Ruff Ruffman Family Activities


Kids enjoy learning along with their favorite PBS KIDS characters while watching PBS KIDS programs. These activities based on The Ruff Ruffman Show will help families keep the learning going when the screen is off. Each activity is aligned to both the learning goals and the story of an episode or group of related episodes.

Watch a show, play a game, do a hands-on activity, read a related book to reinforce learning and keep the fun going!

  • 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+
  • 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+
  • 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+
  • 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+

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