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
River Crossing Pattern
Peg and Cat must decide what shape comes next in a more complex pattern to avoid falling in the river.
Votes for Otto
Your child can learn about elections, and counting votes using tally marks, in this clip where Otto competes with Orin in an election.
Super Peg and Cat Guy at the Salon
Your child can learn about properties of arches in this clip where Peg and Cat fix their friends' hair.
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
Musical Sleeping Bags Game
Daniel and his friends play a game during their pajama party at the library.
You Can Learn
In this clip, Roxanne and Cat sing a song about learning new skills through problem solving and practice.
Secret Agent George
George likes to pretend he's a secret agent! Help him use his five senses to identify the objects he needs to buy. Your child will learn about the five senses and the body parts associated with them.
Math in the Bath - Heavy Treasure
Peg and Cat add toys to their ship to make it heavy, heavier, and heaviest.
Grownups Are There
This strategy song reminds children that grownups are there to help you feel better.
Your child can take a look back at how much she's grown since she was a baby by identifying new things she has learned and accomplished.
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
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