PBS Kids Launches Sid The Science Kid Read & Play For iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch



 Produced by The Jim Henson Company, New SID THE SCIENCE KID Read & Play App Promotes Early Science Exploration

PBS KIDS announced that a new storybook app, SID THE SCIENCE KID Read & Play App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, is now available on the App Store.  Based on the animated preschool series SID THE SCIENCE KID from The Jim Henson Company, and developed by iStoryTime, SID THE SCIENCE KID Read & Play features two storybooks, jokes, games, sing-along music videos, coloring pages and more, all aimed at developing early science exploration.


“Children are using our content on mobile devices more and more; we serve over half of our video streams on mobile. More than 74 million videos were streamed on the PBS KIDS Video App in June, accounting for 56% of PBS KIDS’ total streams for the month*,” said Jason Seiken, Senior Vice President, Interactive, Product Development, and Innovation, PBS. “With so many families turning to PBS for high-quality, educational content on mobile, we are excited to offer a robust app with a variety of interactive features.”

“Our mission is to offer engaging media content for children to prepare them for success in school and in life, and helping them learn about science is a core piece of that early learning puzzle,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children’s Media, PBS. “The SID THE SCIENCE KID Read & Play App brings scientific concepts to life for kids in a way that is relatable and engaging. From learning about germs to discovering the five senses, the app encourages children to explore their world and find out that science is all around them.”

The SID THE SCIENCE KID Read & Play App features:

  • Two Storybooks:
    • “The Trouble with Germs”: Follow along as Sid discovers why he has to wash his hands to get rid of germs. While Sid can’t see them, his mom shows him a picture through a powerful microscope to explain that those itty bitty things do exist and can make him sick.
    • “What’s That Smell?”: Sid finds out that smells, while invisible, are molecules that can pass through the air even without wind. That’s what allows him to smell his dad’s favorite pancakes, flowers and even his baby brother Zeke’s diaper (ewwww!).
  • Sing-Along Music Videos: Parents and children can sing along to songs from the show!
  • Coloring Book: Color different scenes and then save, or share or print them.
  • I Sense: In this fun interactive game, kids practice what they know about senses by identifying traits of different objects based on how they feel, smell, sound and look.
  • Sticker Book: Select from three separate scenes with different objects and characters for little ones to build their own scene. They can be saved to the photo album and shared with friends and family.
  • Spot the Difference: What’s different in each image? Kids see if they have an eagle eye and can spot the differences between two images.
  • Narration Options: Choose from Read to Me, Read to Myself and Auto Play.

The SID THE SCIENCE KID Read & Play App is available for $3.99 from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore.

PBS KIDS offers 18 apps, available in the App Store, covering curricular areas ranging from literacy and science to math and more.  Through mobile applications, as well as online games, classroom resources, on-air programming, and curriculum-based toys, PBS KIDS offers educational content to all of America’s children, wherever they live, learn and play.  More information about PBS KIDS’ apps is available on pbskids.org/mobile.

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