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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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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