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PBS KIDS Plug & Play HDMI Streaming Stick

PBS KIDS Plug & Play HDMI Streaming Stick

Fall 2017 Toys
Ages: 2 & Up
Manufacturer: PBS Kids
Price: $49.99

PBS Kids Plug and Play HDMI Streaming Stick is like Roku or Firestick for kids. It is a car-shaped, WiFi-ready play stick that fits into your television's HDMI port. It comes with a small, kid-friendly remote control, power supply, HDMI extension cable, micro USB cable, users' manual, warranty card, two AAA batteries, and Kart Kingdom eCard.

The Plug and Play comes pre-loaded with educational apps and games that children and families can play even without access to WiFi. There is a sing-along app; the Sound Box for experimenting with music and sounds; Road Trip Adventure, an interactive board game that resembles a cross between I Spy and Charades; Rail Riders, a find-the-object game, and so forth. Of course, the main purpose of the Plug and Play is the video streaming function through which children have 24/7 access to educational programming via the PBS Kids video app.

Although parents have ultimate control over their children's usage of the Plug and Play, children still feel a sense of control and autonomy as they use their own remote control to select the content they want to explore. And, they get to feel like "big kids" while parents can rest easy that they won't gain access to inappropriate content.

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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