Daniel Tiger for Parents

App review by
Dana Villamagna, Common Sense Media
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Grr-ific songs and videos in two languages.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational value

Kids can learn how to identify and express emotions with their parent or caregiver's help. Through memorable songs, adorable videos, and useful conversation starters, a caring adult can help a preschooler learn emotional vocabulary, self-awareness, self-expression, and how to move beyond common obstacles in the lives of little ones. 

Ease of play

Very easy to use. Choose a general category, then a song or video related to a specific situation that your kid is struggling with or that you need some parent tips about.

Violence & scariness
Sexy stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Daniel Tiger for Parents pairs songs and videos from Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood with tips for parents to help kids grow socially and emotionally. To support their preschool-age kids through common life situations, parents can use the songs, videos, and more than 90 "conversation starters" on this free app. Parents can compile a favorites song list, add photos, and choose English or Spanish and more on this simple yet powerful social-emotional learning (SEL) app. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use DANIEL TIGER FOR PARENTS, parents begin by choosing a subject from among six main categories: feelings, self-control, responsibility, confidence, new experiences, and kindness. For example, tap "Feelings," read a brief parent tip, and then choose from the 11 currently listed feelings resources for various situations, including feeling sad, using your words, and more. Once you make a selection, you can hear the song or play the video. Tap the heart icon to save it. "Discover Way to Use This Song" gives more talking points to use with your child. You also can take a picture with your child and allow push notifications to find out when new songs or videos are added. 

Is it any good?

Parents, this app is like having a preschool whisperer right in your phone -- for free. Daniel Tiger for Parents includes more than 20 songs, 60 video clips, and 90 conversation starters to help parents and caregivers sing and talk with kids about social and emotional growth through common preschool-age situations. From a new baby at home to potty training, Daniel Tiger can help parents help kids through these tricky times with memorable songs, sweet videos, and expertly crafted conversation starters. It's another excellent resource from PBS and the Fred Rogers Institute and a must-have app for parents of preschoolers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Daniel Tiger and his family handle a certain situation that your family also may be experiencing as you use Daniel Tiger for Parents. Encourage your kid to use specific feeling words.

  • Use the helpful conversation starters for specific language to discuss an area of growth with your child.

  • Next time your child has a difficult situation that you're trying to help them work through, try making up your own song, the way Daniel Tiger and his parents do.

  • Use our tips and reviews to find other media to foster character strengths.

App details

For kids who love apps and TV shows about empathy

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