It's Emily Elizabeth's birthday and she only wishes for one thing--a puppy from Mr. Bradley's litter. Emily Elizabeth can't resist Clifford, the runt of the litter. He's so small that he can't reach his water bowl -- and he's just the right size to sleep in Mr. Howard's slipper. But soon, Emily Elizabeth's little dog grows so big that the Howard family has to move to a bigger house!

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good FriendClifford's Big Idea: Be Kind

Kindness is one of the most fulfilling qualities that anyone can possess. Being kind requires a connection with someone else's feelings. By involving children in acts of kindness, you can help them better understand generosity and empathy for others. The following activities nurture:

  • social and emotional skills
  • life skills
  • critical thinking and problem solving skills

Kindness in a Jar!Kindness in a Jar!

Paint a glass or plastic jar with designs of hearts, balloons, etc. Cut a slit in the lid. As your child performs acts of kindness, record each one on a piece of brightly colored paper and slip it in the jar. Set a goal for a fun reward like a movie, playtime at the park, or overnight company for reaching a goal or number of goals. Take time to read acts of kindness again to remember how good it felt to do something kind for someone else.

Kindness Surprise!Kindness Surprise!

Help your child brainstorm ways that family and friends could be surprised with acts of kindness. Encourage your child's enthusiasm for showing kindness to others by using these ideas:

  • Share a smile by arranging a bouquet of wild flowers for someone who's sick.
  • Show support by sharing something sweet with someone needing encouragement.
  • Express appreciation by giving time to someone who's lonely.
  • Be helpful by doing a chore for someone who's less able.
  • Spread laughter by telling silly jokes to someone who needs cheering up.

Mission Appreciation!Mission Appreciation!

With a Group:
Help children create a group mission statement. A mission statement simply states a goal and reason for achieving that goal. It could be as simple as contributing 30 minutes a week to helping a neighborhood project for the good of the community or spending time with someone elderly to show concern for a Senior Citizen. As missions are completed, award certificates of appreciation to celebrate Mission Appreciation!

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