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
Planning a festive party can be fun! Your child can create a plan and host a party for stuffed animals or friends.
Dance Like Nobody's Watching
Otto figures out the pattern of lasers and then moves in the opposite direction with a dance to get through the trap.
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
Elwood City Celebrates
Elwood City likes to celebrate holiday customs from around the world. Your child can learn about several holiday customs by looking at a scrapbook, completing coloring pages and reading Brain's Big Book.
This Peg + Cat video shows kids a represents real world situation where a chicken wants to leave the farm as a subtraction problem.
We're the Tiger Family Band
Daniel imagines that his whole family is in a band together -- even baby Margaret.
Don't Wake Kate!
D.W. wants a glass of water, but needs to be quiet so that she doesn't wake up Baby Kate. Can your child help D.W. tiptoe across the room to get water without stepping on a noisy toy?
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.
Lost and Found
Playing detective by using clues to solve a lost and found mystery can help your child develop creative thinking and problem solving skills.
Does your child have a story idea for Arthur? Using the comic book creator, your child can write and illustrate a story with Arthur and his friends.
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
The Hungry Games
Cookie Monster is collecting gems. Your child can run and jump to help Cookie Monster gather his collection and then play color, shape and pattern games with the gems.
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