Kids App: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood—Play at Home With Daniel
Kids mobile app—Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was a television series created and hosted by Fred Rogers. The show aired from 1968 until August 2001. I can still remember watching this show as a kid and liked Mr. Rogers calm demeanor and the different songs and characters he showcased. Well, now we have a new children's show our kids can enjoy that builds on Mr. Rogers' concept. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a children’s television series that is produced by The Fred Rogers Company, 9 Story Entertainment, Curious Pictures, and Out of Blue Enterprises and debuted this month on PBS stations.
The show features Daniel Tiger, who is the son of the original Daniel Striped Tiger from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I like that the two 11-minute shows have a common socio-emotional theme, such as disappointment, sadness, or anger. All the feelings that children are starting to learn about and handle appropriately. (Source: Wikipedia.org).
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel App
This month, CloudKid in partnership with PBS and The Fred Rogers Company released the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel app, which features Daniel Tiger, Katerina Kittycat, O the Owl, and Prince Wednesday. The app focuses on having fun while learning about bedtime, bath time, and even pretend doctor. My daughter really enjoyed playing the doctor and giving a shot to Daniel Tiger, checking his heartbeat and ears, and even using a tongue depressor to check his mouth. There are cute animations throughout and Daniel Tiger is a fun character who offers encouragement throughout the story.
The app features four different activities the child can do, such as going to bed, going to the bathroom, playing doctor, and playing with stickers. Each section is quite fun and will definitely keep the little ones entertained. The bedtime activity is great to use as a bedtime story as we help Daniel Tiger go to sleep by closing his bedroom door, tucking him in with his stuffed animal, and putting his favorite blanket over him. The whole time, he is slowly closing his eyes and yawning. Just the thing to help your children realize they are ready for bed as well. However, if you want a more active activity, the sticker game, going to the restroom, and playing a doctor are all good choices.
I think your family will really enjoy Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home app as much as ours does. It is a quality app that helps teach children about daily activities and the world around them as they engage in these different life experiences.
Did you or your children watch Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up? What was your favorite part of the show?
Melissa Northway, M.S., is an award-winning children's book author of Penelope the Purple Pirate. Her tomboy was the inspiration to create a feisty (think Pippi Longstocking) female character who likes to have adventures with her friends and teaches children the importance of treating others with kindness and respect. She recently launched dandelion moms that provides tips on staying present and in the moment amongst the craziness of it all. You can reach her at www.melissanorthway.com and www.dandelionmoms.com @melissanorthway
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