CLIFFORD'S HICCUPS (Episode
Clifford gets a bad case of the hiccupsand 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.
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
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.
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.
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.