Common Sense Review
Updated June 2015

Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood

PBS show-themed videos and games to help preschoolers with new experiences
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Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 4
  • A section for teachers includes information and the site’s intended lessons.
  • The site features video clips, games, read-aloud stories, and a drawing board.
  • Short video clips and full episodes help illustrate experiences like getting ready for bed.
  • There are about 11 games, most of which are simple, fun activities.
  • Stories are about common experiences for preschoolers.
  • Kids can also print out coloring pages based on the show characters.
Adults can use the interactive, simple activities to help kids learn about their feelings and new experiences that are part of growing up.
Unless they're familiar with Daniel Tiger, kids may not be as interested in the site; references to the game and video learning are helpful, but more activities to personalize the experience would be a nice touch.
Bottom Line
Cute, clever site has several activities that educators can use to help kids develop socially and emotionally.
Erin Brereton
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Daniel narrates each section as if he's talking directly to each child, and activities are simple enough for kids to be able to click around or listen to story narration and feel involved.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Games and activities include information about what lessons adults can stress to their child, including giving, dealing with separation anxiety, and being creative. Show clips and episodes also offer lessons.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Kids can watch episodes and access activities and simple games. The site's parents section also lists the learning goals for each episode, with a link to Mister Rogers' Neighborhood-inspired information and tips on the topic.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Teachers can use the storybook-like activities to help kids practice reading, and because the songs repeat key episode points, they can serve as tools to help kids remember the themes. Educators can also use site items, including printable coloring pages, to help spark kids’ creativity. Kids can play the games and activities by themselves, or parents and educators can use them as a jumping-off point to discuss feelings and experiences. Separate sections for parents and teachers also offer additional activity ideas and information on the lesson behind each Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood episode.

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What's It Like?

Based on the PBS animated show of the same name, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood is a sweet website that features activities and videos about Daniel's experiences, which can help toddlers and preschoolers learn about and explore themes around relating to other people, feelings, routines, and common experiences such as being a good friend, dealing with disappointment, brushing teeth, eating healthfully, or accepting a new sibling. There are 11 games, some more clearly instructive than others. For instance, kids can click on items to learn more about going to the doctor or practice focusing their attention on fish swimming in a fish bowl. Virtual storybooks let kids flip pages and either read along or be read to, helping build word recognition and basic reading skills. Daniel narrates most activities by speaking to the screen, which should help younger kids who can't read yet feel involved.

A separate section for grownups and another specifically for teachers helps highlight potential lessons and offers tips to help drive the point home.

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Is It Good For Learning?

The activities and short videos nicely illustrate situations young kids sometimes struggle with. Kids don't get a lot of personal feedback, but the activities let them move things and listen to Daniel talk. Having visual examples helps illustrate the stress kids may feel about, for example, being left with a babysitter or the arrival of a new sibling. Kids can use a card-making tool to express emotions and strengthen communication skills. A music game in which kids express mood with different kinds of music is an especially interesting and creative way to explore feelings. Other activities offer much simpler interactions. The Drive Trolley game, for example, gives children the chance to be in charge of a task.

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