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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