The Big Idea: We reach out and hold hands to stick together—showing support and helping each other. This is also a reminder to “reach out” for help when we most need it.
- Watch the video together, then trace children’s hands on a blank sheet of paper. Help them write their names in the middle (or write them for them).
- Ask children to name the ways the Sesame Street friends use their hands to show acts of kindness: they clap to show appreciation, pat someone on the back, hold hands to stay safe or offer comfort, and make gifts.
- Together, think of more ways we use our hands (to draw a loved one a picture, prepare, share, or serve food, write a loving note, wave hello and goodbye, give someone a thumbs-up, and so on). On each finger, help children write one idea, then color in and decorate their hands. If possible, display children’s work.
- Last, use your real hands to high-five each other. Then, using your own two hands, create the heart shape that Sophia makes at the end of the video. Show children how to do the same.