Eight Episodes featuring Hanukkah for children

Chanukah is less than a week away, starting on December 6th!  Whether you are Jewish and celebrating Chanukah or just want to educate your child about other cultures and religions, below are the top 8 episodes including Chanukah!  The first five are exclusively Chanukah episodes, the next three are holiday episodes with a significant portion dedicated to Chanukah.

Chanukah episodes can be difficult to track down, please leave any additional suggestions in the comments!  I use the Chanukah/Hanukkah spelling used in the episode in each description for consistency.

Exclusively Chanukah Episodes:

 1. Shalom Sesame Street – The Missing Menorah

Shalom Sesame – Chanukah Special

If you are looking for a Holiday special focused on Chanukah, this would be my number one choice!  The episode is educational, fun, and has impeccable attention to detail.  For instance, when Count is counting to 8, the keys on his organ shout the Hebrew number.  It is educational but still fun and silly in the typical Sesame Street format.  The story that threads the segments together is Anneliese playing with her friends then losing her Menorah, then searching to find it before sundown. What else can you expect?  Kids in Israeli explaining why they love Chanukah.  Symbols from the month of Kislev (November 13-December 12 in 2015).  A boy and his mother demonstrate how they make the oil for their menorah.  Words that start with the Hebrew letters Zayin and Chet.  There are lots of dreidels, traditional Chanukah foods, and lighting of menorahs.  The traditional story of Chanukah is told in cartoon narrated by a Veronica Monica (originally from an Elmo’s world episode, you can find the clip here).  The story of Judah rebuilding the temple is told through Extreme Makeover-  Temple Edition.  At the end, Grover explores Bet Guvrin, which are underground caves.

Shalom Sesame has a YouTube channel here with lots of clips related to Chanukah and Judiasm.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

2. Bubbe’s Chanukah

Chanukah Special

This is an old special, from the 1980s.  But luckily muppet fashion is timeless, and this video is still one of the best Chanukah shows you can find.  The show begins with a no nonsense Bubbe explaining dreidels, the menorah, the basic meaning and other aspects about Chanukah to the clueless delivery boy who doesn’t know much about Chanukah (this special was created by animators who went on to design the Simpsons, you may see some similarities).  All of Bubbe’s friends and family arrive at her boarding house to celebrate the last night of Chanukah.  The make potato latkes, tell the story of Chanukah, and explain the meaning behind the dreidel.  There is a long running joke about Tomato latkes instead of Potatoe latkes (including a hard to listen to song) which felt a bit out of place.  There are a lot of jokes and original Chanukah songs to make the episode great for any age group!

Available on: Amazon (DVD), YouTube (HQ)

3.  The Big, Big Present/Hanukah Plunder Blunder

Clifford’s Puppy Days – Season 3, Episode 9

Season 2, Episode 10 on Netflix

This two part episode follows Clifford and the puppies during Hanukah.  Unlike the other specials, it is not necessary all about telling the story of Hanukah, and more about Clifford and his friends celebrating Hanukah.

In the ‘Big, Big Present’ Clifford’s kitten friends are excited to open their last gift on the eighth day of Hanukah.  They explain the basic reason for lighting the menorahs, but the focus is on getting to open a present each night.  The kittens show Clifford their traditional Hanukah foods of latkes and sufganiyot.  When the puppy and kittens are playing with the dreidel, they accidentally break the menorah.  The kittens are very upset they might not be able to celebrate the last night of Hanukah, which particularly upsetting because this would mean no presents.  In the end they are able to build their own menorah and light the candles.  However, the kittens are so busy having fun playing and spending time with family they decide to open their Hanukah present later.

In the ‘Hanukah Plunder, Blunder’ the kittens explain to Clifford the reason for celebrating Hanukah.  The kitten Zo is so excited he opens up all eight of his Hanakah presents on the first night.  The kittens’ owner is not upset, but says Zo will not have any new presents to open each night.  The second night of Hanakah Zo becomes very sad that he has ruined the surprise each night.  His sister Flo comforts him that each night he will still get to enjoy lighting the menorah, seeing family, and eating latkes.  Flo selflessly offers to let him help her open the presents each night.

Available on: Amazon, Netflix, iTunes

4.  A Rugrat’s Chanukah

Rugrats Chanukah Special

The episode may be the most popular special, partially because it is enjoyable to watch by both adults and toddlers, which is important around the holidays.  The Rugrat babies tell their simple version of the story of Chanukah, with quite a few liberties taken.  They start in their telling of the story as the MacaBabies and compare the ruined city to their messy room.  Your child should be able to learn the general story of Chanukah, learn to pronounce Chanukah as told by a Jewish Grandmother, and have a few laughs.  There is a subplot with Tommy’s grandfather and an old rival performing a play at the Synogoue as well.  Overall, I would show this to my son as a cute story about Chanukah, mainly because there are not a lot of other options.  Angelika’s behavior throughout this episode and all Rugrats episodes is unacceptable bullying, which is often included to provide comedic moments.  If you chose to watch Rugrats with your kids I would be prepared to discuss the behavior with your child and make it clear that it is unacceptable, and perhaps discuss strategies for dealing with bullies.  Schlomo, the grandfather’s rival, has one great line at the end of the show demonstrating the importance of Chanukah, “A menorah is, uh, like the nightlight of our people. In times of darkness it shines on the whole world reminding us not to be afraid to be different, but to be proud who we are.”

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

5.  Coming December 7th to PBS…Judith’s Happy Chanukah

Super Why

This show has yet to air, but I was excited one of my favorite series is airing a Chanukah episode and decided to include it.  It will premier on December 7th at 12 pm EST if you have cable and would like to watch it live.  I will update this post with my review after it has aired and information on any streaming sites that allow you to watch.

PBS Description:”Whyatt is excited to have been invited to Red’s Gramma’s house to celebrate Chanukah, but doesn’t know much about the holiday. To learn more, the Super Readers jump into the book Judith’s Happy Chanukah where they meet Judith, who loves Chanukah so much that she can’t wait to share it with her new friends. Educational Objectives: To learn about holiday traditions. Kids will play with the alphabet and identify the letters C, O, I, N, and S. They’ll learn the word LATKES, rhyme -OIL words, and use the power to read to change the story and make both Red’s and Judith’s Chanukah celebrations special.”

Looking for more exclusively Chanukah videos?  Chabob.org offers many short cartoon video clips about Chanukah including a three part Muppet miniseries, Itche Kadoozy Chanukah.

