Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Stuffed animals, dolls, or picture cards of animals or people for all participants
- Basket or paper bag
Preparation for Activity
- Obtain a variety of stuffed animals, dolls or picture cards of different animals.
Description of Activity
Ask the children if they ever felt like Coyote did, that they were tired of their friends or didn't like something about them, and felt like playing alone. Allow some comments. Then ask, "What happened to Coyote after he left all his friends?" Affirm comments like:
- Coyote lost more music every time he ignored a friend.
- When Coyote thought mean things about his friends, he didn't feel good.
- Coyote forgot how to have fun when he spent all his time alone.
- Make the point that Coyote learned that it is fine to be alone sometime, but we do need friends. And every friend has something about them that we can appreciate.
Invite the children one at a time to choose a stuffed animal, a doll or a picture card from the basket or bag, preferably without seeing which one they are taking. You might say, "[Name of child], would you like to have a new friend?" Ask each child, "[Name of child], who is your new friend?" Allow the child to give the friend a name. Then ask, "What is something special that you like about [new friend's name]?" Affirm all responses by saying, "Thank you," or "Pleased to meet you, [new friend's name]." After all children have had a chance, ask them to return the "new friends" to the basket or bag so they can play together.