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Learning Snacks

Each week we’re packing up some smart treats for hungry minds of all ages! Kids, parents, caregivers and educators will all find something enlightening for the most curious appetite.

  • The holiday season is a time for joy and togetherness but can also be a time when we feel most stressed. As the days get busier, make sure to focus on your physical and mental health. It’s a good time to teach our kids that a healthy holiday is a happy holiday!
  • This year during the winter holidays, we’re hoping to spend more time with friends and family (which means more time in the kitchen!). Cooking with your kids is a great way to bring family closer together and learn all kinds of lessons about science, math and creativity. Just like Donkey Hodie, your children can learn to love trying new things and taking risks.

    Join Donkey Hodie and her pals as they teach children how to be resilient and build confidence. New episodes are available to stream online.
  • The holidays are here and that means observing long-held family traditions and creating new memories. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to practice gratitude, kindness and generosity. Try one of these family-friendly Thanksgiving ideas to get in the spirit, and perhaps be of service to others, too.
  • November 13 is World Kindness Day. Celebrate with brand-new episodes of Let’s Go Luna! from November 15-19! Join Carmen, Andy, Leo, and Luna as they travel to five new global destinations while learning about the art, food, and culture that make these locations, and the people who live there, special.

    Just as Luna and her friends spread kindness around the world, you can do the same during a walk around your neighborhood.

  • Native American Heritage Month honors indigenous peoples living in the United States before the arrival of Europeans. Throughout November, PBS KIDS will celebrate with all new episodes of Molly of Denali! The premiere features Elizabeth Peratovich, Alaska Native Civil Rights leader, as she teaches Molly about diversity and the history of indigenous people in the United States.

    Check the schedules for Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and our CPTV Spirit channel for more programming that celebrates the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories, and learning resources.

  • Ghosts, pumpkins, and candy, OH MY! With Halloween right around the corner, you can find all sorts of ways to celebrate. Did you know Halloween wasn’t always about candy and costumes? Watch this video to learn the history of the holiday.

    Try some creepy crafts and ghostly games leading up to the 31st, and join us for Family Night with Spooky Stories on PBS KIDS 24/7 October 29, 30, and 31, 2021 from 7 to 10 p.m.

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Delivered on Thursdays | Parents and educators with students at home, this one’s for you. Each week we’ll bring you a rich collection of multi-media educational resources from Connecticut Public, PBS and other public media to keep your kids engaged and enhance their learning experience

  • Learning Snacks
    Math shapes the world around us in so many ways! After school is a great time for students to apply math problem-solving skills, which are so important to your student’s development.

    Even the youngest children can play in ways that encourage natural curiosity and build understanding of numbers and how they work. Peg + Cat follows a girl and her wacky cat sidekick as they encounter everyday challenges that require math problem-solving skills. 

    And don't miss the family classic holiday special "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" on CPTV and PBS KIDS 24/7 October 24, 2021.
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    No matter where you live, you share your neighborhood with fascinating plants and animals. Get outside and go exploring! Learning to observe the world around us sparks our curiosity and inspires the imagination. Fall is a great time to spend with friends and family on an adventure of discovery — and you don’t need to travel much farther than your own backyard. And when you’re ready for snack time, here’s a kid-friendly recipe for apple “donuts.”
  • Learning Snacks
    There’s a chill in the air, which means we’ll all be spending more time indoors soon. It’s a good time to reinforce healthy habits — like the simple, but very effective, act of handwashing. Children will learn that keeping ourselves healthy is a form of self-care, and it’s a way to take care of others, too.
  • Learning Snacks
    While Connecticut Public is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with these special programs for older learners and adults, we’re most excited to introduce everyone in the family to PBS KIDS' latest new program, Alma’s Way, premiering October 4 on PBS KIDS 24/7! Alma Rivera is a proud Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx with her parents and little brother. In each episode, Alma offers a window into her everyday life, which includes her close-knit and loving family, friends and neighbors. The series is created by actor and writer Sonia Manzano, who positively impacted the lives of generations as “Maria” on Sesame Street. All Alma’s Way episodes, games and activities will be available on-demand in both Spanish and English.
  • Learning Snacks
    The new school year introduces us to lots of new people, and lots of opportunities to make new friends. Being a good friend means sharing, caring, including others, and playing nicely together.

    Find all curated Back-To-School Resources like games, videos, teaching tips and tools for parents and educators on our website, and live stream PBS KIDS at ctpublic.org.
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    Each school year is an exciting time of transition — for students, parents and educators — and settling in to new routines takes time and extra patience, with others and with ourselves. This week, instead of the usual "snacks," we’re spreading out a big buffet of resources that can help you and your favorite students manage all those feelings and get into a healthy, productive groove.
  • Learning Snacks
    For most students, the first week of school is under their belt, but it can be hard to get back into a routine. Check out these resources to help your learners adjust to the classroom, especially after a year of learning at home! And parents are invited to join PBS KIDS tonight (Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 8 p.m.) for a live webinar about building strong parent-teacher relationships to help your students succeed. Click here to register.
  • Learning Snacks
    Labor Day is celebrated every year on the first Monday in September, and while most students know it as the first day off from school, the holiday commemorates important steps in the fight for workers’ rights in the United States. Learn about what Labor Day is, why it’s important, and the people who fought for the rights of workers.
  • Learning Snacks
    August 31 is National Diatomaceous Earth Day, and it’s worth celebrating even if you can’t pronounce "diatomaceous." Diatoms – the single-celled organisms that make diatomaceous earth – are sometimes considered the “lungs of earth,” providing more than three-quarters of earth’s new oxygen. Ancient people have used it for cave painting in France, the Greeks used it as a lightweight construction material, and today it’s used in innumerable ways across many industries. Let’s take a look.
  • Learning Snacks
    Picking the right outfit for the first day of school is always tough – for little ones, getting ready for school can be a new part of the morning routine, and as we grow up, our clothing helps us express who we are. Try on these resources about fashion, and don’t forget to double-knot your shoelaces!