Giver

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Kids' ideas become reality in inspiring volunteer builds.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Although much of the heavy construction is done off-camera, kids do get to see the basic process by which a new playground takes shape, from designing one on paper to using tools and a variety of materials to build it. The crews use lots of tools and techniques to achieve the desired look for each unique project as well. 

Positive Messages

Viewers see the rewards of community involvement and helping others, not to mention cooperation, teamwork, and learning new skills. Volunteers of all ages and races work side by side for a common goal: make other people's lives better. Compassion and gratitude are major themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults and kids work as partners in all aspects of the projects, from coming up with a theme and designing the structure to using tools to the actual construction process. They're motivated by a desire to give back to their communities in a tangible and fun way.  

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Giver is a heartwarming reality series that shows teams of volunteers improving their communities with new and improved playgrounds for kids. It's a cooperative effort, and the kids are equal partners in the design and construction of the structure from the first sketch on paper to the placement of the last bolt. This is an excellent show for parents and kids to watch together, and everyone will be inspired by its messages of empowerment and philanthropy, not to mention amazed by the creative playgrounds.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 year old Written byChantell J. November 22, 2017

Never give up

I think this is a great, because it helps are childs to get on ther feet and have fun ever day
Kid, 8 years old January 27, 2018

I luv it

It really makes kids help out more and makes them nicer. So if you want that, watch this!

What's the story?

GIVER challenges teams of volunteers to design and construct new playgrounds for community programs in need. Each episode follows six kids and their adult counterparts as they renovate or build new play areas based on creative themes and the kids' cooperative designs. Working with host Michael Lagimodiere and a group of willing grown-ups, the kids see their visions become a reality for some worthy community causes.

Is it any good?

This series is an inspiring illustration of what regular people can do when they're motivated to make life better for other people, and a sense of community is central to this show's message. With counseling centers, schools, and neighborhood parks among its beneficiaries, Giver shows viewers that helping other people is a rewarding and far-reaching experience. Great examples of teamwork, outreach, and skills building at every turn make this a fun and worthwhile pick for families.

Of course, if you do watch with your kids, they may be so enthusiastic about the teams' creativity that they start dreaming up similar projects for their own play area. The fact that the sky's the limit when it comes to these structures makes for some pretty astounding finished products inspired by the kids' own ideas. The real world -- and real budgets -- may not be so accommodating, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun dreaming up your family's own perfect playground. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about philanthropy in Giver. What rewards do you get when you give to others? How does voluntarism improve a community and help its members feel like a valued part of it? 

  • Why does this show focus on play areas in particular? Why is physical activity important to your physical and emotional well-being? How do you strike a healthy balance between screen time and other activities such as playing with friends?

  • What causes in your community could benefit from your family's help? Which skills and expertise can you bring to one or more of them? Can you think of a need that isn't being addressed that you could fill?

  • How does Giver promote compassion, gratitude, and teamwork? Why are these important character strengths?

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