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What parents need to know
What's it about?
In DANIEL TIGER'S STOP & GO POTTY kids play blocks or a water game with Daniel and his friend Katerina. When one starts wiggling, it's time to pause the play session for a potty break. Tap on the potty icon and help Daniel or Katerina open the potty seat, take toilet paper, flush, and wash hands. When finished, kids go back to their play session and see that everything is there waiting for them. Kids can also help change baby Margaret's diaper or sing along with the simple ditty: "When you have to go potty, stop and go right away. Flush and wash and be on your way."
Is it any good?
Daniel and Katerina gently promote the simple message that when you gotta go, you gotta go. Through a super-simple and catchy song and lots of explicit dialogue, Daniel and Katerina clearly make the case that whatever fun activity kids are doing will be right there waiting for them when they get back from the bathroom, and Baby Margaret is a nice point of comparison for kids to mark how they're not babies anymore. The two "big kids" also guide kids through the steps of going to the bathroom: potty, wipe, wash hands, and go. While the two games -- block building and water play -- are fun, they're also pretty simple, so their appeal may be short-lived; this may be intentional, since the app's real focus is the visit to the bathroom. Also, for better or worse, the consequences of not interrupting play to go potty are conspicuously absent: Nothing happens if kids don't take Daniel or Katerina to the bathroom. Don’t skip the parents' section, which has nice suggestions for working with kids as they're learning to use the potty.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Skills: Self-Direction: initiative, personal growth
Health & Fitness: hygiene and self care, body awareness
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: February 10, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Size: 100.00 MB
- Publisher: PBS KIDS
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later
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