PBS KIDS, which provides connected learning for children, announced Monday the launch of its first tablet: the Playtime Pad.
Produced by Ematic, the 16 GB kids’ tablet provides a one-stop destination for PBS KIDS’ educational content, with more than 25 games and 120 video clips and music videos pre-loaded, along with 100+ hours of video on the PBS KIDS Video App. Other apps such as PBS KIDS ScratchJr and PBS Parents Play and Learn are also included.
The Playtime Pad features a front-and-back camera and a Paint Box coloring app that encourages kids to flex their creative skills. The tablet is kidSAFE Coppa-certified, and includes controls that enable parents to customize the device for each of their children, set limits on screen time using a play timer and manage what kids can access.
The debut of the Playtime Pad extends PBS KIDS’ work in the digital space, which includes a collection of content, such as more than 30 learning apps and pbskids.org.
The company says it will soon launch a free 24-hour channel and livestream delivered by PBS member stations, which will be accessible across platforms, including the Playtime Pad.
One-hundred percent of the net proceeds PBS receives from purchases of the PBS KIDS Playtime Pad will support PBS KIDS’ mission to empower children to succeed in school and in life.
The PBS KIDS Playtime Pad will be available starting November 6 at Best Buy stores and on bestbuy.com for $79.99, on walmart.com and on shop.pbskids.org. PBS KIDS is an educational media brand for kids.