PBS KIDS is continuing to strengthen its presence in the kids wearable tech space category with the launch of a free app for new sound-making smart device Moff Band.
The app, PBS KIDS Party, encourages physical activity while also offering a unique digital experience. Targeting kids five to eight, the app syncs up with Android and Apple smart phones or tablets via Bluetooth and includes four games: Dance, Your Sounds, Piñata and Numbers.
In Dance, kids can freestyle to a variety of musical genres like country, disco, hip-hop, or play the follow-along game. Next, the Your Sounds game allows kids to record their own music, which they can play back by moving their arms. There’s also Piñata, where kids can either simply swing to break piñatas or see how many they can break against a timer, and in Numbers, game play involves tapping to pop balloons, blast off a rocket and more.
The smart toy craze, particularly in the kids wearable tech realm, has taken off in recent months. Moff Band, for one, recently launched following a highly successful Kickstarter crowd funding campaign. Disney also made noise earlier this year when it released wearable toy Playmation, which lets kids play both digitally and physical with Avengers, and soon Frozen and Star Wars characters, too.