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A New Friend at the Playground

Episode: 405b
Air Date: September 20, 2018
Previous Episode: 405a - A New Friend at School
Next Episode: 406a - Daniel Visits the Dentist
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Daniel is playing splat ball at the park with Miss Elaina when Jodi arrives with her Nana. After teaching Jodi how to play the game, Daniel becomes frustrated when she and Miss Elaina leave him out. Lady Elaine Fairchilde reminds Daniel, "Even when friends play with someone new, they will still be friends with you." Recognizing Daniel's feelings, Miss Elaina invites him to rejoin the game.

Daniel make-believes that he can do "lots and lots of tiger-tastic splat ball tricks."

When Daniel and Jodi pretend they are polar bears living in an ice cave, Miss Elaina would rather play jungle explorers. Daniel joins Miss Elaina and Jodi feels left out. Realizing that they are all still friends, Jodi decides to play explorers with Daniel and Miss Elaina. They all agree to compromise by playing "polar bear explorers."


  • "Even when friends play with someone new, they will still be friends with you."


Appearing In This Episode


Splat ball is a game frequently played by Daniel and his friends. It is first mentioned in Episode 101b.

This episode is featured on the DVD Won't You Be Our Neighbor?.



Episode Credits

Written by Jennifer Hamburg
Created by Angela C. Santomero
Based on the work of Fred Rogers

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