Today is Daniel Tiger’s birthday! Daniel is very excited to go to Baker Aker’s bakery to help his Mom pick out a cake for his party, and so proud that his mom lets him carry the cake himself. But when they arrive back home after a bumpy ride on Trolley, he discovers that his birthday cake is smooshed! What a disappointment. His father helps him see that there are good things even in a smooshed cake – it’s yummy.
Daniel Tiger and his friends Prince Wednesday and Miss Elaina are having a picnic at the park near the clock factory. When it starts to rain, their picnic is ruined, leaving them very disappointed. Dad Tiger helps them turn their disappointment around with an inside picnic instead – inside the clock factory where the friends find something else good when they get to hear “chime time” together.
The learning goal of this episode is to help children deal with disappointment. The strategy song of this episode is: When something seems bad, turn it around and find something good!
Fred Rogers Timeless Wisdom
“Working through disappointment can be a healthy experience for both parents and children. Even if it were possible to give someone everything he or she asks for, we would be depriving that person of many ways of growing…many ways of understanding oneself and loved ones.”
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