PBS Kids provides fun for preschoolers

The site starts with four reading games on a carousel. All games provide voice-over instructions. As kids succeed at these games, more unlock as new amusement park rides are constructed. There are 30 games that cover the literacy skills of rhyming, letter identification, alliteration, phonics, letter sequencing, phonemic awareness, reading and vocabulary. The games feature characters from the PBS Kids television shows Super Why!, WordWorld, Between the Lions and Sesame Street.

By playing the games, kids earn tickets that can be turned in to earn printable trading cards and coloring sheets, learning videos and toys to decorate your own personal treehouse located on the site.

While somewhat repetitive, the games in PBS Kids Island offer a nice collection of early reading activities.

Gudmundsen is the editor of Computing With Kids magazine. Contact her at gnstech@gannett.com.

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