New PBS KIDS “Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings” App Helps Children Build School Readiness Skills

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Now available on iPad, the new app based on the hit DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD series helps kids explore their feelings through play

ARLINGTON, VA, August 7, 2014PBS KIDS today announced the launch of its third app from the popular series DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOODDaniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings for iPad.Designed for children ages 2-5 and produced by The Fred Rogers Company, the app for iPad is now available on the App Store, just in time for the back-to-school season and the premiere of new DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD episodes later this month. Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings extends the series’ social-emotional curriculum, helping kids identify and express their feelings through four engaging activities.

“In a recent survey*, parents told us that they value social and emotional skills as the most important tools for their child’s learning success,” said Sara DeWitt, Vice President, PBS KIDS Digital. “As families prepare for the school year routine with their preschoolers, PBS KIDS is excited to introduce Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings, which helps kids learn to identify and express their feelings through words, play and songs. Not only will kids and parents enjoy playing together, these skills give kids confidence to express themselves as they grow and learn — both at home and in the classroom.”

The app is designed to empower kids to identify and express their wide and complex range of emotions. The four socio-emotional activities in the app offer kids a variety of interactive ways to accomplish this.

Ding! Ding! Play Daniel’s Trolley Game! – In Daniel’s Trolley Game, children will have fun driving the trolley and playing more than a dozen mini-games about feelings featuring Daniel and his friends. Children will learn to practice calming down, just as Daniel does, feel proud as they help Daniel, count to four with Daniel when he feels so mad that he wants to roar and more.

Sing-Along With Daniel! – In Daniel’s Sing-Along, children can choose from 18 of their favorite DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD songs, each of which is fully animated and expresses a different feeling. This activity is a great resource for children and parents alike.

Express Yourself! – Daniel’s Drawing Easel has everything kids need to express themselves, including paints, crayons, stickers and more. Children and parents can save pictures to the gallery or share them with friends and family.

Strike a Pose to Show How You Feel! – In the Feelings Photo Booth, children can take pictures of themselves making their sad, mad or happy faces and see how Daniel looks when he feels that way, too.

Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings joins PBS KIDS’ collection of popular DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD apps, including Daniel Tiger’s Day & Night and Play at Home With Daniel. More information on PBS KIDS apps is available at pbskids.org/apps.

DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings). In addition to the new app, the series offers families new content on-air and online this month. Season 2 of DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD kicks off on Monday, August 18, with a special one-hour premiere celebrating the arrival of a new addition to the Tiger Family: Daniel Tiger’s little sister Margaret. Additional new episodes air throughout the week. New games are also now available at pbskids.org/daniel, including “Bathtime Helper,” in which kids help give Margaret a bath, and “Sandcastle,” in which kids build sandcastles on the beach with Daniel.

Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings is available for $2.99 from the App Store on iPad or at www.AppStore.com/PBSKIDS.

Images of Daniel Tiger’s Grr-ific Feelings can be found on PBS PressRoom.

*Survey conducted January 11-25, 2014, by Smarty Pants. More than 1,000 parents of children ages 2-6 completed the online survey.

The first TV series inspired by the iconic, award-winning MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD from The Fred Rogers Company stars 4-year-old Daniel Tiger, son of the original program’s Daniel Striped Tiger, who invites young viewers into his world, giving them a kid’s-eye view of his life. As they closely follow and share Daniel’s everyday adventures, preschoolers and their families learn fun and practical strategies and skills necessary for growing and learning. DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD was created by some of today’s pre-eminent innovators of quality children’s media. Series creator Angela C. Santomero, of Out of the Blue Enterprises, provided the creative vision for the program. Santomero, Kevin Morrison of The Fred Rogers Company and Vince Commisso of 9 Story Entertainment are the series’ executive producers.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Fred Rogers Company
The company was founded by Fred Rogers in 1971 as the non-profit producer of MISTER ROGERS’ NEIGHBORHOOD for PBS. In the years that followed, it not only created hundreds of episodes of this much-loved program, but also extended Fred’s values and approach to other efforts in promoting children’s social, emotional and behavioral health and supporting parents, caregivers, teachers and other professionals in their work with children. The Fred Rogers Company continues to build on Fred’s legacy in innovative ways through a wide variety of media, and engaging new generations of children and families with his timeless wisdom. The company’s highly-rated children’s TV series include DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD and PEG + CAT. For more information, visit www.fredrogers.org.

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