Clifford and Jorge are reminiscing about the day they met, a day that ended in a big surprise.

Clifford's Idea to Grow On: Be A Good FriendClifford's Idea to Grow On: Be A Good Friend

Learning how to interact with others is an important part of your child's social and emotional growth. One of the best ways to help your child be successful in handling the challenges of friendship is to provide fun and meaningful opportunities for interaction. The following activities will nuture:

  • critical thinking skills
  • social and emotional skills
  • physical and motor skills

Feelings of True Friendship!Feelings of True Friendship!

Taking time to discuss real-life situations after reading a book can help your child understand some of the challenges that come along with friendship.


  • Read Annie Bananie, by Leah Komiko (Harper Trophy). Discuss how one feels when a good friend moves away.
  • Read True Francine, by Marc Brown, (Little Brown & Co.). Discuss what to do when a good friend asks you to do something that you know is wrong. Why is it important for you to do what you know is right, even if someone else doesn't? Remember... good friends think about what's best for each other, not just themselves.

Friendly Fruit Heads!Friendly Fruit Heads!

With a Group:
This activity gives children the opportunity to work together with friends in a fun and fruity way!

Prep: Handle everything with clear plastic gloves. Wash fruit. Divide other food bits and toothpicks among small, supervised groups. Use apples, oranges, pears, and bananas for fruit heads. Decorate friendly faces by using marshmallows, grapes, lime and lemon slices (ears and lips!), raisins, cereal loops, candy...anything edible that a toothpick will pierce. Take a snapshot of each child with their fruit head creation. Place all the fruit heads and pictures in one basket. At snack time, pass the basket around so that each child can match their picture and "Friendly Fruit Head!"

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