Mr. Bleakman appears to the dogs to be particularly grumpy one day. At first they are upset with him, but then they overhear Mrs. Howard say that sometimes a grumpy attitude can be changed through acts of kindness. This inspires the dogs to perform a series of "secret good deeds" to see if they can turn Mr. Bleakman's frown into a smile. They are surprised to learn that performing kind acts makes them feel much better too!

Clifford's Big Idea: Help OthersClifford's Big Idea: Help Others

Learning to do something nice for others takes practice, practice, and practice. Helping children experience the pleasure of kindness toward others will enhance

  • social and emotional skills
  • life skills

Sssh-hh, It's a SecretSssh-hh, It's a Secret

Good deeds will brighten the day for both the "doer" and the receiver! Model the thoughtfulness of doing a good deed for the pleasure of doing it by making a list of people you care about:

  • family members
  • neighbors
  • childcare providers
  • community helpers such as a mail carrier

Write each name on a small piece of paper and put them in a box or plastic container. Throughout the week, choose one name and plan a special, secret deed to brighten that person's day.

How Are You Today?How Are You Today?

Help the child learn to identify feelings and moods through this self-exploration activity. On separate pieces of cardstock or tagboard, have the child illustrate each of the following emotions or feelings:

  • grouchy
  • angry
  • embarrassed
  • tired
  • satisfied
  • hungry

Label each of the drawings in bold, clear print. Laminating the cards will help them last. Have the child keep them in a safe or private place. Choose times throughout the day when the child can retrieve the card that reflects his or her feelings at that moment.

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