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PBS KIDS Playtime Pad - 7

PBS KIDS Playtime Pad - 7" - Tablet - 16GB

Fall 2017 Toys
Ages: 2 & Up
Manufacturer: PBS KIDS
Price: $79.99
Review:

The PBS Kids Playtime Pad is a 7" HD, kid-safe tablet that comes pre-loaded with over twenty-five educational games and over 120 PBS Kids video clips, songs, and music videos. The Android tablet comes with a silicone case, USB cable, wall charger, quick start guide, and parents' guide. In addition, the tablet can be used to access live PBS Kids television programs such as Daniel Tiger, Curious George, Arthur, and more. It's easy to set up, and easy to use.

The tablet includes features such as a multi-touch screen, front- and rear-facing camera and a music app that plays educational songs (e.g., geometry, the five senses, pronouns, etc.). There are many games featuring popular PBS Kids characters such as Super Why's Book Jumble, in which children answer questions to fix books that have fallen off the shelf and Park Building that has children collect and plant seeds to grow their own parks.

The tablet also comes preloaded with PBS Kids ScratchJr, an introductory coding app designed for children aged five through six. They snap together programming blocks to make characters, move, sing, and so forth. This app not only teaches coding basics, but also problem-solving, logic, sequencing, and analytical thinking.

As one would expect, playing games uses far less battery life than streaming video. The parental controls allow you to approve or block content and apps; and, they also allow you to set daily time limits and acceptable time frames, with multiple profiles. The PBS Kids Playtime Pad is a kid-safe, parent-friendly alternative to more expensive more mature tablets.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.


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