What Are Some Fun and Free PBS Games for Kids?

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Remember Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood and all the other great educational classics we used to watch when we were kids? A few have stood the test of time and still entertain and teach kids today — Congrats, Sesame Street! — but most have stepped aside to make room for new educational shows for kids.

Today, the nonprofit Public Broadcasting Service — better known as PBS — creates fun TV shows designed to teach kids everything from their ABC’s to how to deal with bullies and airs them on the network known as PBS Kids. Besides new shows like Sid the Science Kid and Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, PBS Kids also creates free online games for kids to play on its website or via an app on a smartphone or tablet. (Some games require the Flash plug-in to work.)

The games include more than 100 titles for ages 2 to 8 years old, although older kids and adults have plenty of fun playing along as well. The award-winning games and videos make learning fun — something that is critical right now in these uncharted waters of online education. If you and your kids haven’t checked out the games on PBS Kids yet, here’s a look at a few popular game options that provide hours of fun with a strong learning curve.