Daniel Tiger's Day and Night

 

Learning(i)

Friendly Tiger helps kids with morning, evening routines.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Large clickable fields, gentle audio, and visual nudges help young users. There's no natural end to any of the tasks, so kids (or parents) will have to click elsewhere.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Totally private; there's no way for kids to click out of the app. All content is safe and age-appropriate.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Daniel Tiger’s Day and Night is a cute, easy-to-use app that introduces kids to morning and evening routines. Routines covered include getting ready for school in the morning and getting ready for bed at night. Kids are asked to do tasks that are likely to apply to most families: getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth, and taking a bath. This app is a good early introduction for kids who may have problems with organization and paying attention to their daily routines. It may also be helpful for kids who have social issues and need a structured way to begin their day. There's also a five-minute-timer tool that can play a tooth-brushing song.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • logic
  • prediction
  • problem solving

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Daniel Tiger is impossibly cute, and the graphics are clean and appealing. The simple games are age-appropriate. Little ones are likely to enjoy visiting Daniel Tiger's house again and again.

Learning Approach

Kids gain familiarity with daily, real-life routines, but the app doesn't offer a natural end to the tasks. Also, routines are strictly related to home life -- the app could address school routines as well, but it doesn't.

Support

Interacting with Daniel Tiger is easy for kids to learn. The app gives a gentle hint if they take too long to make a selection. Kids can move Daniel Tiger through his routine even without completing some necessary tasks.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making
  • logic
  • prediction
  • problem solving

Kids can get familiar with following a routine as they help Daniel Tiger get ready for school in the morning and go to bed at night. Kids also can learn that the main parts of their daily routines are pretty universal. For example, just about everyone eats breakfast and brushes their teeth in the morning. Also, the app gives kids a fun way to make sure they brush their teeth for a whole two minutes, as recommended by the American Dental Association. Daniel Tiger's Day and Night is an engaging way for kids to learn beginning- and end-of-the-day routines, but it misses out on the time in-between.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mieke VanderBorght

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What's it about?

It's morning time, and Daniel Tiger needs to get ready for school. Help him wake up and listen to a song about the tasks he needs to do. Then help him get ready: get dressed, eat breakfast, brush his teeth, and put on his shoes. Later, it's nighttime and Daniel Tiger needs to get ready for bed. Help him take a bath, brush his teeth, put on his PJs, read a book, and go to sleep. As kids play, each task has an interactive component, and some have imaginative extras (kids can watch a pancake dance or color Daniel's pajamas).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Daniel Tiger is impossibly cute, and his parents are gentle and loving as they guide him through preparations for school and bed. He's a great role model for many youngsters. Indeed, kids likely will be drawn to finding out what Daniel Tiger does in his house and compare it to their own routines.

Though the song about getting ready stresses that there's an order to things (and rightly so: you generally eat breakfast before brushing your teeth), kids can do the tasks in any order they want. They can also get Daniel to school without completing all the tasks (like getting dressed). This could prove a bit misleading for some kids and may prompt discussion. Also, the routine doesn't cover everything a kid might do. For instance, Daniel Tiger doesn't have to go potty (or get a diaper change). The five-minute-timer function can be uniquely helpful for brushing teeth when it's set for two minutes, using the tooth-brushing song option.

Families can talk about...

  • Talk about the other things your kids do in their routines.

  • Have your kids practice doing everything on Daniel Tiger's list.

  • Talk about the importance of order in a daily routine. Why must some parts happen in order, whereas others are more flexible?

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:August 29, 2013
Category:Education
Topics:Great boy role models, Great girl role models
Size:480.00 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.1 or later

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