Fred Rogers wrote these tips for parents on how children can learn about being helpers. The emphases on cooking and working towards a goal relate to a particular week of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood episodes. Mister Rogers bakes waffles with a few Neighborhood friends. He repairs a bucket that has a hole in it, and later in the week uses a hole-puncher and shows a film about woodpeckers.
In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the neighbors plan for a waffle, potato, and maple syrup festival. Lady Elaine Fairchilde learns how to use a drill. Everyone in the NOM helps make the festival a success.