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Friendship Activities for Kids

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Parents and children are invited to dive into our Virtual Library and enjoy ebooks, videos, music, crafts,
recommended reads, and more! Check back each week for a new set of themed activities.
Click on the title/image to go to the listed activity, or watch our pathfinder videos if you need help.
To access these activities, you'll need a Thousand Oaks library card and PIN.
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If you have questions, call us at 805-449-2660 (M-F 10am-5pm) or email us.

WATCH & LISTEN

Kanopy-Banner_FranklinDaniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Daniel Shares his Tigertastic Car /
Katerina Shares her Tutu

Daniel and Katerina have trouble sharing their favorite toys with friends until they learn that sharing makes playtime even better. To watch the show, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have a Kanopy account.
Kanopy-Ernest&CelestineErnest & Celestine
Bears and mice are not friends. Everyone knows that. Yet a chance meeting creates a bond between Ernest, a singing Bear, and Celestine, an artistic Mouse. Can the unlikely friendship survive when their worlds collide? To watch the film, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have an account.
Kanopy-Banner_FranklinFriendshape
Join Triangle, Circle, Square, and Rectangle as they celebrate friendship. This animated short story will delight kids of all ages. To watch the story, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have an account.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_Black Hoopla Doopla! - Best Friends Day
In the town of Hoopla, six friends tumble, juggle, leap, and somersault into and out of trouble. With their physical skills and plenty of laughs, these friends are always ready to help each other out. In this episode, Zap and Bop decide to have a Best Friends Day, but it doesn't go as planned. To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have an account.
Jazztime Tale
Set in 1919 Harlem, two girls (one white, one black) form a lifelong friendship through a chance encounter and the jazztime music of young "Fats" Waller. To watch the show, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have an account.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackLincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship
Discover the story of an unusual friendship between two great American leaders. At a time when tensions were high and racial equality did not exist, Lincoln and Douglass formed a strong bond over shared beliefs. To watch the show, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have an account.
Kanopy-Little_BearLittle Bear - Between Friends / Lucy Needs a Friend
Based on the books by Minarik and Sendak, this animated series follows the adventures of curious Little Bear. When Little Bear and Emily get sick, they cheer each other up by writing a book about their fun times together. Then, Little Bear asks Mother Bear to help him sew a stuffed animal to keep Emily's doll company. This episode also contains The Blueberry Festival. To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have an account.
Kanopy-Banner_FranklinMy Teacher Hilda - Nora Finds New Friends
Nora is scared of her first day at Bumble Bee Academy daycare, but she cheers up once she meets her classmates. To watch the show, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have an account.
Kanopy-Scaredy_SquirrelScaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
Making new friends is scary, so Scaredy Squirrel chooses to be friends with a goldfish instead. When his plan takes a surprising turn, he discovers that meeting new people has its rewards. To watch the show, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have an account.
Kanopy_Kids-Logo_BlackWibbly Pig - Friends
When his friends are more troublesome than helpful, Wibbly decides to build his new playhouse by himself. However, Wibbly soon realizes that setting up the playhouse will be faster and more fun if they all work together. To watch the episode, click "Watch Now" to create a new Kanopy account with your library card, or click "Log In" if you already have an account.
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All My Friends Are Different (Kid SongsTrack 1)

Stream or download this celebration of diversity by the Salteens.
Freegal LogoFriends (Sweet Pea: Escape from the Garden, Track 5)
Enjoy a sweet song about friendship from Kindermusik International. Stream this song anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal. 

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Friends Forever (Friends Forever, Track 11)
Stevie, Carole, and Lisa from the TV show Saddle Club sing about staying friends forever. Stream this song anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.

Freegal LogoThe Friendship Song (!Vamos a bailar! Let's Dance! The Dora the Explorer Music Collection, Track 55)
Meet friends from around the world with Dora the Explorer! Then check out "Ni Hao My Friends" (Track 66). Stream these songs anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
Freegal LogoMore Friends (The Twelve Months, Track 20)
Tune into summer fun and friendship with Rita Abrams. Stream this song anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.
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You've Got A Friend (Discover Carole King, Track 3)

Join singer-songwriter Carole King as she performs her classic song about friendship. Stream this song anytime and download up to 5 songs per week with Freegal.

READ

Tumblebook LogoFriendship TumbleBooks
Don't miss our collection of animated storybooks and videos about friendship. Watch our pathfinder video for TumbleBook Library first, then click on the TumbleBook Library icon.
Animal Friends-Cat & Dog
Incredible Animal Friends

Did you know a cheetah could be friends with a dog? Learn about 10 amazing animal friendships in National Geographic Kids (May 2018 Issue, pgs. 12-17). Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Animal Friends icon.
Book_Cover-Animals_Communicate How do Animals Communicate?
Ever wondered how animal friends "talk" to each other? Learn about the many ways that animals communicate with Britannica's Let's Find Out! Animal Life series. Click on the book cover, then click on the blue "View eBook" button to read this Gale eBooks title. If you want to know more, check out What is Animal Behavior?.
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Communication

