Strong friendships and family relationships are the source of some of life's greatest joys and provide us with support during life's challenges. Young children are often social from the start of life. They observe how people interact with them. They pay close attention to parents' facial expressions and tone of voice. And they develop appropriate behavior based on what they see. Parents can harness this innate ability, teaching children how to form strong and healthy relationships with empathy and problem-solving skills.
Growing Up Well: Supporting Your Four-Year-Old's Social Development
Empathy is a skill — one that we can cultivate and strengthen with practice. Empathy means that we can imagine how someone else is thinking or feeling and then respond in a caring manner. Picture book author Anna Dewdney offers this wonderful definition: "Empathy is an understanding that other people have feelings, and that those feelings count."Learn More
Dinosaurs on the Loose
Dinosaurs have escaped into the Odd Squad office but Otto has a "before now" time machine that could help. The agents plan to go back 5 minutes.
Memories of Friends
Reading stories and remembering special times can help your child cope with the death of a pet or loved one.
Facts and Opinions
Your child can practice distinguishing between fact and opinion in this online game hosted by Binky.
Good friends provide us with vital social and emotional support from childhood through adulthood. It takes practice to learn how to be a good friend — practice at being kind, supportive, trustworthy and a good listener. These are skills kids can begin to learn at an early age. As Fred Rogers said, "One of life’s greatest joys is the comfortable give and take of a good friendship. It’s a wonderful feeling not only to have a friend, but to know how to be a friend yourself."Learn More
Giant Wedding Order
Your child can learn about number relations in this clip where Peg and Cat must sort the numbers 1 to 6 so they are in order.
Baby Fox's Big Machine
Learn about diagrams to plan out a design for something like building a big machine.
Let Your Light Twinkle
Everyone in the Neighborhood is gathered to release their lanterns into the sky.
Practice Being a Good Friend with Daniel Tiger
Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn key social skills using strategies grounded in the teachings of Mister Rogers.Find Activities