Holiday Episodes including Chanukah:

6.  Magic School Bus Holiday Special

Magic School Bus – Season 3, Episode 10

This holiday special is not your typical one, the main theme is actually recycling!  The episode shows the kids what their town would be like if they didn’t recycle and what an integral part of our life recycling is.  This very musical episode features Dolly Parton as Ms. Frizzle’s sister.  Christmas and the Nutcracker is mentioned by a few students, but Chanukah is actually the main holiday discussed.  Arnold has to spend the first night of Chanukah on the train to see his mother instead of seeing the Nutcracker with the rest of the class.  The class decides to surprise him on the train to celebrate with him, and Wanda gives him a gift.  The group sings several recycling songs to the tune of ‘Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel’ and ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas.’

Available on: Amazon, Netflix

7.  Elmo’s World Holiday Special

Holiday TV Special

This hour long holiday special is perfect for teaching your child about many holiday’s around the world during the winter time.  Elmo is looking for the perfect gift for his goldfish Dorothy.  While looking for the perfect gift he learns about Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa.  The episode includes information about both the religious backstories and the secular aspects of each holiday such as Santa, food, dances and games.  Each section is well done with both information and entertainment.  My favorite is Elmo doing the Kwanza dance, which you can watch on YouTube as well.   Children talking about the holiday they celebrate also mention Ramadan and Three Kings day, but there are not many details discussed.  This is a great choice for a young toddler and one of the most educational choices.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

8. Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Holiday Special

This hour long holiday special includes Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza.  The main plot revolves around Arthur and his quest for the perfect Christmas.  Francine is a Jewish character on Arthur and she misses her best friend Muffy’s Christmas Party because it is the last night of Hanukkah which she celebrates with her family.  Muffy is upset with Francine until she goes to Francine’s house and Francine explains the importance of Hanukkah to her.  Traditional Jewish dishes are brought to Francines house, the family gathers around the menorah and sings, and Francine spends time with her family.  The clip of this part of the episode is available on PBS.  Francine’s father then says that since they do not celebrate Christmas, the family goes to the movies every Christmas, which might resonate with many Jewish families.  The episode is primarily about Christmas, but this Hanukkah plot is woven throughout the story, along with Kwanza holiday information.  The episode does not discuss the religious aspects of any holiday.

If your child does celebrate Christmas this episode does have a few thinly veiled references about the existence of Santa Claus that I think some elementary school students would be able to see through.  The mother is shown at the mall and unable to find a gift she wants.  Then it cuts to the mother talking to D.W. an explaining that lots of children want the same gift so not all kids can get exactly what they want from Santa Claus.   Buster’s mother also keeps bringing out all the presents like its Christmas morning every day for a week, this is also confusing because if the gifts are from Santa, why is Buster’s mother bringing them out.  DW, as always, behaves poorly, but this can be discussed as inappropriate behavior with your child (tantrums, greediness, impatience, rudeness).

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

Looking for all the new children’s shows on Netflix’s this December?  Check out the list below!  Any kids show for ages 8 and under were included in this list, please check individual shows to see if they are appropriate for your child.  Common Sense Media has a searchable database you can use.

 

Dec 1:

Las magicas historias de Plim Plim – Season 1

 

Dec 9:

Phineas and Ferb – Season 4

 

Dec 11:

The Adventures of Puss in Boots – Season 2

 

Dec 20:

Leo the Lion

Magic Snowflake

Santa’s Apprentice

 

Dec 24:

Dawn of the Croods: Season 1

 

December 28:

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic – Season 5

9 Kids TV Shows that demonstrate helping behavior

As we enter the holiday season, an important but occasionally overlooked aspect of the holidays is helping others.  Whether you are looking to inspire your child to help family, friends or strangers in need this December, here are 9 Kids TV Episodes that show helping behavior.

1. Pups Save a School Day

Paw Patrol – Season 1, Episode 13, Part 1

Helping behavior shown…  The Paw patrol crew is helping a little boy find a backpack on his first day of school.

Paw Patrol is a great series that is always showing helping behavior, and highlights those in professions that serve the public.  In this episode, a little boy has lost his backpack and is waiting for the bus for his first day of school.  The pups go on quite an adventure checking out every corner of adventure bay in all the places the boy has visited with his backpack.  It’s great to see such passion to help a small boy from the group of pups.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

2. Arcade Escapade

Doc McStuffins – Season 1, Episode 6, Part 1

Helping behavior shown…  Doc and Stuffy both selflessly offer to help another toy they’ve never met who is in pain.

Another great show for teaching kids about helping is Doc McStuffins. Doc is a great role model always caring for toys and helping her friends’ toys. If you picked an episode at random, chances are you would see lots of helping behavior. A favorite episode of mine where multiple characters demonstrate helping behavior is the Arcade Escapade. Doc is at an arcade with her toys and a toy giraffe in the claw game has a hurt leg. Doc has to play for the giraffe in order to get her out and save her, but fails after several tries. Doc’s dragon, Stuffy, volunteers to help by going in and pulling the giraffe out, even though he knows he could get stuck. Great to see both Doc and Stuffy acting selflessly to help a stranger in need.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

3. Friends Help Each Other / Daniel Helps O Tell a Story

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Season 1, Episode 13

Helping behavior shown…  Daniel helps his friends clean up so they can go back to playing.

The song used to help teach children the message in this episode is, “Friends help each other — yes, they do — it’s true.”  In the first half of this episode Katerina Kitten and Daniel are having a tea part together.  Katerina is very upset when she knocks over the table and makes a huge mess.  Daniel helps her to clean up so they can return to having fun.  Similarly, in the second half of the episode, O the Owl drops all of his books and Daniel jumps in to help him pick them back up.  These simple helping behaviors are great for a young toddler to mimic with friends or family.

Available on: Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes

4.  The Little Red Hen

Super Why – Season 2, Episode 6

Netflix – Season 1, Episode 27 (Little Miss Muffet and Other Stories)

Helping behavior shown…  Friends helping their friend making cookies for baby animals.

