A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this superb educational site from PBS Kids celebrates and builds on the beloved children's show. The Mr. Rogers Neighborhood website offers a storehouse of the series' best clips, plus song lyrics, new activities for kids and parents, and fun facts about the show and its creator. Computer-savvy kids as young as four can explore this site, but parents will want to share as much of this special learning experience as possible.
What's it about?
Kids can choose from four types of activities in Mister Rogers’ neighbors: listening to songs, watching videos, playing games, or coloring pictures. Lyrics are included with songs so parents and kids can sing along. Kids can watch whole episodes of Mister Rogers’ television show or choose clips featuring Field Trips, Mister Rogers Moments, and How People Make Things. Structured and open-ended games involve science, art, reading, and movement.
Is it any good?
This lovingly rendered virtual version of the TV show will please fans of all ages. Beloved puppets such as Daniel the Striped Tiger are now interactive cartoon characters, and the magical objects in Mister Rogers' house can talk, fly, or play music at the click of a mouse. New games are gorgeous to look at and exciting for young children to play. Old clips from the show play inside an Etch-A-Sketch frame.
Though no longer around, Mister Rogers is very much a part of the site in the form of old TV segments, read-along bedtime stories, and an interactive songbook that includes -- yes --"It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood." It’s all topped off by a poignant photo and fanmail section featuring the career milestones of a TV personality who earned the love of millions of children simply by being a kind and understanding friend.
Talk to your kids about ...
One of the best-known children’s television shows ever created, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood aired for over 30 years and is still seen in reruns. Did parents watch the show when they were little? Discuss their favorite characters and what they learned from the show when they were kids.
Mister Rogers teaches that all children deserve to be liked and accepted. Do kids know someone at school who feels lonely and could use a friendly word?
Discuss what might be fun to do or watch together on site. For instance, choose one of the recipes to try in the kitchen. But make sure preschoolers and kindergartners aren't spending too much time on the computer. Read our tips for setting limits.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: speaking
Arts: drawing, playing, singing
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions, investigation, solving puzzles
Creativity: developing novel solutions, imagination, making new creations
Emotional Development: developing resilience, identifying emotions, labeling feelings, self-awareness
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free
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