Teacher Review For Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel

Adorable tiger creates open-ended play for preschoolers

Joanna S.
Classroom teacher
Carolina Friends School
Durham, NC
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My Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 2
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with General
Special needs
How I Use It
iPad centers, unstructured play for preschoolers.
My Take
This app is made of five mini-apps, in which toddlers and preschoolers can explore Daniel Tiger's home and neighborhood. Doctor, bedroom, and bathroom are dollhouse-like environments. Children can pick up various items and use them to play with Daniel. There are no particular goals (other than getting Daniel to sleep in the bedroom) and imagination is encouraged just like in the PBS show. In the music mini-app, children can play along with several songs on simple instrument. Changing the song makes Daniel dance differently and show how music affects/expresses emotion. The small number of choices is limiting for older children, but less overwhelming than many music apps for the youngest learners. Finally, there is a stickerbook in which children may create scenes and save them to the photo library.