Family Resources


Find resources, including hands-on-activities, apps, and videos, that families can use with their children to support literacy development and explore science in their everyday lives. All children are born scientists because they are naturally curious. The resources will help families nurture this curiosity by encouraging children to explore, notice, investigate, make predictions, and ask questions to help them learn about their world. Some of the resources are designed for use in the home and some can be used in a community based setting where families gather to explore together.

  • Ruffet Recipe Cards - Activity | The Ruff Ruffman Show

    Encourage children to explore core science concepts in this activity based on The Ruff Ruffman Show! In this activity, find a simple recipe in a magazine, a cookbook or online; then head to the kitchen for a delicious experiment!

    As you prepare, mix, heat or chill the ingredients, predict how your food will change. How will it look? How will it taste? Were your predictions correct? Continue trying new recipes. Write them down on our printable cards on the next page and share them with your family for years to come. 

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Ruff and Smooth Scavenger Hunt - Activity | The Ruff Ruffman Show

    Encourage children to explore core science concepts in this activity based on The Ruff Ruffman Show! From a prickly pinecone to a soft sweater, everything we touch has texture. How many textures can you find inside or outside of your house? Race the clock or race a friend with this printable scavenger hunt.

    Grades: K,2,13+
  • Ruff Plushie & Game - Activity | The Ruff Ruffman Show

    Encourage children to explore core science concepts in this activity based on The Ruff Ruffman Show! Make your own Ruff plushie — then slide him across the floor to win points! 

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Build a Better Birdhouse - Activity | The Ruff Ruffman Show

    Encourage children to explore core science concepts in this activity based on The Ruff Ruffman Show! After a birdbath mishap, Ruff wonders if a different column would make it stronger. Which shape would support the most weight?

    Grades: K-2,13+
  • Block Cards - PBS KIDS ScratchJr | RTL 2015-2020

    This deck of cards is designed to support offline explorations of the PBS KIDS ScratchJr blocks and the concepts of sequencing and decomposition.

    Grades: PreK-2,13+
  • How-To Cards - PBS KIDS ScratchJr | RTL 2015-2020

    These How-to Cards introduce multiple pathways and features designed to help users get started using PBS KIDS ScratchJr.

    Grades: PreK-2,13+

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