Who do we want our children to become? Parents approach their work from diverse perspectives and cultural traditions. But on this question, there is widespread agreement: we want our kids to become responsible, hardworking and compassionate. In other words, we want them to have good character. Character development is about building good habits, and habits take time to form. Our character is always a work in progress! We may not know what the world will look like when our children become adults, but we know that virtues will help them flourish in any circumstance.
Growing Up Well: Supporting Your Two-Year-Old's Character Development
Mathroom - Sorting and Classifying Answers
The agents report their character's answers and graph them to find what they all have in common.
Peanut Allergy: Kids in Action
Owen explains how he lives a normal life even though he has a peanut allergy.
Picking Up Chickens
Peg and Cat have 100 chickens to collect, and they count 10 chickens that they have all picked.
Grit involves sticking with something until you succeed. It gives us the strength to try, try, try again. Grit supports a "growth mindset" — a belief that our intelligence and skills can grow with effort. Kids with a growth mindset thrive on challenges, show resilience in the face of obstacles, and view failure as part of the learning process.Learn More
The Pirates' "Great Banana" Fruit Salad
You and your child can count to 10, measure height, and break down teen numbers into 10s and ones while making a healthy fruit salad.
A trip to your local library can be lots of fun! Help your child find a book on butterflies and metamorphosis and then act out how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.
This is My Happy Song
Daniel and his friends sing about some of the things that make them feel happy.
Play at Home With Daniel
Playing is learning as your child explores everyday experiences such as going to the doctor and practicing bedtime and bathtime routines.
Gratitude involves both feeling and expressing our thankfulness; it means we show our appreciation for others. According to the Harvard Healthbeat, "Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships."Learn More
"No Matter What You Do, You're Still You" Song
The friends sing about ways to dress up - but no matter what you do, you're still you!
My Fish Tank
Observing fish in a tank can help your child appreciate similarities and differences. In this game, your child can watch and interact with Daniel Tiger's fish tank and learn more about the unique characteristics of each fish.
Build Good Character Skills with Daniel Tiger
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key skills necessary for school and for life, using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.Find Activities