Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is a cute, exploratory game where kids can do a little pretend playing. It features the title character from the PBS Kids TV show. They can pretend to be a doctor, pretend they are putting Daniel Tiger to bed, or help him with his bathroom routine. It's a nice opportunity for parents to talk about some everyday routines and also about unfamiliar or unpleasant places like the doctor's office. There's also a sticker book to play with.
What kids can learn
- personal growth
- identifying emotions
Engagement, Approach, Support
Poking around Daniel Tiger's house can be fun for little ones who like to explore, experiment, and create. However, there's only so much to do, and kids may quickly exhaust the possibilities.
Within the actual app there's very little learning content -- most learning will come from adult-child interactions and conversations that the app inspires through exploration.
There isn't much to explain, as most play involves simple exploration ("tap here to see what happens"). Kids can save their sticker artwork in the camera roll. Suggestions for meaningful off-screen extensions would be nice.
What's it about?
In Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, kids can play three different scenarios: bedtime, bathroom, and doctor; there's also a sticker book activity. In the three scenarios, kids can pretend to be a doctor by giving Daniel a shot or pretend they're putting Daniel to sleep and tuck him in. Kids are free to explore the interactive elements, which are all fairly realistic (i.e. you can tap on the light switch to turn it off). The sticker book activity is a cute just-for-fun feature where kids can fill four different backgrounds with tons of stickers.
Is it any good?
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is a simple app that covers some basic topics appropriate for young kids. It's best as a shared activity, so parents can guide their kids through the brief activities and relate them back to everyday life. Otherwise, there's not too much going on with the activities themselves, and kids may lose interest if all they want to do is see what the interactive elements are.
When used together, the app can be a good conversation starter for parents to help kids understand their own routines and experiences, and also a good launching point for some old-fashioned pretend play. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is designed to empower parents and kids to create their own experience.
Families can talk about...
Play Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with your kids and go over their own routines.
Talk about other routines kids might have or other unfamiliar places, like getting ready for school.
Make up some scenarios and role play.