Best Friends Forever
Goomo thinks Bello is his best friend. But, does Bello feel the same about him? Goomo sets out to test their friendship but the constant testing makes Bello run in the opposite direction. Upset with each other, they go off to play with "other friends", but they discover that nobody is more fun and understands your special nature like your BFF (Best Friend Forever).
Thanks to this episode the young viewers will realize the importance of friendship in general and of “best friends” in particular.
An important aspect of friendship, in this age group, is discovering that we can experience mixed feelings toward those we love and that we can get mad at out friends and then settle our differences and make up.
This episode deals with the development of emotional intelligence thru the profound friendship that exists between Bello & Goomo, the “best of friends”. Both will experience the greatness of their friendship as well as their differences until they realize that relationships must be grounded on respect and empathy for one another.
It's important for children to realize the possible ambivalence of feelings towards the same person. It is during this age, that they are confronted with the idea that it's possible to love and hate the same person.
The episode transmits the importance of differentiating what I want for the other person from what that other person really wants. We must respect the real needs of others and not impose our own desires.
The characters experience very different states of mind throughout the episode. This is something important for children since they also experience great changes in relation to their affections.
The music in this episode identifies itself with friendship, movement and space. In the musical vignette, towards the end of the episode, the characters prove their friendship by dancing together. The movement and music allows them to communicate and express their feelings.
Happiness Mask/Sadness Mask. Take two pieces of construction paper. On one of the sides of the first piece of paper, we will draw the mask of happiness. The mask of sadness will be drawn on the second piece of paper. The child will draw things that he/she enjoys and likes of his/her parents and/or siblings. On the second piece of paper, he/she will draw things that he/she dislikes or makes him/her angry. The adult will stimulate the child to specify and draw ambivalent feelings and sensations.
Variant: on the Mask of Sadness, the child will draw what he/she likes to do with their best friend. On the Mask of Happiness, he/she will draw an angry moment with his/her friend or something that he/she doesn't like about his/her best friend.
Gestures and emotions. The players will try to transmit their own mask of sadness and happiness using their face and gestures. The adult will ask the child questions that are related to their daily life (for example, brushing their teeth, going to school...) and the child will have to express what he/she likes or not thru gestures.
Friendship games. Each player in the game will choose a song that he/she likes very much and will have the rest of the players listen to it by playing it or singing it. Together, they will remember or find songs that they know and consider friends to that initial song, due to their similarities, the lyrics or any other analogy or association that they can think of.
As a variant to the previous game, the players will think of songs that are different from each other.
My friendly dance: The players will create a dance they can do together.
Greeting Salute. The players will create a gestural code that will serve as a greeting (only among them) each time they see each other or say goodbye.
If friendship were…
- A color…
- An animal…
- A musical instrument…
- A place…
- A season…
These options will be expressed in an artistic way: drawing,acting, etc..