg + Cat – The Dance Problem (feat. Misty Copeland)/Follow the Bouncing Ball
    • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum – I am Rosa Parks/I am Thurgood Marshall
    • Arthur – Muffy Misses Out/Arthur Takes a Stand (feat. Rep. John Lewis)
    • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum – I am Ella Fitzgerald/I Am Jesse Owens
  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum “Celebrating Black Leaders” episodes will also air throughout the month, including:
    • I am Billie Jean King/I am Arthur Ashe (February 9)
    • I am Maya Angelou/I am Frederick Douglass (February 10)
    • I am Wilma Rudolph/I am Jonas Salk (February 16)
    • I am Zora Neale Huston/I am Charles Dickens (February 18)

Stream free on PBS KIDS throughout the month:

  • Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum
    • I am Maya Angelou/I am Frederick Douglass
    • I am Rosa Parks/I am Thurgood Marshall
    • I am Wilma Rudolph/I am Jonas Salk
    • I am Harriet Tubman
    • I am Zora Neale Huston/I am Charles Dickens
    • I am Billie Jean King/I am Arthur Ashe
    • I am Jesse Owens/I am Ella Fitzgerald
    • I am Florence Nightingale/I am George Washington Carver
  • Arthur
    • Muffy Misses Out/Arthur Takes a Stand (feat. Rep. John Lewis)
    • George Scraps His Sculpture (feat. Kevin Sampson)/Arthur’s Big Meltdown
    • Big Horns George (feat. Koko Taylor and Taj Mahal)/Bleep
  • Peg + Cat
    • The Dance Problem (feat. Misty Copeland)/Follow the Bouncing Ball
    • The Peanut Problem (feat. George Washington Carver)/More Adventures of Robin Hood
    • The Polka Dot Planet Problem/The Mardi Gras Problem (feat. Billie Holiday)
  • PBS KIDS Talk About
    • “Talking Gets Us There” by Amanda Gorman

For more resources, downloadable content, and activities, visit Learn at Home With PBS KIDS | PBS KIDS for Parents

Celebrate the New Year with Goal-Setting Resources from PBS Kids

It’s hard to believe 2021 is almost over. As you know, I enjoy setting goals each year as a way to motivate me and to encourage a forward-looking approach to life.

Creating good habits starts early. PBS KIDS has created these resources for parents so you can help your child celebrate the New Year and set goals.