Chicago parents searching for quality educational toys for toddlers and preschoolers can visit the just-launched PBS KIDS Shop online to find new exclusive PBS KIDS toys, as well as playthings, clothing, decor, books, DVDs, and school supplies themed to accompany many of the most popular children’s television shows broadcast on public television.
Educational PBS KIDS toys
The initial set of wooden educational PBS KIDS toys designed to promote creative and hands-on play in children include musical instruments, puzzles, playsets, and blocks.
- Preschool musical instruments for sale from the Sounds of the World collection will include a percussion set (drum, tambourine, jingle stick, and monkey sticks), a bongo drum, a rhythm set (damaru, calimba, wrist bells, and castanets), and a combination xylophone and drum.
- Three-Layer puzzles with multiple levels that preschoolers can remove and explore will come in themes like farm, barn, and camping.
- Take-Along Puzzle Playsets are puzzles with eight pieces that can be used to complete a scene or used for stand-alone imaginative play with an included playmat. Environments for kids to explore will include the beach, a safari, and a playground.
- Educational exploration blocks sets will include a letters set (45 blocks painted with alphabet letters, color-coded vowels, and some chalkboard blocks in which kids can draw and write with chalk), a numbers set (36 blocks with numbers, color-coded math symbols, different textures, and some chalkboard blocks on which kids can write), and building sets with pieces designed to help children construct a city, various buildings, and different kinds of towers.
- Peg puzzles for sale include a 1 to 10 numbers puzzle, a shapes puzzle, an animals puzzle, an ocean life puzzle, and an ABC puzzle.
- A Take-Along Shape Sorting House comes with features like a small bead coaster, a handle for easy carrying, and a hinged roof that can open and close to make it easy for kids to store and retrieve the shapes for sorting, which include regular shapes as well as figures of Dot and Dash, the cartoon guides of PBS KIDS programming.
Each of these toys has been designed to provide young children with educational benefits ranging from physical/motor development, creative expression, and problem-solving skills to language skills, math skills, and science knowledge. In fall 2011, they will be available at other places online and in some brick-and-mortar stores.
PBS KIDS Shop online
Other products available at the newly launched PBS KIDS Shop online are themed to match some of the channel’s most popular children’s television shows for preschoolers, kindergartners, and older kids, such as Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, Super WHY, Dinosaur Train, Sesame Street, Sid the Science Kid, Caillou, Martha Speaks, World Girl, Arthur, Barney, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and Angelina Ballerina.
Families can find DVDs of these popular shows, as well as personalized clothing, party supplies, decor, plush, arts and crafts and other school supplies, books, and games. For example, in the Dinosaur Train section, parents can buy the new educational Dino Track Discovery Pack.
All purchases made at the PBS KIDS Shop online go to support public television and educational programming for children.
Other educational toys that fans of public television programs for children may enjoy include the Super WHY ABC Letter Game, the High-Flying Super WHY Action Figure, and the Dinosaur Train Dino Poop kit.
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