Abby’s Smoothie Story

A video to help children understand needs and wants and to encourage families to be flexible and creative.

Each day brings new changes, challenges, and opportunities. Right now, children and families may not have everything they’re used to having on hand, which can lead to some difficult moments and tough conversations. This video can help children understand the difference between needs and wants, to prioritize needs, and to be flexible and creative as a family. 

  1. Before Viewing: Explain to your child that together you’ll watch this video to see how Abby’s mom helps her make a new yummy treat using foods they have on hand. (You might share this video before you shop for groceries or receive a delivery, to help children prepare for the possibility that all the items may not arrive.) 
  2. During Viewing:Pause if your child has questions, and talk together about what you’re seeing. Ask:
    • “What is a need? What is a want? Can you explain the difference?”
    • “What of smoothie [or other favorite treat] would you most like to have? What could we use if we didn’t have [ingredient]?”
  3. After Viewing: Talk more about needs and wants. On a sheet of paper, write the word “needs” on one half and “wants” on the other. Then talk about and draw pictures of items that go in each category.