Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Common Sense Media says

Lessons and activities help preschoolers learn life skills.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mister Roger's core message has always been that everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and respect. The site's games and activities are designed to further bolster kids' self-esteem and sense of accomplishment by teaching basic life skills.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The site collects no information from users.

 

Kids can't interact with each other or post content, and the site is as clean as a whistle, with links only to other parts of PBS.org.

 

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 kids can learn

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

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This lovingly rendered virtual version of the TV show will please fans of all ages. Beloved puppets are now interactive cartoon characters, while old clips from the show play inside an Etch-A-Sketch frame.

Learning Approach

Kids learn in a caring and friendly setting. Exploration, make believe, videos, songs, creation tools, and tips for discussion contribute to reaching learning goals of developing an appreciation of self, others, and the surrounding world.

Support

There are wonderful explanations for why each activity is relevant or important, along with suggestions for offline extension activities. The site might be a little confusing to navigate at first, especially for an audience of very young users.

What kids can learn

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

Kids can learn social, emotional, and thinking skills with a visit to Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Mister Rogers’ songs and interactions teach kids to identify, understand, and handle feelings. Games encourage exploration and observation. Parent tips on the site and a comprehensive activity guide help parents extend learning at home. Kids might benefit from a little more feedback or performance data. Expect encouragement with a flood of positive messages.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.
 

Families can talk 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.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 11 year old Written byRainbowsnWindows April 20, 2010
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It's a very good website for anyone to visit and i used to watch the show when i was younger. It's very educational and teaches you a lot.
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Kid, 11 years old April 20, 2010
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4
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Good For Everyone

I went on this website when i was like 4 it's fun and the fun stays for awhile. I watched this show on TV and i learned a lot from it and i love the little stories and adventures on it. It goes from a simple place like home to a place like an aquarium, fun in all! He teaches you manners,kindness,imagination,and sometimes stuff about animals!
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Teen, 15 years old Written byAlekaJ1003 April 22, 2012
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2
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Epic and Epic!

Epic. Great for everyone. I watched this when I was a kid. :) Happy Memories!
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