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 Five-Year-Old's Character Development
Grown-Ups Keep You Safe" Song
When Daniel and his friends feel scared, they know grown-ups will keep them safe.
Peg and Cat learn that when a bucket is empty, it's light, but when it's full, it's heavy.
Friends Make the Best Presents
Just as the play is about to conclude, the lights go out! Will the show really go on?
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
We're Going to Have a New Baby in Our Family
Mom and Dad tell Daniel that they are going to have a new baby in their family.
The Peg + Cat Sorty Sort Flipbook
Stacking these 24 printable pages together, your child can make a flip book and watch Peg and Cat move.
Shrey and his Mom Walk to the Market
Shrey and his mother walk through busy streets to arrive at an even busier market.
I Caught the Ball!
Daniel feels sad when he has trouble catching the ball, but decides to try and try again.
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.
Peg recognizes rectangles that are different sizes to help her solve the problem of fitting Beethoven's piano through a door. Your child will learn to recognize shapes that are different sizes and how to fit shapes into other shapes.
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
Odd Squad Quiz: Which Agent Are You?
Is your child most like Otto, Olive, Oscar, or Ms. O? Find out with this Odd Squad quiz.
I Wouldn't Change a Thing
Peg identifies and describes 3D shapes in her dream in the Highlight Zone.
The Birds are Building a Nest
Daniel and Katerina collect leaves and sticks for the birds to use in their nest.
Build Good Character Skills with Arthur
Whether facing down a bully, worrying about a new teacher or being the very last person on earth to lose his baby teeth, Arthur and his friends manage to solve their crises with imagination, kindness and a lot of humor.Find Activities