Little Red Riding Hood asks her friends to help her pick some apples, but none of her friends want to help.  The Super Readers look in a book to solve her problem.  This episode they explore the book The Little Hen.  The Little Hen needs help making cornbread for her chicks, but none of her friends want to help, just like Little Red Riding Hood’s friends.  They learn that in order to convince friends they should help you, you need to explain why you need help.  In the end, Red explains to her friends she needs help picking apples so she can make cookies for baby animals.  I really like the message in this episode, teaching children they need to explain why they need help is important when they are communicating with friends, parents, and teachers.  As always, Super Why has lots of letter games they play with the viewer to practice letter recognition.

Available on: Amazon, Netflix, iTunes

5. Friends to the Rescue

Sesame Street: Friends to the Rescue Special

Originally Season 32, Episode 3977 – The Hurricane Pt. 2

Helping behavior shown…  Sesame Street characters help Big Bird when his nest has been destroyed.

This episode follows the monsters in the aftermath of a Hurricane on Sesame Street.  Big Birds nest has been decimated by the storm which distresses a now homeless Big Bird.  The gang comes together to assure Big Bird that they will be able to give him a new nest with hard work and some time.  They assist in cleaning up, planning his new home, getting him snacks, and giving him shelter while his nest is rebuilt.  Big Bird uses drawing and focusing on his friendships as coping methods after this disaster.  This episode also features Elmo and Ernie sing a song about sharing.  (For more sharing episodes check out our previous post on sharing).  Other themes in this episode are drawing, the letter G, and friendships.  For more videos and tips about talking to your child about natural disasters, Sesame Street has a section on their website.

Available on: Amazon, PBS (clips)

 6.  Carol of the Arrow

Sophia the First – Season 2, Episode 27

Helping behavior shown…  Carol, her band of helpers, and Sofia all help people and animals around the town who need help.

Carol the Arrow (similar to Robinhood, but not committing crimes to help others) looks for ways to help people in the Kingdom. Sofia admires Carol and wants to be a part of her band of helpers. Carol invites Sofia to join the group, but first she must come up with a way to help people in one day. Sofia tries to help others and the animals of the town but is always sabotaged by one of Carol’s band members. In the end, Sofia saves the band member who had been sabotaging her and is able to join the group.  I find Sophia the First to have a lot of subplots that are way too complex for a young toddler and more appropriate for a 4-5 year old.  I also decided not to show this one to my son because I was not sure if the message that a character was sabotaging another character from doing good and helping was a good one to send, even if the character apologized at the end.  

7.  Pluto Lends a Paw

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Helping behavior shown…  Mickey and Pluto help Minnie in her search for her lost cat.

This episode is the Mickey Mouse clubhouse is similar, but a much more kid friendly version of Pluto Lends a Paw (1941) in which Pluto also assists in finding a lost cat.  Minnie is looking for her cat Figaro (in a high pitched sing-song voice, I am not shocked he ran away).  Mickey, Pluto Goofy and Pete assist in helping their friend Minnie look for Figro.  Figaro ran away because Minnie was too busy to play with him.  Pluto saves the day at the end by finding Figaro and stopping him from falling into the river.  Minnie shows Figaro she was too busy to play because she was making him a present, a nice reminder during the holiday season not to be so busy making presents we forget to spend time with the little ones.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

8.  Housebound

Curious George – Season 1, Episode 26, Part 1

Helping behavior shown…  Hundley cares for his friend George when he is in a wheelchair and on crutches.

Curious George broke his leg and is stuck at home in a wheelchair.  The doorman offers the lobby dog Hundley to help care for George.  Hundley helps George get new ice packs, leads him around obstacles, cleans up the messes he makes, and helps him scratch his leg.  He is very caring and helps George with a number of things.  In the end HUndley finds he actually enjoys spending all day helping George and misses him when he returns to the lobby.  This is a great episode for showing about helping friends and family in needs.

Available on: Amazon, Netflix, iTunes

9. Pups Save a Hoot

Paw Patrol – Season 2, Episode 6, Part 2

Helping behavior shown…  The Paw Patrol crew helps rescue a baby owl’s mother who is trapped under a fallen tree.

There are so many Paw Patrol episodes on helping I decided to add in one more!  A baby Owl comes to the Paw Patrol Group in need of help, the tree he lives in has fallen down and trapped his mother under the tree.  The group rescues the mother after many failed attempts and the tree falls away into the sea.  The baby owl is happy his mother is safe but is sad his home has been destroyed.  In the end, the pups help the owls find a new, sturdier home.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

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Looking for the best TV episodes to show your kids this Thanksgiving? Check out the post on the thirteen top episodes about thankfulness and Thanksgiving.

While my Netflix homepage is already overflowing with Christmas shows, Thanksgiving episodes can be much harder to track down.  Here are my thirteen favorite TV episodes that teach children about Thanksgiving activities, fall, family and of course being thankful.  I focused my search on regular episodes of television series that happen to be about Thanksgiving.  If you are look for reviews of Thanksgiving specials or movies, like the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Common Sense Media and Tech Times have both published guides.

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1. Thank you Grandpere Tiger/Neighborhood Thank you Day

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Season 2, Episode 4

You should watch this if… You are looking to teach your child about the importance of saying thank you to family and friends.

This entire episode is dedicated to saying thank you to friends and family, the very heart of Thanksgiving.  The song used by Daniel throughout the episode is, “Thank you, for everything you do.”  If your child (or you) gets Daniel Tiger songs stuck in your head all day, this is a great one to be saying on Thanksgiving.  In the first half of the episode Daniel is celebrating “Thank You Day” with his Grandpere Tiger.  Daniel gets to spend time with his grandfather imagining boat rides and looking up at the clouds finding shapes.  Daniel goes to the Thank You Day celebration in the Enchanted Forest with the rest of the kingdom and sees the Thank You tree full of thank you notes.  In the second half of the episode Daniel looks at the Thank You Tree and gets to read a Thank You note his Grandpere wrote him, thanking him for hugs.  His friends Katerina, Prince Tuesday, and Miss Elaina share the notes they have written to thank their family.  A gust of wind blow all the letters off the tree, but they are quickly recovered by the mailman.  Daniel decides he wants to write his thank you note to the mailman for saving Thank You Day.  This episode is great for starting a conversation with your child about seeing relatives, saying thank you to family members, and saying thank you to other people who help you throughout your lives.

Available on: Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes

2. King Midas

Super Why – Season 4, Episode 10

You should watch this if… You want to teach your child about being appreciative for what they have or you would like to watch a show that will practice their literary skills.

