Quirky puppet characters and various styles of music videos help demonstrate and explain the changes and emotions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new series by Arts for Learning, which is the Virginia Affiliate of Young Audiences, is available for a limited time on NNPS-TV.

Topics include wearing a mask, influencing others, positive thinking, and handling disappointment.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to:

  • recognize and manage their emotions;
  • demonstrate caring and concern for others;
  • establish positive relationships;
  • make responsible decisions; and
  • handle challenging situations constructively.

The lovable characters display typical feelings like fear, loneliness, negativity, boredom, and anxiety, learning to handle them and feel better.

"Spread Kindness (Not Germs)" follows "This Just In," which airs every day at 6 and 8 a.m., noon, and 3 and 6 p.m. "This Just In" is usually 5-10 minutes long.

"Spread Kindness (Not Germs)" is airing through June 21.

Grades Pre-K through 5. Each show is approximately 5-10 minutes long.

Program descriptions:

A Simple Task

Artie learns it's simple things like washing hands and wearing a mask to show kindness and respect to others.
(Responsible Decision Making, Social Awareness)

I Am An Influencer

Suzy gets a new perspective on influencing others and self-awareness.
(Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision Making)


Scruff learns the power of self-talk and how our words and thoughts shape our lives.
(Self-Management, Self-Awareness, Relationship Skills)

Wish Stone

Artie learns that wishing doesn't make things happen. He has to make a plan and follow through.
(Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making)

Time Machine

Artie wants to build a time machine to take back something he said.
(Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Relationship Skills)

Imagination Creation

Brandon explores his imagination.
(Self-Awareness, Self-Management)

The Power of Self-Control

Scruff deals with a stressful situation and considers the impact of his behavior.

Handling Disappointment

Timmy Buffet helps Artie deal with his feelings and be present-minded.

Facing Our Fears

Scruff and Artie confront their fears together.
(Self-Awareness, Self-Management)

It's Time To Explore

Brandon finds a friend and collaborator in Suzy when he challenges preconceptions and learns to communicate.
(Relationship Skills, Self-Awareness)