CLIFFORD'S BIG HEART (Episode
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.
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
- social and emotional skills.
& 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.
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.