In this episode, Pig has a toy car he loves to play with but proclaims he needs even more cars to have fun!  Whyatt gathers the book to determine if this is true.  The book club explorers the story of King Midas.  An adaptation of the classic story of King Midas’ Touch is told where Midas’ golden touch causes him to get stuck in a fountain of gold and turn his friends to gold.  The super readers help King Midas and he learns its better to have just one piece of gold that he cherishes than to have everything made of gold.  The episode is not specifically about Thanksgiving, but centered on the idea of being appreciative of what you have.  I love that it teaches children about a classic literary story in a fun way as well as instills a valuable lesson about greed.  Throughout the story Whyatt and the super readers play games and identify letters which is great for a young readers.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

3. The Best Thanksgiving Ever

Maya and Miguel – Season 4, Episode 13

You should watch this if… You want to emphasize spending time with family, not the activities, are what is important.

The twins are very excited for a visit from their grandmother who is coming for Thanksgiving for the first time from Puerto Rico.  In their eagerness the twins over commit with way too many activities and plans.  They plan to put on their own parade instead of watching the one on television, but cannot get the instruments from the community center.  The rain ruins their football game in the park, they spill nachos all over their grandmother, blow a fuse so she can no longer watch the football game, and cannot defrost the turkey.  With no power and no turkey the twins learn that what’s important at Thanksgiving is to spend time with their beloved grandmother, not try to make over the top plans.  They pull together as a family to make a deep fried Turkey by candlelight.  The episode includes lots of Spanish phrases and references to Latin American culture.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

4.  Cookin’ with Hook

Jake and the Never Land Pirates – Season 2, Episode 15, Part 1

You should watch this if… You want to teach your child about kindness for others during the holidays or your child loves pirates!

Jake and his crew are excited to cook special dishes for Thanksgiving, like Shipwreck Stew.  They are going to find the ingredients they need in Never Land.  The Pirates are also looking forward to a Thanksgiving feast searching for ingredients they need for a pumpkin dessert.  Hook tries to take the ingredients he needs from the kids.  After the kids gets the ingredients back from Hook, Hook explains he wanted them so his mom could make him a special feast.  The kids decided to give the ingredients to Hook and he in turn invites them to join the feast with his pirates.  Unlike the movie, Hook is not scary and more of a comical character who plays the kids lovable adversary.  Fun Fact- Mamma Hook is played by Sharon Osbourne.

Available on: Amazon, Netflix, iTunes

5. Huggsgiving Day


Henry Hugglemonster – Season 2, Episode 8, Part 1

You should watch this if… You want to teach your child about the importance of getting along with extended family.

Huggsgiving Day is a holiday resembling Thanksgiving, where the family eats a big meal with a Turkey, plays games and put on a show.  Henry becomes frustrated when his annoying younger cousin, Harry, follows him around telling bad jokes and giving too many hugs.  Henry is very frustrated and yells at Harry for ruining his favorite holiday.  Then he learns from his other cousin, younger cousins often behave this way because they think the older relatives are really cool and they want to be like them.  Henry realizes he should be flattered by his younger cousins attention and finds ways to include him.  Henry proclaims the moral of the story, “It just goes to show you Hugglemonsters always find a way to work things out, especially when it comes to family.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

6.  Gobble, Gobble, Guppies

Bubble Guppies – Season 3, Episode 18

You should watch this if… You want to teach your child about fall, setting the table or get them excited about Thanksgiving activities.

Bubble Guppies Molly and Gil find a Turkey in a pumpkin patch.  The owner of the patch, a pirate, teaches them about Harvesting Pumpkins when the time is right.  The guppies learn about the season Fall and sing ‘Leaves Are Falling’, do thanksgiving crafts, learn about squirrels and nuts, jump in leaves, and rake leaves up.  Deema teaches the kids about setting the table for big family dinners, with a catchy song about where the silverware goes on the table.  The kids return to the pumpkin patch and all the pumpkins are gone! They learn the pumpkins were harvested and made into pumpkin pie.  The guppies join the pirates for a Thanksgiving meal.  The episode’s focus is on all the activities associated with Fall and Thanksgiving, which is great for getting your child excited for Thanksgiving, which can be difficult when stores are already filled with Christmas displays.  This episode mentions sharing Thanksgiving with friends and family, but it’s not the main point of the episode like some of the others available.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

7.  Mickey’s Thanks a Bunch Day

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Season 2, Episode 19

You should watch this if… you would like your child to learn more about fruits and vegetables we eat.

The gang is getting ready for the Thanks a Bunch Day feast!  At the professor’s recommendation Minnie sprays her vegetables with growth spray so they will be ready in time, which causes them to grow much larger than all the characters. The gang has to use mousekatools like an elephant and a giant to harvest the gigantic crops.  The gang learns about what crops are fruits and vegetables.  In the end, the gang and some new friends they met while harvesting the giant crops sit down and eat their Thanks a Bunch Meal.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

8. Thankful

Blue’s Clues – Season 3, Episode 6

You should watch this if… You want to teach your child about patience and sharing before the big meal or you want to help your child think of what they are thankful for.

Steve is making a Thankful book and figuring out what everyone in the Blue Clues house is thankful for.  He asks the clock, side table, salt, pepper, paprika, shovel, pail and many more characters what they are thankful for, and most give responses related to their function.  This is a great time to ask your child to think of things they may be thankful for.  Blue’s Clues helps in the kitchen figure out which food are salty, sweet and sour.  Later Steve goes into the picture frame and helps the felt characters divide up their Thanksgiving meal and share the food.  The whole episode Steve is getting hungrier and has to be very patient and wait for his feast (and not eat any felt dinner).  Before dinner, Steve shares what everyone is thankful for.

Available on: Amazon Prime, iTunes

9. Fall Feast

Clifford’s Puppy Days – Season 2, Episode 6, Part 1

You should watch this if… You live in a place where snow can change your plans or you want to show how friends can come together for a meal

The whole is excited to go to Emily Elizabeth’s grandparents’ house for a Fall Feast (Thanksgiving) and eat lots of delicious foods, and her mother is bringing a special dish.  After almost missing their train, the train can’t leave the station due to a snowstorm that has blown in.  The family is disappointed but ends up having a great Fall Feast with other friends at the train station who were also travelling to see family.  The family related their Fall Feast to the “original fall feast” where everyone brought a dish and dined together as one.

Available on: Amazon, Netflix, iTunes

10.  Dora’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Dora the Explorer – Season 7, Episode 8

You should watch this if… you want to teach your child about blending cultural traditions (Central/South American Culture and American) and some Spanish.

