STEAM Activity Book

Iowa PBS Activity Book Resources

Jan 3, 2020

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics

Welcome to the STEAM Activity Book website where you and your child can start your STEAM adventure or continue your learning together. The Educational Services staff at Iowa PBS has put together some online games to support you and your child’s learning.

 

Design Thinking

Is your child a problem solver? Do they like to see if they can make something better, bigger, or stronger than it is right now? Your child is using their design thinking skills. Design thinking is a creative approach to problem solving. It is a skill that everyone can do regardless of ability. Try some of the following online games that focus on building up your child’s ability to build simple structures, work with 3-D objects, identify parts, and use smaller parts to build larger systems. 

Online Games and Apps

Odd Squad: Down the Tubes

Odd Squad: Down the Tubes

Fix the tubes so the Odd Squad agents can go on missions.

Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Builda-ma-loo

Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Builda-ma-loo

Help Cat, Nick, and Sally paint some pictures with a Mixa-Mover.

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.

Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Marbleous Marvel Coaster​

Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That: Marbleous Marvel Coaster

Build a Marbleous Marvel Coaster for Sally and Nick to ride.

Ready Jet Go: Rocket Ship Creator

Ready Jet Go: Rocket Ship Creator

Work with Jet and build your own rocket ship.

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.

Ready Jet Go: Rover Maker

Ready Jet Go: Rover Maker

Build a rover to explore other planets. 

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.

Ready Jet Go: Base Builder

Ready Jet Go: Base Builder

Build an out-of-this world base for astronauts.


Plants and Animals

Everyone loves being outside seeing things grow and change with the seasons or visiting with their favorite animals at the zoo. Here are some games that can further your child’s curiosity about animals and their traits, animal behavior, and what plants need to live.

Online Games and Apps

Nature Cat: Park Builder

Nature Cat: Park Builder

Build a park with Nature Cat.

Nature Cat: Nature Art Box

Nature Cat: Nature Art Box

Make some amazing art from nature with Nature Cat.

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.

Wild Kratts: Animal Match

Wild Kratts: Animal Match

Use your memory skills to match animals from each continent around the world.

Wild Kratts: Aviva’s Power Suit Maker

Wild Kratts: Aviva’s Power Suit Maker

Give your favorite character the creature powers needed to get the job done.

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.


Early Reading 

Providing opportunities for your child to practice their reading skills is a great way to set them up for success in the future. The games below can further your child’s letter identification skills, build their vocabulary and strengthen their spelling ability.

Online Games and Apps

Sesame Street: Reading Adventures

Sesame Street: Reading Adventures

Read along with your favorite Sesame Street characters.

Sesame Street: Abby's Sandbox Search

Sesame Street: Abby's Sandbox Search

Search for letters in Abby’s sandbox.

 

Sesame Street: Words Are Everywhere

Sesame Street: Words Are Everywhere

Learn new words with your favorite Sesame Street characters.

Sesame Street: Word Play

Sesame Street: Word Play

Read along with your favorite Sesame Street characters.

SuperWhy!: Princess Presto’s Spectacular Spelling Play

SuperWhy!: Princess Presto’s Spectacular Spelling Play

Help Princess Presto put on a spelling play.

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.

SuperWhy!: Saves the Day

SuperWhy!: Saves the Day

Help Super WHY change the story.

Peg + Cat: The Perfect Ten Problem

Peg + Cat: The Perfect Ten Problem

Ramone hosts the Perfect 10 Show.

Peg + Cat: The Big Dog Problem

Peg + Cat: The Big Dog Problem

Peg and Cat get a really important job to do for Peg's mom.


Early Math 

Having your child think about math ideas in their everyday lives helps them see the importance of math and how it can be used to explain or solve problems. These games encourage your child’s curiosity about shapes and patterns, and strengthen their number identification and counting skills.

Online Games and Apps

Peg + Cat: Super Peg + Cat Guy

Peg + Cat: Super Peg + Cat Guy

Help Super Peg + Cat Guy fix Mathtropolis.

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.

Peg + Cat: Magical Shape Hunt

Peg + Cat: Magical Shape Hunt

Help Peg and Cat find Mermaid’s jewels.

Peg + Cat: Chicken Coop

Peg + Cat: Chicken Coop

Put the chickens in the chicken coop.

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.

Peg + Cat: The Highlight Zone

Peg + Cat: The Highlight Zone

Find the hidden objects to bring back the color.

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.

Peg + Cat: Baby Fox’s Big Machine

Peg + Cat: Baby Fox’s Big Machine

Help Baby Fox finish his big machine made out of toys.

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.

Peg + Cat: Chicken Blast Off

Peg + Cat: Chicken Blast Off

Help build spaceships for all of the animals on the farm.

Sesame Street: Shape Voyage

Sesame Street: Shape Voyage

Help sea captain Elmo get to Moby Pink.

Sesame Street: Telly’s Shape Coaster

Sesame Street: Telly’s Shape Coaster

Trace the shapes to make Telly's coaster track.

Odd Squad: Pienado

Odd Squad: Pienado

Fix the holes in the forcefield to capture the pies.

Ready Jet Go: Mindy’s Constellation Exploration

Ready Jet Go: Mindy’s Constellation Exploration

Help Mindy find the constellations in the night sky. 

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.


The World Around Us

Asking “why?” is every child’s favorite phrase. Has your child ever wondered why something sinks or floats? Why does the weather change from day-to-day? Why are the stars only visible at night? Investigating and observing what we see happening around us in our day-to-day life is something everyone does naturally, and kids are experts at these tasks. The games in this section will help your child explore the wonder of the world around them.

Online Games and Apps

Ready Jet Go: Mindy’s Constellation Exploration

Ready Jet Go: Mindy’s Constellation Exploration

Help Mindy find the constellations in the night sky.

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.

Sid the Science Kid: Snowflake Match

Sid the Science Kid: Snowflake Match

Match up the snowflake halfs to make one snowflake.

Available in the PBS KIDS Game App.