Clifford gets a bad case of the hiccups—and that's a real problem for a dog the size of Clifford! His dog friends work together to come up with various remedies for Clifford, but they are not successful. The hiccups eventually go away on their own, but Clifford lets his friends know how good it feels to know that they care so much about him.

Clifford's Big Idea: Help Others; Be a Good FriendClifford's Big Idea: Help Others; Be a Good Friend

The importance of appreciating others and letting friends know how good it feels to have their friendship is a valuable lesson to learn. This important lesson can be taught through tasks that emphasize

  • physical and motor skills
  • art appreciation

Kid ConnectionsKid Connections

With a group:
Have each child find a partner. As you call out body parts, each child connects with his or her partner. "Toe to toe! Elbow to elbow! Knee to knee!" Then try calling "finger to shoulder" or "wrist to ear" or "heel to back." Experiment with connecting thighs, knuckles, and cheeks. The children will watch and learn as they successfully bond in these "kid connections." They will discover all the ways their body parts can move, bend, twist, and turn.

Buddy PaintingsBuddy Paintings

With a group:
Tape two pieces of easel paper together side by side and have two children work together on a painting. When the paintings have dried, untape them and let each child keep half as a reminder of their friendship.

Community CornerCommunity Corner

Have the child think of someone who needs to be feel more appreciated: The mail carrier? The newspaper carrier? The person who makes and serves lunch at school? Together, come up with a way to make that person feel valued by the child. Make a treat, design cards or drawings, or make a sculpture together, and present it with an appreciative note.

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