Dora the Explorer is excited for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner mixed with traditional Latino dishes.  Before they eat their Thanksgiving feast is the Thanksgiving day parade.  Dora builds a Pirate ship float for the parade, but before the parade starts the Pirate Piggies accidentally cause the parade float to roll away into the river.  The episode centers around Dora and Boots search to find and rescue the piggies, which they eventually do with a hot air balloon.  Lots of other fall references on quest such as acorns, apples, scarecrows, etc.  The characters speak English with some Spanish phrases and songs, and a great song about Thanksgiving: “We say Gracias, on Thanksgiving Day”

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

11.  Trashgiving Day

Sesame Street – Season 43, Episode 9 Sesame Street: Music and Dance (Netflix) – Season 1, Episode 6

You should watch this if… You are looking to start a conversation with your child about traditional Thanksgiving Day activities or family traditions

This is episode is perfect around Thanksgiving.  While it’s not directly about Thanksgiving, Trashgiving also has a parade sponsored by a department store full of bands and inflated mascots, grouches eat specific meals, sing songs, and “gather with our families and complain about each other all day long.”  This opening skit about Trashgiving can be found on the sesame street youtube.  Later in the episode grandparents are featured in Abby’s Flying Fairy School.  The trolls are celebrating The Henking Day and Blogg get’s to see his grandfather.  He is very excited because he has practiced a traditional dance to perform with his family.  After a long search they find his grandfather’s tree and perform the dance.  This is great, especially if you have any traditions in your family you would like to talk about, this is a great lead in to the conversation.  Other topics in this episode include orchestras/conductors, the number 13, coming in second, and winter animals.

Available on: Amazon Prime, Netflix, iTunes

12. Johnny’s Sister Tina/Spritesgiving!

Johnny and the Sprites – Season 1, Episode 3

You should watch this if… You enjoy high quality musical performances or would like to emphasize sibling friendships at the holidays

Johnny and the Sprites is a lesser known kids show with fantastic musical numbers. A bit more difficult to find a place to watch than most other episodes I posted, but for many it is worth the inconvenience! Johnny’s sister Tina (Broadway award winner Sutton Foster) is visiting for Spitesgiving and Johnny is very excited to see her. He sings a song to the Sprites about all the activities he has enjoyed with his sister and all the annoying things siblings can go through together. A reprise is song with his sister later in the episode, a great song that captures siblings love. In the second half of the episode Johnny and the Sprites celebrate Spritesgiving, a holiday where they eat, laugh, and say thanks for all the things that make them blessed.  After singing a song about Spritesgiving, the Sprites discover the forgetful fungus has gotten into their garden, which makes fruits and vegetables forget what they are supposed to look and taste like. The sprite, Sage, they normally ask for advice is off for the holiday so Johnny encourages Root who is very knowledgeable about gardening to solve the problem himself.

Johnny and the Sprites are difficult to find online, but you can download the episode on iTunes.  I can usually find the episodes on YouTube as well, but not in a high enough quality for a large TV.

Available on: iTunes

13. Count Their Blessings

The Berenstain Bears (2003) – Season 2, Episode 24

You should watch this if… You would like to remind your family that the heart of Thanksgiving is being thankful for our friends, family, and all the blessings you already have.

Brother and Sister Bear visit their friends and cousins houses and begin to complain about all of the toys their friends have but they do not.  After a lot of whining Mamma bear announces she has had enough and the cubs need to be thankful for what they do have: a home that is safe and warm; having their family; and having plenty of food and drinks.  Sister decides to count her blessings and play with the toys she already has and brother bear goes off to play with his video game.  The parents discuss getting the kids some new toys for Christmas and talk about how blessed they are.  This episode does not have any other signs of Thanksgiving, but fits perfectly with the spirit of Thanksgiving.  This episode is hard to track down!  I link below to the DVD version you can order on Amazon, and a higher quality version I found on YouTube.

Available on: Amazon (DVD), YouTube

 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

 

 

 

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Toddler TV Episodes to Teach Children about Going to the Doctor
Going to the Doctor’s office can range from exciting to scary for a toddler, below are many episodes to help you find one that best fits your situation and the message you want to show your child before the appointment.  I try to include details about the strategies characters use to help kids in the Doctor’s office so you can pick episodes that use the same strategies you plan to use.
A huge number of children’s TV episodes are dedicated to healthcare so there will be multiple posts in the upcoming month related to this today I focus on going to the Dr. for a check-up or when your child is sick.  The next post will relate to feeling sick and how to take care of yourself at home, as well as dealing with missing activities due to illness.  Another will look at broken bones, scrapes, cuts and falls.  Others will look at hospital visits and other chronic health issues.

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For a child who is not scared of going to the Doctor’s office:

Doctor

Yo Gabba Gabba – Season 3, Episode 1

In this episode, Toodee gets sick with a fever and cold.  She wants to play instead of rest to feel better.  The Gabba gang convinces her through song she needs to stay in bed to recover.  Toodee puts up a small fight about seeing the Doctor, but doesn’t really show signs of being scared.  The Gabba Gang then sings about how nice and helpful the Doctor is.  The Doctor comes and tells her basic care instructions like drinking liquids, eating healthy and resting.  Other sections of this episode include beat boxing and a game of food vs. not food, which sadly is something I still need to ask my two year old.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

 

Doctor Monkey

Curious George – Season 1, Episode 12, Part 1

This episode follows The Man with the Yellow hat through his check-up at the Doctors Office.  The Doctor gives him a checkup with standard procedures: recording his weight, checking reflexes, and his listening to his breathing.  George gets to use the stethoscope to listen to the man with the Yellow Hats heart, and when they leave the room he tries on a white coat and goes from room to room pretending to be a doctor treating real patients. As with almost every Curious George episode, no one reprimands George for getting into trouble, and if anything pretending to be a doctor is encouraged.  I see little risk of a child pretending to be a doctor, and my son loves to dress up and pretend he is a doctor too.  Overall this episode is good in teaching your child about what happens at the doctor’s office and that going to the Doctor can be fun!

