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Episode 1566

Topic: Playthings
Air Date: November 24, 1986
Previous Episode: 1565 - Celebrations
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Mister Rogers arrives with a wooden toy that is broken. Taking the toy gymnast to the kitchen, he is able to repair it with a small tack.

At the Neighborhood gym, Mister Rogers meets Chainey Umphrey who demonstrates many of his gymnastic talents. To assist Mr. Umphrey during his floor routine, Mister Rogers plays music through a cassette player. Also at the gym is Chuck Aber who is working on a new elephant toy. Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about the importance of learning and practicing.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Neighbor Aber is showing King Friday how his H.J. Elephant puppet likes to do somersaults. After the King suggests that Lady Elaine has an toy gymnastic elephant, Mr. Aber and his puppet join Mr. McFeely on his way to the Museum-Go-Round. At the museum, Mr. McFeely delivers Lady Elaine's new ladder toy before Mr. Aber asks about her elephant toy. Lady Elaine informs him that her elephant is the only one like it in the world and it is locked in a room where no one can see it by direct order from NPR (National Playthings Reserve).

Back at the house, Mister Rogers sings Let's Think of Something to Do before Mr. McFeely stops by with four cut-outs of letters that look the same when turned different directions -- the letters O, X, I, and H. Before he leaves, Mr. McFeely talks about some of the toys he played with when he was a child.


A clip of Mister Rogers' visit with Chainey Umphrey can be seen in Episode 1684 when Mr. Umphrey visits the Neighborhood again.

Chainey Umphrey's floor routine is performed to an instrumental version of I Like to Take My Time.

This episode marks the first modern appearance of H.J. Elephant III.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Chainey Umphrey




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, David Newell, Chainey Umphrey III
Special Thanks to Jewarts' Gymnastics
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producers: Sam Newbury, Margaret Whitmer
Director: Paul Lally
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1986 Family Communications, Inc.

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