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 Six-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
Arthur and his friends each have their own printable trading cards. Print these cards to learn more about each character including their favorite jokes, colors, and career goals. You can even use the characters to write your own Arthur story.
Your child can learn about collecting data and representing it in a tally chart in this clip, where Otto and Olive compare the number of argments other agents had with Obfusco.
Here to Engineer
Your child can practice early engineering skills by building an appropriately sized structure for a favorite stuffed animal or toy.
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
Playing with Others!
Playing a game of 'hot potato' and talking about how it felt to win or lose each round can help your child develop good sportsmanship skills.
We're Coming For You Harold!
While playing catch, Hal’s beloved flying disc Harold is accidentally flung into a cave.
Let's Make Believe
In this game, your child can develop imagination skills has she guides Daniel Tiger through a game of make believe as an explorer, a cowboy or a superhero.
Practice Being a Good Friend 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