Available on: Amazon Prime, Netflix, iTunes

 

Caught Blue Handed

Doc McStuffins – Season 1, Episode 8, Part 1

Doc McStuffins is one of my favorite toddler TV shows.  The show has lots of great messages for kids about health and hygiene.  In addition, the quick, witty humor of the characters almost reminds me of a kid’s version of the Gilmore girls.  Any shows in this series will help introduce your child to the idea of Doctors treating patients.  One great starter episode is “Caught Blue Handed.”  In this episode Doc is treating her toys for a blue rash that is spreading from toy to toy.  Doc explains how the Mystery Pox (Glo Blo Pox) spreads from toy to toy, similar to how germs spread from person to person.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

 

“Doctor Daisy, M.D.”

Mickey Mouse – Season 1, Episode 25

The Mickey Mouse group turns the ‘Anywhere Area’ into a Doctor’s office for Daisy to pretend to be a doctor.  She examines her patients and tries to help them with their complaints. Daisy looks at her friends Pluto, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and the mystery guest Pete, then helps them with their pretend issues like a stuck thorn, stomach ache, eye pain and chicken pox.  This is a fun way to introduce kids to the doctors and shows them a doctor asking questions and solving problems.  None of the patients show any fear and since none of the patients are really sick the episode is very upbeat.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

 

For the child who is nervous about going to the doctor’s office for a check-up or sick visit:

Daniel Visits the Doctor

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – Season 1, Episode 2, Part 2

The goal of this episode is to teach children how to deal with new experiences, like going to the Doctor or school.  The song used throughout the episode teaching children how to work through these new experiences is, “When we do something new, let’s talk about what we’ll do.”  Daniel and his mom talk about (and draw) the different things Daniel will do when he gets a check-up.  When Daniel is at his check-up he talks about what will happen with Dr. Anna to make it easier.  The only part of this episode I disliked was when Daniel shows relief after hearing he will not get a shot.  Most kids are already nervous about shots, but if your child isn’t nervous I wouldn’t want a video to give them that idea.  In the next Daniel Tiger episode on this blog Daniel does get a shot and talks about strategies to deal with it.

Available on: Amazon Prime, Netflix, iTunes

Out of the box

Doc McStuffins – Season 1, Episode 1, Part 1

In this episode of Doc McStuffins, her toy Jack-in-the-Box is scared to see the Doctor when he can’t pop.  To help little Jack feel less scared Doc examines his dad first.  This helps little Jack see there is nothing to be afraid of and he is treated by Doc who helps him to pop again.  Having your child’s guardian examined first at the Doctor’s office or having a stuffed animal examined by the doctor is another strategy you can use to help a child who is nervous at the Doctor’s office.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

Chuck and Friends

The Adventures of Chuck and Friends – Season 1, Episode 5, Part 1

Chuck needs to go to the Mechanic, Doc Bolt.  He looks and represents a Doctor in the episode, even though truck parts metaphors are used throughout the whole episode. He needs to see the Doctor because one of his tires is low on air.  He is very nervous about going to the Mechanic and is afraid the Doctor will find something very wrong with him and want to change all his parts.  He tries to hide from his mother and keep using his tires, which cause all of his tires to get so low he can barely move.  After going to the Doctors he just needed a little air pressure added to each tire, and the doctor imparts that most patients are worried it will be much worse than it actually is.  The lesson Chuck proclaims he learned at the end is not to worry about things until you have to.  I am not sure that telling your child to wait until they hear what the doctor has to say before they get worried is the best message for the average child.  This could be good advice for a child s who is worried they will get bad news from the doctor.  The episode also teaches children not to put off going to the doctor because it can make the situation worse.

Available on: Amazon, Netflix, iTunes

For teaching your child about getting a shot:

Getting A Shot: You Can Do It!


Sid the Science Kid – Season 2, Episode 21

This episode follows Sid through vaccination day at his school.  Sid learns about basic hygiene to help stay healthy and keep germs away.  He learns about getting the flu vaccination.  This is a great choice for an older toddler who wants to learn about why they need vaccines or the flu shot.  Sid learns about different strategies for getting a shot, like getting excited about stickers, telling jokes, and not worrying because they are no big deal.  The kids learn about how the flu vaccinations work, with details and a clip of real children getting a shot or nose spray vaccine.  This episode is filled with the usual Sid songs and new songs and dances like “It Might Hurt A Little Bit, But It’s Gonna Help A Whole Lot” and “The Journey of a Germ.”

This episode was created in partnership with the US Dept of Health and Human Services.  It can be watched in full on their youtube site.

Available on: Amazon, YouTube, iTunes

 

Daniel Gets a Shot

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Season 2, Episode 9, Part 1

The goal of this Daniel Tiger episode is to help children through something scary by helping them feel brave.  The song used to help children with this is, “Close your eyes and think of something happy.”  At the end of the episode Daniel gets his shot and he is happy that it didn’t really hurt!  I think for an apprehensive child this episode is good at explaining shots and strategies to deal with it.  I personally would show the episode to my son a few weeks before the doctors and not talk about him getting a shot beforehand to make sure he is watching and not getting too nervous when Daniel is.  Explaining that he is getting a shot after he has seen the episode may be easier.
Available on: Amazon Prime, Netflix, iTunes

Check Up Day

Dora the Explorer – Season 7, Episode 9

Dora the Explorer is excited to go get her yearly check-up, and see how big and strong she has grown. Dora is very excited about her appointment and reviews with the viewer her past check-ups as she has grown up. Dora shows the viewers that she gets a sticker after each appointment, which can be an incentive for a child to want to go to their doctor visit. Dora wants to show other animals who are at the Doctor’s office how to brave when she gets her shot. This can be a great strategy for children with younger siblings who they can be brave for to teach them that getting a shot isn’t scary.

Available on: Amazon, Netflix

Buster Boomer

Doc McStuffins – Season 1, Episode 12, Part 2

Doc McStuffins is treating a Soccer Ball patient, Boomer, who has lost a lot of air and no longer bouncy. As soon as the patient learns he is going to need a check-up and possibly a shot, he becomes jittery and nervous. He is diagnosed with severe deflateolosis. He is scared of the needles needed to fill him with air. Doc shares with Boomer that she is scared of needles too, but she feels brave enough to get a shot after she gets a hug from her mom. The friends give him a hug and he is brave and gets his shots and feels bouncy again right away.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

 

Looking for more videos on children at the Doctor’s Office?

Sesame Street

Sesame Street has many doctor and check-up skits peppered throughout their episodes.  Here are the videos they recommend for teaching your child about the doctor, as well as tips from other parents on visiting the doctor.

