What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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?