Outdoor Family Fun with Plum
by: PBS KIDS • 13
Instead of having your kids locked up behind a computer or mobile screen, PBS Kids has a different thing in mind: why not have them look at the beautiful natural world around them? In Outdoor Family Fun with Plum for the Android and iOS, PBS Kids will invite your kid to complete a new mission each day, employing their smartphone or tablet’s camera to snap shots, such as five places to recycle, take selfies with insects, and the best places to play tag at the park, among others. Your child can also select from a handful of missions available.
I was impressed not only by this app’s unique approach to getting your child outside, but also in how the 150+ missions truly foster a desire to be outside, especially in this post-millennial generation. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to pick-up and play, the graphics are solid, and missions are fun.
Yet, from one parent to another, you’ll have to be actively involved with your child as they use this app, as it doesn’t specifically tell children to not wander off alone, which could be dangerous.
May 25, 2017
Does your family have a few minutes at the bus stop or 15 minutes to play outside? Try a mission from Plum and start building a healthy habit! Spending time outdoors has many benefits and nature is all around – you just have to look!
Get ready for some Outdoor Family Fun with Plum! This app offers daily activities that will get your family outside, exploring your neighborhood and learning about nature. It's part of PLUM LANDING, a PBS KIDS project that helps kids develop a love for this amazing and beautiful planet we call home.
• 150+ unique missions to explore your neighborhood’s plants, animals, weather, and more
• Hundreds of tips to help your family talk about nature and science
• New missions and achievement badges that unlock as you use the app
• Digital tools to help your family observe and interact with nature
• Daily sets of suggested missions to try
• Progress tracker to look back on missions and achievements
For more learning adventures with Plum, visit pbskids.org/plumlanding
For more apps from PBS KIDS, visit pbskids.org/apps
About Plum Landing
Outdoor Family Fun with Plum is based on the PBS KIDS project PLUM LANDING. Targeting kids ages 6 to 9, PLUM LANDING is developed by WGBH, producers of award-winning kids programs such as ARTHUR, CURIOUS GEORGE and MARTHA SPEAKS. WGBH worked closely with advisors and families to develop this app.
About PBS KIDS
Outdoor Family Fun with Plum is part of PBS KIDS’ ongoing commitment to helping kids build the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and digital media, as well as community-based programs.
Across all media platforms, PBS KIDS is committed to creating a safe and secure environment for children and families and to being transparent about what information is collected from users.
The Outdoor Family Fun with Plum app collects anonymous, aggregated analytics data for the purpose of improving the app experience—for example, determining which missions are more popular in general. No personally identifiable data is collected. Photos collected by this app are stored locally on your device as part of the explicit functionality of the app. The app does not send this information over a network. PBS KIDS does not see any photos taken by this app.
Major funding for PLUM LANDING is provided by the National Science Foundation and The Kendeda Fund: furthering the values that contribute to a healthy planet.
PLUM LANDING is produced by WGBH. This PLUM LANDING material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1516466. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.