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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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:


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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