Explore Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

App review by
Lisa Caplan, Common Sense Media
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Stores, doctor, and mini games make virtual dollhouse fun.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn through open-ended play and reenacting experiences from real life. Driving the experience is empowering, as kids direct the characters through each setting. The mini games offer some creativity and expression, as kids can decorate a cake or play musical instruments. If kids play together, they'll have opportunities to collaborate and construct a narrative. Because of its interactive depth, Explore Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood puts kids in charge and gives them the props to play as they wish. Parents can extend learning by encouraging storytelling and taking imaginative play offscreen.

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Consumerism

Icon linking to other apps behind a parental gate, and app is part of the Daniel Tiger franchise.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Explore Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is based on the TV show and is a virtual dollhouse in which kids can explore, imagine, and play. Similar to My PlayHome and Toca Life: City, kids simply poke around the locations, inventing whatever story line they can imagine using the digital props. The publisher explains the open-ended play model and the various locales behind a parental gate. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

EXPLORE DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD has four locations to visit: a grocery store, a music store, a doctor’s office, and a bakery. In each, kids can place Daniel and his family members and use their imaginations as they explore interactive items. Hiding in each business also is a mini-game that kids can find; for instance, in the bakery, kids can decorate a cake. Because it's a sandbox-style app, kids play without rules, objectives, or a linear tale to follow.

Is it any good?

This open-ended virtual dollhouse is highly polished, has tons of interactive props and graphic elements, and offers mini-games that some similar apps don't. Though the number of interactive background elements is impressive, the app only contains four characters, but if your kids are Daniel Tiger fans they likely won't mind. One design feature that might confuse little kids at first is the inability to swipe; instead, kids have to tap an arrow to move left or right. Overall, though nothing can replace real toys and tactile learning, these on-screen opportunities for creative unstructured play are fun and easily extended into real life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Daniel's idealized neighborhood and the ways it's the same as and different from their own.

  • Talk about the stories your kids create. What will Daniel buy at the store? How will the doctor give a checkup?

  • Discuss the kinds of foods available in the bakery and store. If kids only buy sweets, talk about what we need to buy in real life to stay healthy.

  • Ask your kid what kinds of music they like and which instruments they'd like to play.

App details

For kids who love apps for toddlers and preschoolers

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