Britannica Library for Children briefly describes the ways that humans learn and share information and the history of human communication.
britannica-library-children-logoFred Rogers
Meet the creator and host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, a classic children's TV show.
britannica-library-children-logoSign Language
How would you talk to a friend who's deaf? Learn about Sign Language, which uses hand movements instead of speech, and how sign languages were developed.
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Let's Be Friends eBooks

Check out these adventures with best friends, new friends, and old friends! OverDrive ebooks are accessible from any computer and from any device using the Libby or OverDrive app.
Novelist-K-8-logoBeing a Friend Reading List
With humor and charm, these award-winning titles for ages 0-8 teach children about being a good friend. In the list, click on "Check the Library Catalog" to see if the Library has an ebook copy.
Novelist-K-8-logoUnlikely Friendships / Fighting & Forgiving Reading List
These award-winning titles for ages 0-8 celebrate friends who are very different and show children what to do when friends get in a fight! In the list, click on "Check the Library Catalog" to see if the Library has an ebook copy.

EXPLORE

Book Cover - Bink & Gollie

Bink & Gollie / Conflict Resolution: When Friends Fight (Family and Community)

Not getting along with your friends? This paired video storybook and ebook shows early readers how to work out problems and make up after a fight. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover.
Book Cover - Crazy Hair Day

Crazy Hair Day / Let's Be Friends (Family and Community)

Learn how friends help each other with Barney Saltzberg's animated story and a non-fiction book from the Scholastic News series. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover.
Book Cover - Each Kindness

Each Kindness / Kindness and Generosity: It Starts with Me! (Family and Community)

Discover the importance of kindness with Jacqueline Woodson's animated story and Scholastic's Kindness and Generosity. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover.
Book Cover - Exclamation MarkExclamation Mark / Optimism: Sunny-Side Up! (Family and Community)
Looking on the bright side isn't always easy. Amy Krouse Rosenthal's animated story and Scholastic's Optimism teach children about staying positive. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover.
Book Cover - Leo the Late Bloomer


Leo the Late Bloomer / We Are Alike, We Are Different (Family and Community)
We're all different, and that's what makes everyone great! Celebrate being yourself with Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus and a non-fiction book from the Scholastic News series. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover.
Book Cover - Stick & Stone
Stick and Stone / Empathy: I Know How You Feel! (Family and Community)

Beth Ferry's animated story and Scholastic's Empathy help children understand other people's feelings. Watch our pathfinder video for BookFlix first, then click on the book cover.
Tech_IconCommunication Tech
Learn how technology has helped people communicate throughout history and discover new technology that's bringing people even closer together. Watch our pathfinder video for ScienceFlix first, then click on the Tech icon.

ACTION!

Flipster LogoThe All That Girls' Guide to Having Fun with Your Friends
Looking for fun things to do with your friends? Don't miss these great ideas from the All That Girls and Girls' World (November 2019 Issue, pgs. 22-23)! Then, discover "What's the Secret to your BFF Bond?" on pages 12-13 of the same issue. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
Friends_BraceletsCraft - DIY Friendship Bracelets
Create beautiful bracelets for all your friends with Owl (June 2018 Issue, pgs. 22-23). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster Logo Craft - Made for Play: Easy Gifts for Friends and Family
These four gifts are a great idea any time of the year. Family Fun (Dec. 2016 / Jan. 2017 Issue, pgs. 18-22) shows you how to create fish friends, name-stamp blocks, mod periscopes, and travel backgammon sets. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
Friendship_Keychains Craft - Make Friendship Keychains
Surprise your friends with sparkly keychains on Galentine's Day, birthdays, or any day (Girls' World March 2020 Issue, pgs. 6-7). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Top_Secret_Logo Craft - Make Invisible Ink
Need to pass on a super-secret note to a friend? National Geographic Kids (September 2018 Issue, pgs. 24-25) shows you how to make invisible ink and describes different ways that spies communicated in the past. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Craft_SuppliesCraft - Make Someone Smile Bookmarks 
Let someone know how great they are with these bookmarks from Girls' World (October 2017 Issue, pg. 17). Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Fox_GloveCraft - Mitten Makeovers
Ranger Rick (Dec. 2015/Jan. 2016 Issue, pgs. 18-19) helps you transform old mittens into cute forest critters. Give your new puppet to a friend, or invite them to make their own. When your forest animals and friends are ready, try your hands at creating and performing a puppet play. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the activity icon.
Flipster LogoTricky Triangles Challenge
Can you use the tricky triangles to make the right shape? This fun craft and game from Highlights (August 2019 Issue, pg. 18) will have your friends scrambling to beat the clock. Parental supervision is recommended for all crafts. Watch our pathfinder video for Flipster first, then click on the Flipster icon.
Coloring-Crayons
Coloring Pages

Make new friends and start an adventure with these cowboy, princess, horse, and unicorn coloring pages!

PATHFINDER VIDEOS

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TumbleBooks video
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ScienceFlix video
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