Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel

Common Sense Media says

Simple game gets kids talking about everyday activities.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Overall, the activities are intuitive to use. The app is meant for exploratory play, so it does not give much instruction. The interactive elements can overlap and interrupt each other, so parents may need to help tap-happy kids be more patient.

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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

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination

Self-Direction

  • personal growth

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

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 kids can learn

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination

Self-Direction

  • personal growth

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions

Kids can learn about bedtime and bathroom routines and about going to the doctor. For the first two, kids can think about how they like to go to bed or what they do in the bathroom. Do they like to sleep with a night light on? Do they remember to flush? While these two activities are more exploratory, the doctor activity offers a bit more content. It shows kids some common doctor's tools and briefly explains what they do in kid-friendly terms. Even so, the activities lean on parents to continue the conversation. Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is a fun starting point for parents to teach their kids about common topics.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:August 30, 2012
Category:Education
Size:36.50 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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