Definition of Cool

Discover that everybody's cool.

  • Target Age:  3-5 
  • Learning Goals:  diversity appreciation & understanding, language & literacy, social & emotional development
  • Related Episode: Buster and the Daredevils


  • any required materials for chosen skills (see below)
  • markers
  • paper


Help your children develop self-esteem and an appreciation for others.

  1. Brainstorm: Brainstorm a list of talents or attributes your children perceive as being "cool" (e.g., living near a large city; having a brother, sister, or pet; being able to sing, draw, kick a soccer ball, play chess, solve a math problem, braid hair).
  1. Share: Have each child talk about why they think the others are cool. Have them share a special "cool" talent with each other (e.g. making paper airplanes, singing a song, telling a story).

Talk About It

Talk with your children about what it means to be "cool." Encourage them to realize that being cool means feeling good about your actions and yourself, and not doing something just because someone dares you to.

Take It Further
Watch "Buster and the Daredevils" together. (Check the TV schedule or your local listings. Also available on video.) Discuss why Arthur and Buster were so dazzled by Toby and Slink. Have your children offer advice to Arthur and Buster, and talk about why they are cool just the way they are.

Adapted from WGBH Web Activities.

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