TWO'S COMPANY (Episode 136a)
All of the dogs are so excited that their old friend K.C. is back on
the island for a couple of days. Cleo, however, is particularly excited
and focuses all of her attention on him, ignoring T-bone and Clifford.
She discovers that being a good friend means that you should be kind and
considerate to all your friends and not take any of them for granted..
Big Idea: Be a Good Friend
Sometimes the people and things we see everyday get less of our
attention than they deserve. Thinking of ways to show that we appreciate
and value them can lead to lessons in
- critical thinking and problem solving
- physical and motor skills
Being a good friend to many people at the same time can be like a juggling
act. When friends are all together at the same time, it's hard to make
sure that no one is being ignored. Talk about activities and games that
are more fun when played with more people, such as board games, basketball,
and even puzzles.
With a group:
Use a playgroup, family, friends, or even a neighborhood gathering to
draw and illustrate a mural of friends playing together. Talk about
the special things friends do together, such as taking turns, playing
chase games, or looking at storybooks. If possible, take pictures of
the pals playing together and working on the mural together. Use a color
copier to enlarge and make copies. Use the pictures as a part of the
With a group:
Children will enjoy constructing these towers together. Collect grocery
bags and newspapers from friends, families, and neighbors, letting them
know that you will be reusing them. Find a large space to begin your
building adventure. Gather the children in a circle to make building
blocks from paper bags stuffed with crumpled newspaper.
- Give each child two bags and a stack of newspaper.
- Show them how to separate, unfold, and then crumple the paper into
- Open one bag and stuff it with wads of paper.
- Slip a second bag over the first and seal with tape.
- Repeat until their materials are gone.
The more building blocks you make, the higher your towers can be! How
high can their towers teeter before they fall?