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What online activities does PBS Kids offer?

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PBS Kids offers videos, games, a writing contest, a cartoon making studio and Ruff Ruffman, an interactive project that promotes digital literacy in children. The games featured on the website are based on television shows that are a part of the PBS Kids network.

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Videos on the PBS Kids website are sorted into categories such as Curious George, Wild Kratts, Odd Squad and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Each category contains videos from the related show, including clips and full episodes. A user can also sort videos by topic if she is looking for a video with a specific theme.

Games on the website include "Kart Kingdom," "Caillou the Architect," "Help Clifford," "Acorn Arcade" and "Down the Tubes." Games are sorted into categories such as new games, popular games, engineering games and feelings games. There is also a list of hard games for kids looking for a challenge.

PBS Kids hosts a writing contest each winter and spring. Contests are held by local PBS stations. Parents and teachers can find out if their local station is hosting a contest via the website. As of 2015, prizes include a tablet computer, "Arthur" books and a $75 gift card.

The cartoon making studio allows a user to make her own cartoon by building characters and adding scenes and music. Users can also watch cartoons created by other users.

Ruff Ruffman is an award-winning program designed to teach children digital literacy. This section of the PBS Kids site includes videos and interactive activities that encourage children to learn how to take photos, text and search the web while keeping their personal information safe.

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