THE BIG FETCH (Episode 134b)
Vaz is new at being a paperboy and is struggling with getting the papers
onto people's doorsteps. Cleo steps in and discovers that she can earn
treats by helping out! She recruits Clifford and T-Bone and together they
enjoy helping Vaz outand getting treats. Before long Cleo has forgotten
about the helping-out part and is only concerned with getting treats.
Clifford and T-Bone help her rediscover that helping for its own sake
is its own reward.
Big Idea: Help Others
Helping others, especially good friends, benefits them and makes
you feel pretty good, too. These activities on the theme of helping
- physical and motor skills
- language and literacy skills
Butter and Jelly Dance
With a group:
Put on some fun dancing music and invite children to a Peanut Butter
and Jelly Dance! In this dance, everybody has to be part of a four-person
sandwich: two children are slices of bread, one is peanut butter, and
another is jelly. Dance around and then stop the music! All parts of
the sandwich must now fall apart. When the music starts again, have
the children reassemble to make new sandwiches.
Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston.
The joys of friendship are shared when Anna teaches Amber how to
Three Smart Pals by Joanne Rocklin.
A story of three good friends, Al, Sal, and Hal, and the adventures
they have solving problems.
For older children:
Writing poetry together can lead to a creative meeting of the minds!
Suggest a familiar topic to the child (an animal, pet, activity, or
food, for example). Encourage the child to write a poem with you. The
poem may rhyme but does not have to rhyme. Get your creative juices
flowing by playing some music softly in the background.