My friends over at PBS KIDS just made a big announcement about a brand-new series from Sinking Ship Entertainment and The Fred Rogers Company. Created by Tim McKeon (Fosterʼs Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time, The Electric Company) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans, Wallykazam!), ODD SQUAD is a live-action transmedia property geared toward helping kids ages 5-8 learn math. The series will focus on two young agents, Olive and Otto, who serve as part of the ODD SQUAD, solving cases that rank among the unusual. Within each case, a math concept will be presented.
This Monday, Jim Henson's DINOSAUR TRAIN rolls into town for an all-new, hour-long special on PBS KIDS with the NATURE TRACKERS ADVENTURE CAMP. Featuring four exciting and educational adventures (full details on each below), The Rock Daughters and I have not only taken an early look at the special, but have recently completed one of the fun (and free) activities that YOU can do with your little ones as a member of the Nature Trackers Club. Our adventure: Growing Crystals.
Chicago's own "First Lady of Children's Music" is releasing her 34th album for Smithsonian Folkways later this month, when 123s and ABCs hits the streets. The 16-song collection features some of Jenkins' best music for helping kids learn counting and the alphabet, with songs presented in four languages - English, Spanish, Swahili, and Yiddish. Check out the full tracklisting below...
If you have a little Sproutlet at home, and you have an iOS device, then this one is for you! Chica, the popular star of The Sunny Side Up Show and The Chica Show on Sprout and NBC Kids has come to the iPad and iPhone in an App version of the CHICA'S ADVENTURE online game. Available for the limited-time pricing of just $0.99 through (my affiliate) the Appstore, full details can be found below...
Note: An earlier version of this article appears at Chicago Parent
Chicago friends: If you're looking for a rootin' tootin', yet rockin' good time with your little ones this weekend, it might be a prime time to pay a visit to Miss Jamie from the Farm. The Chicago-based performer will be doing three shows in and around the city to celebrate the release of her debut album, MISS JAMIE'S FARM (available now on Amazon, iTunes, and CD Baby).
My friends at PBS KIDS continue making their brand of entertainment available everywhere through regular App releases, and the latest comes from the world of CYBERCHASE. The new CyberChase Shape Quest App for iOS combines games, puzzles and 3D augmented reality to challenge kids ages 6-9 to use geometry and spatial reasoning to hone their problem solving skills. The Free App is available now from (my affiliate), iTunes.