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Circle Time Squabble

Episode: 324a
Air Date: July 9, 2018
Previous Episode: 323b - Daniel Sits on the Potty
Next Episode: 324b - It's Not Okay To Hurt Someone
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Chrissie is visiting Daniel Tiger and his friends at school. As they pretend to play restaurant, Daniel and Miss Elaina disagree over who will serve purple polka dot pancakes to Chrissie. Teacher Harriet calls the students for circle time where Daniel and Miss Elaina disagree again -- this time about who will sit next to Chrissie. As Daniel comes close to pushing Miss Elaina off her stool, Teacher Harriet intervenes: "Stop, stop, stop. It's okay to feel angry. It's not, not, not okay to hurt someone." Sharing their feelings with one another, the two friends are able to agree on a compromise.

During circle time, the children play freeze dance -- a game designed to help them learn to stop their bodies when necessary. Daniel encourages viewers to play along.

Outside, Daniel make-believes that he's playing a hopper ball game before he and Prince Wednesday both want to use the only remaining hopper ball. Although frustrated with his friend, Prince Wednesday stops himself before the disagreement escalates. He and Daniel agree to take turns.


  • "Stop, stop, stop. It's okay to feel angry. It's not, not, not okay to hurt someone."


Appearing In This Episode

Live Action Segment

The live action segment following this episode includes children settling disagreements as they play together.



Preparing for circle time, Miss Elaina sings "Clean up, pick up, put away..." -- a strategy shared in Episode 123.



Episode Credits

Written by Becky Friedman
Created by Angela C. Santomero
Based on the work of Fred Rogers

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