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
Let's Play Train!
Daniel imagines that he is a real train engineer while he and Katerina play trains.
Letters to Big Bird
Big Bird has received an alphabet letter in the mail. Your child can practice beginning letter sounds by finding the objects that start with that letter.
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
Collect a Critter
By exploring your backyard or other nearby areas of nature, your child can observe and appreciate insects and other small animals in their natural environments.
Playing cooperative games such as 'Traveling Train' can give your child practice working together to solve problems in a group.
Fixing Santa's Toy-Making Machine
Children will learn about pattern detection while Peg + Cat fix Santa's toy making machine.
Dasher and Dancer Over France
Your child will learn about using coordinates to locate points on a graph, and making patterns with these coordinates on a graph.
"Sharing is Fun for Me Too" Song
Daniel and his friends sing a song about how it can more fun when you share.
Calm Your Engines
You can help your child settle for nap or calm down after an exciting or anxious time by using breathing techniques and these printable posters from Thomas and Friends.
Dandelion Fingerprint Painting
Your child can combine science and art by creating a fingerprint painting of a dandelion and its blowing seeds.
Naming feelings and talking about them can help children feel more in control and less scared. Print and play this game to give your child a chance to talk about different kinds of feelings.
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
Building a Castle for "King Tigey" (Spanish)
Daniel, and Mom Tiger feel frustrated when Tigey keeps falling out of his castle.
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.
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