Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel is a fun app from PBS Kids where kids can do pretending plays. If you aren’t familiar with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, it’s a cartoon on PBS that is based off the old educational show “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood”. My son enjoys the cartoon and loves waving to all the characters with Daniel in the opening scene with the famous “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood” song. When he saw this app he was immediately drawn in from the familiarity of the cartoon he’s watched.
This app covers so many developmental areas it’s probably easiest if I break it down in sections. The opening screen has five areas to choose from:
In this section, your child can make music with the onscreen instruments. The great part about this is that there are three different types of music scenes relating to emotions. This not only teaches a child music and helps them be expressive, they can add emotions to the mix and make music relating to a given feeling. Daniel is either happy, mad, or sad; the instruments and tones change with each corresponding emotion.
I enjoyed seeing this section because as part of my profession I work with children in the hospital and when I see medical play being offered at home it makes me excited that children are getting that exposure. Medical play is a great way to help children cope with an often scary environment by gaining familiarity and role reversal by playing the doctor. Daniel goes through a doctor’s bag and explores an otoscope, stethoscope, syringe “shot”, tongue depressor, flashlight, and a sticker.
This scene lets you go through the room in preparation for Daniel Tiger to go to bed. There are many things that your child might recognize from their own bedtime routine, such as a blanket, a story being read, lullaby music, turning the lights down, and more. This is a fun scene for your child to just interact with and explore. It could also be used as a tool to spark conversations about your own child’s bedtime routine.
A house isn’t complete without a bathroom and with toddlers this has a strong influence. Your child can explore the sink and the toilet, there is even a little potty next to the toilet. If you have a young one in the midst of potty training this is a great app to help with exploring the topic and making it fun to interact with. Your child can put toilet paper in the toilet and flush, sit Daniel’s stuffed animal on the potty, as well as wash Daniel’s hands or brush his teeth.
Finally there is a sticker book section. This allows for your child to let their creative juices flow while creating scenes and stories with the various stickers available. There are five backgrounds to choose from and a whole bunch of stickers. You can even take a picture and save your child’s creations to your camera roll.
With so many areas to explore, I’m sure your child will have fun learning and playing with Daniel Tiger.
Designed for kids age 2 and up, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel is available for iPhone, iPod and iPAD. It is also available for Android and Nook. It is $1.99 for all devices.
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Android users can find Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel on Amazon and on Google Play.
Nook users can download Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel for Nook.
Today’s app is reviewed by Daisy Simpson. Daisy is a proud mom to an active toddler and works part-time in a hospital where she utilizes technology in her work with helping kids cope in the medical setting. Her family loves being outdoors experiencing all Minnesota has to offer.