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 This month support kindness and empathy with LPB and PBS KIDS resources.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month! Get the whole family involved by seeing how many of these kind acts your family can cross off! Looking for ways to encourage your child to be kind? Go on a kindess adventure featuring a monster who "loses his mean" and more stories featuring compassionate characters.

Grr-ific Feelings App

The parenting conundrum is clear — how are parents to sift through all these apps to find one or two truly educational apps to download for kids to use? How many of these apps have undergone rigorous testing to determine that kids actually learn what is being taught? How do parents accomplish the impossible?

We do what Fred Rogers taught: “Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job,” he said. “Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds.”

Researchers tested what would happen if kids used @danieltigertv's ""Grr-ific Feelings"" app each weekday for two weeks. Find out their four biggest findings.

Want to try it out? Get the app here.

How to Teach Your Child to Be An “Includer”

While many bully prevention programs aim to put an end to negative behaviors in a classroom setting, empowering kids to act as “includers” helps them both in school and beyond.

WILD KRATTS: Creepy Creatures

Happy ""howl""-oween from PBS KIDS and @wildkrattsofficial! In this one-hour Halloween special, The Kratt Brothers uncover some of the creepiest creature powers on the planet! Heading off to find these new animals friends, Martin and Chris don't realize that Zach and the other villains have come up with a plan to ruin Halloween. Can the Wild Kratts defeat the villains and still get to celebrate Halloween? How many creepy creature facts can your little one discover? Tune in October 22nd at 7 AM and 2:30 PM on LPB or 6 PM on LPBKIDS!

Tricks for a Fun and Healthy Halloween


Planning halloween for your child doesn't have to be scary! Team up with other parents or get older kids involved to make the most of a spooktacular celebration! Parents, what are your tips for a happy and healthy halloween?

PBS KIDS Pumpkin Carving Templates

Did you know that the tradition of pumpkin carving actually started out with turnips, rutabagas and beets? Put your own PBS KIDS spin on whichever root vegetables you decide to use with these carving templates!

 Family Night - Kindness and Halloween on PBS KIDS

Tune in October 5-7 on LPBKIDS starting at 6 PM for the PBS KIDS Family Night Maraton celebrating kindness with a special episode line up from SPLASH & BUBBLESSESAME STREETDANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD and ARTHUR. What does it mean to be kind? Explore this idea when you tune in to this week’s PBS KIDS Family Night Kindness Marathon and after when you create this kindness tree.

On October 12-14 get ready for a night of spooky fun on this weekend’s PBS KIDS Family Night SpecialTHE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT HALLOWEEN when you make your very own Handprint Spider with these instructions from PBS KIDS for Parents.

October 19-21 is PBS KIDS FAMILY NIGHT Super Spooky Halloween Marathon. Do you have your Halloween costumes yet? PBS KIDS for Parents has all kinds of DIY costume suggestions, including some from your favorite PBS KIDS shows. (You might want to give them a test run when you tune in to this weekend’s PBS KIDS Family Night Super Spooky Halloween Marathon.)

On October 26-28, PBS KIDS Family Night Double Feature movies, ARTHUR AND THE HAUNTED TREEHOUSE, features a sleepover. If your kids are excited about the idea of having a sleepover but aren’t quite ready, ARTHUR has a daytime activity you can use to practice before you try the real thing.

I hope all of you have a wonderful and safe Halloween! Thank you for raising kind and emphathetic children--it's so important!

Take care,
Nancy Tooraen
ntooraen@lpb.org