Mr. Bleakman bakes a giant cookie for the Birdwell Fair then leaves it unattended. Clifford gets one whiff of it and, try as he might, simply can't resist the temptation to taste it. Mr. Bleakman forgives the big dog when he realizes that everyone makes mistakes- including the mistake of leaving too big of a temptation in front of a child.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend

By practicing good judgment, children can learn the idea of moderation and make better decisions for themselves. The following activities nurture:

  • math and numbers
  • reading and language
  • physical and motor skills

Clifford's Sugar Cookies with Red Icing

Materials: Sugar cookie recipe, ingredients, small plates, napkins

Dough Icing
1C shortening 2# powdered sugar
1C sugar 2/3 C shortening
2 eggs 1 tsp. salt
2 tbs. vanilla 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1C sour cream 2/3 C milk
5 C flour Red food coloring
2 tsp. baking powder 
1 tsp. salt 

Directions- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare then roll out dough on a floured surface. Cut out shapes with favorite cookie cutter. Place on lightly greases cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes. Prepare icing. When cookies are cool, spread icing.

With a Group:
Prepare a trio of cookies in a small bag to send home with children. Discuss the common sense reasons for using moderation when eating something so delicious as Clifford's Cookies. Encourage children to save one cookie for a dessert after their evening meal and to share the other cookies with a friend or family member.

What Makes a Friend?

Materials: scrap paper, material, buttons, lace, yarn, glue, markers (simple household items that could be used to make a card)

Take turns describing how you know when someone is or isn't your friend. Share ideas with your child about ways to show a friend you care for them. Remind your child that friends share, help each other, are truthful and trustworthy. Then, use items from around the house to create an original card for a special friend.

Friendship Necklace

Materials: Styrofoam packing ("peanuts"), acrylic paint/spray paint, yarn or heavy thread.

Make a colorful string of beads! Paint the "peanuts" all different colors and designs. Try patterns and letters too. After pieces dry from painting, string them and tie the ends together to make a personalized friendship necklace.

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