pbskids-wordquestA new game is launching today on the PBS site It’s an online scavenger hunt that uses characters and video clips from the TV shows “Electric Company,” “Martha Speaks” and “Word Girl.”

The site is aimed at kids 6 to 8, but isn’t babyish at all. We hear that many adults like playing along if their language skills need a brush-up.

You earn points as you complete quests, then use them to watch video clips and play games on the site. We weren’t familiar with “Martha Speaks,” a really cute show about a talking dog. The site also has “mad lib” type games, hangman, refrigerator-magnet play, and lots of other fun stuff. A progress tracker lets parents know what skills their child is developing.

Our high-speed Internet connection can be really slow, so we experienced several “screen loading” waits, but no more than is typical at these media-rich sites. Also check out

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