PBS KIDS New Dinosaur Train Apps FREE to Head Start Centers

Do you have a Dinosaur Train fan in your house? PBS KIDS has announce two new mobile apps that immerse kids in Buddy’s pre-historic world while teaching math skills like sorting and counting and use high tech features like virtual reality. Based on the popular DINOSAUR TRAIN series produced by The Jim Henson Company, the apps are designed to help kids ages 3 to 5 years.

Dinosaur Train apps

All Aboard the Dinosaur Train! (for iPad) The Dinosaur Train is getting ready to leave and needs passengers so children need to match the passengers with the right train cars. This challengs them to problem-solve by estimating dinosaur sizes and comparing them with the train cars’ capacity. The two-player mode lets kids play with a friend, sibling or caregiver. All Aboard the Dinosaur Train! is available for $1.99 from the App Store.

Dinosaur Train apps

Dinosaur Train Camera Catch! (for iPhone) The latest PBS KIDS app to utilize virtual reality, this app challenges players to snap photos of flying dinosaurs by moving their iPhone around. Kids “catch” the dinosaurs with their phone’s camera function in a designated pattern, building patterning skills. Dinosaur photos will be stored in a child’s private gallery. The Dinosaur Train Camera Catch! App is available for $1.99 from the App Store.

PBS KIDS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) are collaborating in a first-of-its-kind initiative to provide these apps at no cost to Head Start centers and other organizations in under-served communities nationwide. This partnership is aimed to bridge the “app gap” as recent research has shown that access to computers, smartphones and tablets is much less prevalent in lower-income households, limiting children’s exposure to educational apps.

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