Evan promises to give Emily Elizabeth skateboarding lessons, but repeatedly breaks their plans when the captain of the basketball team, Bill Mazer, invites him to play ball. Evan learns the importance of keeping a promise.

Clifford's Idea to Grow On: Be a Good FriendClifford's Ideas to Grow On: Have Respect and Be a Good Friend

Developing respect for others is reinforced through positive social interaction at home and play. How children see themselves in relation to others depends greatly on their experiences. The following activities nurture:

  • social and emotional skills
  • life skills
  • language and literacy skills

Discover Your Best FriendDiscover Your Best Friend!

Read Clifford's Best Friend by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic). Discuss how Clifford and Emily Elizabeth care for each other as friends. Encourage your child to invite a friend over to enjoy Clifford the Big Red Dog books and cartoons for fun examples on how friends play and care for each other.

Party TimeParty Time!

Help your child plan a party and be sure to invite a new friend! Remember to do these simple things to make everyone feel special:

  • Make nametags for each guest.
  • Greet each guest with a balloon, silly hat, or ice cream cone.
  • Play games where everyone comes away with a prize.
  • Give everyone a disposable camera to use and take home for later enjoyment.

Time to Give TimeTime to Give Time!

With a Group:
Invite a local Senior Citizen advocate or assisted living administrator to share how children can give of their time and talents to add to the quality of life for others. Then prepare to interact with senior citizens for a rewarding experience! The goal is for the children to grow in appreciation of this treasured generation and to experience serving others with the gift of giving time.

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