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Thanks for joining us for our virtual family event!  We’ve gathered some of our favorite Ruff Ruffman activities for you to explore with your young learners. We can’t wait to see you at our next virtual family workshops!

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Are you an educator? Check out our Michigan state standards-aligned lesson plans for Playing With Shadows, Sounds, Force and Motion, and Mixtures. 

Ruff Ruffman Printables

Can your child find these shapes around their school or neighborhood? Have them draw a picture of the shape and where they found it.

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For this printable, your child will help Fluff decide what he should wear on a sunny day versus on a cold, winter day.

Come Play With Mixtures Extension Activity

Since we spent some time learning about mixtures, give your young scientist an opportunity to create their own story of how they used kitchen science and create a Cookie Cookbook.

Ruffet Recipe Cards

In this activity, find a simple recipe in a magazine, a cookbook or online; then head to the kitchen for a delicious experiment!

As you prepare, mix, heat or chill the ingredients, predict how your food will change. How will it look? How will it taste? Were your predictions correct? Continue trying new recipes. Write them down on our printable cards and share them with your family for years to come.

Kid-Approved Ruff Ruffman Games and Apps

Detroit PBS Kid MateoWe asked our good buddy, Mateo, to test some Ruff Ruffman interactive activities. Here are his top picks:

Ruff's Cookie Creator (Game)

Your little ones can continue to explore kitchen chemistry with Ruff’s Cookie Creator. In this digital game, they are challenged to create their favorite cookie recipe. Children can experiment to find out how different combinations of ingredients and different cooking times affect the taste and texture of the cookies they bake.

Photo Stuff with Ruff (App)

Inspire your child to discover what the “stuff” in his or her world is made of. In this camera-based experience, your child will learn about science by exploring his or her surroundings and taking pictures of different materials to complete silly scenes. Play it together and record and share your observations in fun, creative ways!

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The Michigan Learning Channel is a statewide public television partnership offering free instructional content to support the education of students and to provide alternative resources for families and teachers.

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Bright By Text

Bright By Text offers parents and caregivers expert tips and resources for children prenatal to 5, right at their fingertips. In addition to expert content, Bright by Text includes messages about events and resources specific to the Detroit community, like free museum days, health clinics, and preschool open enrollment periods. To sign up, parents and caregivers can text the word “DETROITPBS” to 274448 or click here.

PBS Kids for Parents

Whether exploring science on a family walk, testing out math skills by measuring ingredients for dinner, or strengthening self-awareness and self-esteem by listening to family stories, PBS Kids for Parents is committed to supporting you with parent advice and learning activities that will help your child thrive this year — in school or at home.

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