Clifford works hard to try to make the perfect Valentine for Emily to show her how much he loves her. In the end, he learns that it's his presence, not presents, that means the most to Emily Elizabeth.

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

Keeping a friendship alive and well requires invaluable social skills: doing good deeds for others, sharing, empathy, and listening, to name a few. Activities that help children exercise and explore friendships will build:

  • social and emotional skills.

Amos & Boris by William SteigAmos & Boris by William Steig

This splendid story of true friendship between a whale and mouse shows, rather than tells, the merits of cooperation and helpfulness. It is funny and the illustrations are playful.

Secret PalsSecret Pals

With a Group:
Here is an activity that is fun and promotes a supportive atmosphere for working together and doing good deeds. You will need a 3x5 index card for each child. Have the children write their names on their cards, fold them in half, and put them into a container. Then have each child pick a "secret pal" for the day by picking a card from the container (without looking, of course).

It will be the job of each child to be friendly and helpful to the secret pal for the rest of the day WITHOUT letting anyone know who their secret pal is. It might be a good idea to brainstorm some ideas of friendly and helpful things that the children can do.

At the end of the day, each child will guess who his or her secret pal was. Discuss how their secret pals made them feel today.

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