FALSE FRIENDS (Episode 106b)

When Cleo gets a new doggie playground and suddenly Mac is her new best friend, she begins ignoring Clifford and T-Bone! But Cleo soon learns that good friends stick by you through thick and thin.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good FriendClifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend

A good friend is one of life's greatest gifts. Being a good friend is one of life's greatest challenges. Clifford, T-Bone, and Cleo are dear friends and model the ways friends share, respect one another, and remain loyal. But friendships aren't always easy—they require listening, problem-solving, and loyalty. The following activities will help build:

  • social and emotional development
  • creative thinking and imagination

Something to Talk AboutSomething to Talk About

Talk with the child about ways to solve problems that come up in a friendship. For example, ask,

  • What is a good friend?
  • How are you a good friend?
  • Who is a good friend to you?
  • What do your good friends do to show that they are your friends?
  • What are some things that can go wrong between friends?
  • How can friends solve those problems?

Be sure to praise the child when he or she is being a good friend!

Paper Friend PuppetsPaper Friend Puppets

With a Group:
Role-playing and fantasy play allow children to imitate and recreate friendships, relationships, and the world around them. Before starting this art activity, talk with the group about friends. Have each child choose three special friends and tell you what makes each of the three a good friend.

Have the children draw a picture of each friend on a sheet of card stock or cardboard. You may want to give younger children a pattern that they can trace. Provide plenty of art supplies to complete the figures, such as markers, yarn, scraps of fabric, and crayons. Have the children cut the puppets from the cards. (Younger children may need your help.) Use cardboard to attach backstands so that the figures can stand up or attach craft sticks to create stick puppets.

When the puppets are complete, provide plenty of free time to play but also use the puppets to spark children to think about friendships. For example, initiate creative play by saying

  • Today when you play with your puppets, pretend that all three want to play with the same toy, but there's only one toy. What will the puppets do?

To keep the puppets safe between play periods, store them in envelopes or a folder.

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