Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
Every adult who grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood remembers the iconic show’s theme song but the idea of being a good neighbor is an important concept that can be taught to kids at the youngest ages. What does it mean to be a good neighbor? One of the fundamental skills involved is kindness. Kindness can be taught in many ways beginning at the youngest ages but it also needs to be modeled by adults and reinforced in a variety of different ways.
To celebrate the upcoming Labor Day Neighbor Day with Daniel Tiger this Monday, September 2, PBSKids provides the following seven suggestions for families to help teach children kindness while getting to know your neighbors and neighborhood better.
- Go on a neighborhood scavenger hunt with this downloadable PDF from PBS Kids. Featuring words and icons, it’s a great tool to reinforce early literacy skills while taking a walk on the sidewalks near your home.
- Invite some friends for a neighborhood game day and have them bring their favorite game. Things like flying kites, playing hopscotch, and jumping rope are always better with friends.
- Have a potluck at a park or central location to spend some time getting to know each other and having a face to face conversation.
- Create a sidewalk chalk art murals where everyone gets to exercise artistic abilities to make your neighborhood a little more colorful.
- Arrange a neighborhood book swap/swap meet to share your family’s favorite books with others.
- Play the Make a Card game on PBSKids.org. This interactive game gives children a way to create a card for someone they care about and helps them know that everyone in the world, young and old, is a giver and a receiver.
- Have a Daniel Tiger’s Neighbor Day viewing party on Monday, Sept. 2. In this half hour special, Daniel learns how good it feels to be neighborly and that one kind act can lead to many. His first good deed starts a chain reaction of kindness all around the Neighborhood, culminating with the declaration of “Neighbor Day” where kids will be encouraged to do something nice for a neighbor. If you can’t wait for the special Neighbor Day episodes, episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood are available on PBSKIDS.org and the PBS KIDS Video app.
Additional activities and resources for parents can be found on the Daniel Tiger Neighbor Day website. The Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood parents site also has a lot of good advice from Mister Rogers, including an article on Fred Rogers wisdom on making friends and an article by PBS Parents about helping your child make new friends.
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