Available on: SesameStreet.org

 

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I realize posting this blog in mid-November is a bit late to the game, but for anyone wanting to embrace the last few weeks of Autumn, here are my favorite TV episodes!  I use affiliate links in this post, please see bottom of post for full disclosure.

Five Favorite Fall TV Episodes

1. Pups Fall Festival

Paw Patrol – Season 1, Episode 1, Part 2

This episode is my favorite episode that focuses on Fall with a positive message for children.  In this episode, two members of Paw Patrol, Chase and Marshall, are helping to harvest the fall crops of pumpkins and apples.  When they determine a snow storm is coming and could ruin the apples and pumpkins needed for the Fall Festival, they call in all the Paw Patrol members to help.  The crops are harvested just in time before the snow storm ruins them and the Fall Festival is saved.  The animals have to use teamwork and their imagination to get the work done in time.  They also make a game of harvesting pumpkins, a valuable lesson for little ones who dislike chores and need a strategy to complete them.  This episode is great for all ages, with humor a two year old and a five year old appreciate (a pumpkin falling on a dog’s head is a universal joke, right?)

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

2. Fall and Winter

Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That – Season 1, Episode 40, Pt. 2

The kids are trying to decide what their favorite season is.  In pt. 2 of this episode, they are able to explore Fall and Winter in the garden of season.  I really like the autumn part of the episode, they talk about everything in nature that makes fall great.  They discover leaves changing colors and falling, crunchy leaves, plenty of animals, geese migration, ripe corn, and apples.  Just as in the book, the Cat in the Hat is cavalier and carefree, but not quite as reckless as the original book.  The series maintains a cautious fish to keep the cat in line.  Very informative episode for those looking to talk about the important things that happen in the fall.

Available on: Amazon Prime, Netflix, iTunes

3.  The Amazing Maze Race

 Curious George – Season 3, Episode 5, Pt. 1

In this episode the country characters of Curious George are all competing to win the Annual Amazing Maze Race at Renkins Farm.  Each of the characters has a different strategy.  Curious George and his friend the man with the yellow hat plan to use the map to try and find their way out.  While their way is the slowest method at first, he eventually pulls ahead.  When the cow eats the map at the end of his race, George follows the cow who leads them out of the maze, knowing the cow always knows how to make it back to the barn at milking time.  The characters who participate alone in the maze get lonely and wish they were competing with a friend.  A few small positive messages for children, but overall just a fun episode about a competition in the fall.

Available on: Amazon Prime, Netflix, iTunes

4.  The Last Leaf

Wow, Wow! Wubbzy – Season 1, Episode 12, Part 2

Wubbzy and his friends enjoy the end of fall together and playing in the leaves while waiting for the last leaf to fall.  Wubbzy and his friend Widget leave to play in the leaves and when they come back their friend is napping under the tree, but the leaf has fallen off the tree.  They each try to find the leaf and find two very similar leaves.  At the end, their friend wakes up and has already caught the leaf.  This is a silly episode about Autumn leaves and fall, without much of a message for kids.  The Wubbzy characters are silly as always and it’s a cute short episode for kids to transition from fall to winter.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

5.  Halloween

Yo Gabba Gabba – Season 1, Episode 10

This episode’s primary theme is Halloween, but has lots of fall aspects that apply to your child’s life all season long.  The episode starts off with the song “It is Fall,” a song about leaves falling to the ground (check it out here on the Nick Jr. Website) .  The episode has other songs focused on Halloween – “Halloween, “Trick or Treat” and “Too Much Candy.”  Too much candy is great for teaching children about moderation. Even though my sons candy is long gone, my husband would benefit from me playing this song, since he continues to eat leftover candy each day by the handful.  The cool tricks in this episode is Taekwondo.

Available on: Amazon, iTunes

 

 

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Top Toddler T.V. Shows about SHARING (4)

So far this fall my two year old’s sharing behavior has ranged from tolerant of other kids playing with his toys to full on toddler tyrant.  Before we have play dates we spend a lot of time discussing sharing. Here are my favorite TV shows showing kids the importance of sharing!  I included my seven favorites, and the last three that fit in certain situations you may be looking for.  When choosing which videos to show my child, I look for episodes that model the positive behavior I would like to see and directly relate to situations he has been in or will be in the near future.  This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure at the bottom of my post.

1. Daniel Shares his Tigertastic Car / Katerina Shares her Tutu


Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Season 1, Episode 10

Daniel Tiger is one of my son’s favorite kids shows, and almost every episode has a lesson about how to play with other children.  This episode focuses on sharing, with the daily song of “You can take a turn, then I’ll get it back.”  Overall the episode does a great job of talking about the emotions little ones have when sharing their toys with another friend and how they should feel happy to see their friends happy.  This is great modelling for a child who has to share their toys at play dates.  This song/message will not apply to some types of sharing, but focuses on the most common sharing issue a toddler has.

Available on: Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, itunes

2. Share

Yo Gabba Gabba Season 1, Episode 16

This episode is all about sharing! The Gabba characters are highly relatable to young children and the messages about sharing are simple and easy to understand. The show in its typical bizarre format, a nearby tree explains to a main character Brobee that sharing is fun. After he plays alone for a while he sees that playing with his friends is more fun. Other songs talk about sharing when there are multiple items to split up, sharing a ball and playing catch and not taking things from others.

Available on: Amazon, itunes

3.  Sharing Can Be Hard – Even for Friends

The Best of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Season 3, Episode 1 –  (Episode #1506)

As a parent, I find Mr. Rogers a bit difficult to watch, a bit slow moving without a lot of humor to liven it up. However, the show does a great job explaining things so kids can understand. In this episode, Mr. Rogers explores a shoe store and buys a new pair of shoes in this episode. In the land of make believe the characters learn about sharing. First, the characters learn that if they refuse to take turns, then neither character can get a turn which is not fun for anyone. Next, the puppet Anna is asked to share her special shoes. The King explains everyone has items that are very special and they don’t share. My son has a few of these items, toys that are made by his great grandfather and I would like to keep in nice condition. Before we have friends over we always put these away and identify them as special. If your child has any of these this can help them understand the difference between sharing most of your toys, and a few special items they do not share.  This episode is also available on PBS.org.

Available on: PBS, Amazon, itunes

4.  Learning to Share

Sesame Street- Direct to Video Special.

