The Big Idea: We reach out and hold hands to stick together, show our love, and help each other. They’re also a reminder to “reach out” for help when we most need it.
- Watch the video together with children, then trace children’s hands on blank sheets 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.
- Invite children to think of more ways they use their hands (to draw a loved one a picture, prepare, share, 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 Sofia makes at the end of the video. Show children how to do the same. They can try it with a parent, too.