PBS KIDS has launched Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel, its first app from the new series inspired by the work of Fred Rogers, which premieres on PBS KIDS on Monday, September 3.
The app, designed for children ages 2-4 and available now for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, makes the series’ social-emotional school readiness curriculum available to parents and children on the go.
In the app, kids play with 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’s Daniel Striped Tiger, as he goes about his everyday activities, learning life’s little lessons along the way in the games “Doctor Daniel,” “Daniel’s Bedtime” and “In Daniel’s Bathroom.”
“There is a great need for kids to build social-emotional skills, which lay the foundation for effectively learning academic subjects once they start school,” said Lesli Rotenberg, senior VP, Children’s Media, PBS.
Produced by The Fred Rogers Company and CloudKid, the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel App teaches children about the world around them as they interact with Daniel and his everyday experiences.
For Daniel Tiger, playing is learning as kids explore bedtime and bath time and play pretend doctor in three interactive games:
Doctor Daniel – Kids play “Doctor Daniel” with toy versions of the instruments pediatricians use. When children play “doctor,” they’re in charge – making it easier to manage a real-life visit when they have to be the patient.
Daniel’s Bedtime – Children help Daniel go through the motions of getting ready to go to sleep. Kids can think about their own bedtime routines and the things that help them get ready for bed as they help Daniel.
In Daniel’s Bathroom – Kids wash, brush and flush with Daniel during his bathroom routine. Children can practice and become familiar with their own bathroom routines.
The app also features a sticker book, which enables children to pretend-play by creating scenes with Daniel at home. As kids make their own creations featuring characters from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, the sticker book reinforces the themes from “Daniel’s Bedtime” and “In Daniel’s Bathroom.”
The Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Play at Home with Daniel App is available for $1.99 for iPhone and iPod touch and $2.99 for iPad. The app can be downloaded from the App Store on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, or at www.itunes.com/appstore.