This is a bit older from 1996 featuring a young Katie Couric, but sharing is a pretty timeless lesson to learn. I have mixed feelings about this special. I plan to use it to teach about sharing when my son starts preschool and needs to learn some of the more complex parts of sharing. I typically prefer if characters model the behavior I would like to see from my son and do not focus too much on negative behavior related to sharing. In this episode Elmo is very focused on that the train is “MINE, MINE, MINE!” If your child has not displayed this behavior yet, I wouldn’t show it to them. However, if your child is struggling with sharing this is one of the few shows that goes into different strategies to share with others (ex. taking turns, playing with different toys together, splitting games into different parts). This video special also demonstrates how friends do not want to play with you if you don’t share, which can help older toddlers understand the importance of sharing.

Looking for other sharing content from Sesame Street?  PBS has compiled their favorite Sesame Street sharing skits for you on their website to peruse with your little one.

Available on: Amazon, itunes

5.  Johnny and the Sprites – Leave a Little Lettuce

Johnny and the Sprites – Season 1, Episode 4

Seymour, a “schmole”, keeps taking all of the lettuce in Johnny’s garden. One of the garden sprites, Ginger, discusses the advantages of sharing the lettuce with his friends. This is a great example of sharing by each person only taking a little bit so there is enough for everyone. The episode is only five minutes and can hold the attention of almost any age group. Most of the clip is singing and dancing, and Johnny and the Sprites is known for its musical talents. I cannot find the five minute “episode” streamed alone, but the entire season 1 DVD can be found on Amazon for a low price. If you are only interested in the five minute sharing episode, I found it here on youtube.

Available on: Amazon, YouTube

 

6.  Kai-Lan’s Campout


Ni Hao, Kai-Lan – Season 1: Episode 7

Kai-Ian camps out with her friends in the backyard.  Her Koala bear friend, Tolee, doesn’t want to share his Panda toy.  Kai-lan and her animal friends ask to take a turn playing with his Panda Toy, Pandy.  Tolee does not want to let the others take a turn playing with Pandy and has a mild tantrum then walks out.  Kai-lan decides they need to show Pandy that sharing is okay, and stays by his side to help him while he is upset about sharing (much kinder than most kids would be of a tantrum).  First her grandfather lets the kids take turns playing his drum, singing a song about how everyone gets to play when you take turns.  “Everyone gets to play, when you take turns!” The show is a bit repetitive, but this is good reinforcement for little ones of the message.  Children will also get to learn new Mandarin words related to camping/sleeping.

Available on: Amazon, itunes

 

7.  The Goose and The Golden Eggs

Super Why – Season 3, Episode 1

Super Why is aimed at the older toddler/preschoolers who are developing their reading skills, but it doesn’t hurt to start introducing your child to letters and words before they are reading.  The show has a lot of references to characters in classic children’s stories, but the show still make sense if your child doesn’t know who little red riding hood or Goldie Locks are yet.  In this episode Little Red Riding Hood refuses to share any of her apples, then none of her friends want to stay and play with her.  The Super Why (Wyatt) takes them into the story about The Goose and the Golden Egg where a young man is refusing to share his special eggs.  After his goose lays thousands of eggs the man finally realizes his house is full and he has plenty of eggs to share.  This helps Red learn she should share her extra apples with her friends.  The episode has many songs about reading, including the ABCs, and asks children to help identify letters with the super readers.

Available on: Amazon, itunes

7.  The Share Shack

Carebear and Cousins – Season 1, Episode 4 (Netflix Exclusive)

This Carebears’ quest in this episode is to help Sharebear open up a Share Shack for Sharebear to share snacks with all the other Carebears.  The Carebear’s divides up tasks in order to open the Share Shack.  The main lesson in this episode is that both the older Carebears and the new Carebear cousins who have new ways of doing things are important to the process.  In the end they realize they all contribute to new Share Shack (and life) in their own unique way.  This episode is not about the traditional sharing, but can be a good example of working hard to share with friends, families, and the less fortunate.

Available on: Netflix

8. Sharing the Rocket Ship

Big Time Caillou & other Stories: Caillou Explores (originally Season 1, Episode 16)

This episode is a far-fetched version of sharing for me, but I decided to include it for anyone who is in a similar situation.  In this episode, Caillou and his friend pool their money to buy a rocket ship together.  They must then take turns with the rocket ship, passing it back and forth each day.  When Caillou’s little sister damages the rocket ship his friend is sad (although surprisingly not mad at Caillou).  They decide that sharing the rocket ship is too difficult and give it to a friend for her birthday.  As a mom, I would never let my young child buy a toy with a friend, it seems predictable it would end poorly.  The lesson the episode shows at the end is that sharing a toy cannot work and it only needs one owner.  If your child has to share an item and you want them to work it out and succeed, this is not a good example.

Available on: Amazon Prime, Netflix

9.  Fair Share

PEEP: Season 3 episode 9

In this episode the birds explore taking your fair share of turns.  In each of their games, the duck keeps taking more turns than everybody else, which upsets his friends.  Then the duck tries to eat more of the crackers they found than his friends.  The birds then have to figure out how to split up two crackers among three birds so everyone gets a fair share.  The episode is cute, but I chose not to show this one to my child.  The birds are all very stuck on making sure things are fair, and lots of times sharing is not even or fair, and I don’t want my son getting too stuck on this.  Sometimes his friends get more goldfish than he does, or take a longer turn, and that’s okay!  Teaching him that life is a bit unfair at times is easier than trying to force fairness in all situations.  If you love PEEP (which many, many people do) you could also point out to your child how much time the friends spend bickering over making everything fair instead of enjoying their crackers and having fun.  If your child is struggling to try and take a similar number of turns to his friends, this can also be a way to show them how it upsets others when things are unfair.

This episode is not available on Amazon yet, but you can view it right on the Peep website!

10.  Friends

Yo Gabba Gabba – Season 1, Episode 7

While this episode is titled friends, a lot of being with friends overlaps with sharing so I decided to include this episode as well.  This episode includes songs related to sharing like ‘It’s your turn’ and ‘Share,’ with other songs about general friendship things like ‘High Five’ and ‘Hands to Yourself.’  Guest star on the Dancey-Dance segment is Mya with the peanut butter stomp (which vaguely resembles the stinky leg), which is always a fun bonus for the parent!

Available on: Amazon, itunes

 

Have a favorite TV episode or Kids Movie about sharing?  Tell me about it in the comments section?

 

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