PBS KIDS DIGITAL SERIES OH NOAH! LAUNCHES NEW VIDEOS AND GAMES TO INTRODUCE KIDS TO SPANISH
CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO
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New OH NOAH! videos and first immersive language-learning game will be accessible on smartphones, tablets and computers on pbskids.org
The PBS KIDS digital series OH NOAH! is expanding its offerings with new animated videos and games that introduce Spanish in an entertaining way. Launching on April 30 – a day to honor and celebrate children known as “El Día de los Niños” – new OH NOAH! content will include an immersive language learning game, “Lost and Found,” and a new 11-minute video, “Making a Splash.” In addition, starting on April 30 all OH NOAH! content will be accessible on mobile and tablet devices.
If your kids are anything like little Gradie, they love spending time on your phone and/or tablet, so why not make it educational time spent while they take over your devices.
I am very interested in having Gradie learn a second language – and teaching them this second language young has significant cognitive benefits. Gradie is taking in absolutely EVERYTHING, she copies us with all we do, so what better time than right now to begin this journey.
“PBS KIDS is excited to offer families new content from OH NOAH! to help meet this need,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Media, PBS. “Digital properties like OH NOAH! are among PBS KIDS’ many resources that further our commitment to helping children learn and grow through curriculum-based media across platforms.”
Geared to kids ages 4-7, OH NOAH! features the comic misadventures of Noah, a young boy staying with his grandmother in a community where almost no one else speaks English. As he tries to learn Spanish and makes new friends, misunderstandings land him in wacky predicaments, but he always manages to rebound and cheerfully learn from his mistakes. Since its launch in spring 2011, OH NOAH! has attracted a strong and growing audience online and introduced new Latino lead characters to children’s media. Emmy Award-nominated OH NOAH! is produced by THIRTEEN for WNET, New York’s flagship public media provider, and funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
OH NOAH! provides children and their parents with a variety of ways to learn Spanish together with Noah, who is a charming and funny role model, who is joined on his adventures by his pet mouse—and fan favorite—Pequeño and an expanded cast of characters, including his new best friend Nell.
New content launching April 30 on Oh Noah! website will include:
- “Making a Splash,” a new 11-minute video: On a sweltering day, Brisa invites Noah and Nell to go swimming. Noah is hesitant because he can’t swim. With Nell’s encouragement, Noah decides to get swimming lessons, but because of a misunderstanding, Noah ends up performing tricks with a waterskiing team instead. After the ski team agrees to give him swimming lessons, Noah declares “¡Puedo nadar!” triumphantly.
- An interactive “Games in Video” version of the “Making a Splash” video that includes embedded language-learning mini-games.
- New short videos, including an extended version of the music video “Puedo nadar!” (“I can swim!”) and a highlight reel of Pequeño’s funniest moments from the series.
- “Lost and Found,” a new immersive language-learning game: Players join Noah and Nell on an interactive scavenger hunt. Players seek help from friends and neighbors to decipher Spanish words and locate missing objects, and encounter a series of fun mini-games along the way.
- OH NOAH! is now mobile-friendly and accessible through smartphones and tablets.
Educational resources related to the new video and games will be available for students and educators on PBS LearningMedia. In addition, a new printable family activity guide and other activities designed for use by parents and caregivers with their children will be available on the OH NOAH! and PBS Parents websites. The OH NOAH! website offers thirteen three-minute videos with an embedded “Match It” game that helps children learn vocabulary, as well as five other learning games. OH NOAH! videos are also accessible on the free PBS KIDS Video App, which is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.