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 Three-Year-Old's Character Development
We Can Take Turns
Chrissie wants to play Treasure Hunt, Wednesday wants to play dinosaurs. What to do?
Nature Cat's Special Valentine's Day Song
Nature Cat sings a song about how much Hal loves Valentine's Day.
Your child will learn about making predictions based off of information from the surroundings.
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
Things are Coming Apart
Objects are being cut apart into smaller pieces, or fractions, and the agents count them try and figure out the problem.
Jobs in Your Neighborhood
Meeting neighbors and talking about neighborhood jobs can help your child develop goals and think about what job she might like to do one day.
What Happened to My Crown?
Prince Wednesday takes his brother Prince Tuesday's crown without asking.
Your child can plan and create her own simple athletic events such as obstacle courses and cooperative races. She can even hold a medal ceremony after the games.
Otto's Soundcheck Room
One of the Odd Squad agents makes a prediction about which restaurant the missing band member would be located in.
You can help build your elementary-aged child's self-confidence and early math skills by sewing this adorable cat beanie.
Monkeying around at the Zoo
It's the day of the teddy bear picnic at the zoo. Pinkalicious and Peter are excited to attend until a mischievous monkey takes one of the teddy bears.
Making scary monster masks can be fun and provide an opportunity to discuss worries or fears.
Pantomiming favorite activities or emotions in a charades-like game can be a fun way to "talk" without speaking.
Something Totally Odd Has Happened
Odd Squad agents hear of a missing giant gum ball and receive a clue to solve the case.
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
Flying on a Leaf!
Daniel's imagination makes him think about taking a ride on a leaf blowing in the wind.
Welcome to the Lab
Oscar explains tally marks in this clip and how they can be used to quickly record numbers that increase.
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