Enrichment and Reflection 


Freddy the Foster Frog Book 1 - Introduction

1. Why do you think topics like foster care and trauma are not commonly found in children's books in bookstores?

2. Characters and rhymes in a story can make it "safe" for children to explore deep emotions. Why

do you think deep emotions are often hard to talk about, and how can a connection with God help in such situations?

3. Looking through a troubled past is portrayed as something not to hurry through in the story.

Why might rushing through such experiences be detrimental, and how can patience and understanding contribute to healing?

4. This story serves as a conversation starter, allowing readers to glance  at the challenges in the characters lives. Can you imagine how this story might lead to healing and the growth of love and acceptance, especially based on God love and opinion of each individual?

5. If a friend came to you talking about an abusive family situation, what would you say to support them?

Chapter 1. Elinor Finds Freddy

1. Why was Freddy found by the trash, and what might this reveal about his past?

2. Is it true that children are sometimes abandoned by their parents, and why might this happen?

3. Why did Freddy trust Elinor and share his feelings with her?

4. Do you think asking too many questions, as Elinor did initially, can be wrong in certain situations? Why or why not?

5. Why do you think frogs, like people, can be charming or alarming, and how does this relate to foster children and children in traditional families you might know?

Chapter 2. Freddy's Sad Story

1. Why did Freddy open up to Elinor and share his feelings, even though he felt vulnerable?

2. Have you ever been in a situation where you felt you needed to act tough, even though you were tired of being vulnerable?

3. Why did Freddy feel shame, and why did he think everything was his fault?

4. Why does Elinor want to help Freddy, and do you think it will be easy for him to feel better immediately in his new home?

5. Can you imagine some fears that Freddy might have, and why do you think he has these fears?

Chapter 3. Elinor and Freddy Relax at Home

1. Why might Freddy feel sad even though he's in what seems like a perfect dream?

2. Why does smelling Elinor's perfume make Freddy feel downcast, and have you ever experienced a smell that reminded you of something from your past?

3. Why did Elinor think adoption was the best option for Freddy?

4. Do you think it's easy to be a foster mom, and why or why not?

5. Why did Sue give Freddy a personalized towel, and do you think foster moms should treat foster children differently than their own?

Chapter 4. Friends Find Fun

1. How do you think the characters' past experiences affect their decisions now?

2. Why do you think Sue, who has experienced abuse and homelessness, is so generous, and can generosity be a coping skill for those who have experienced trauma?

3. What do you believe is the secret to true joy, and how can experiences shape one's ability to love and accept others?

4. Why does Rex choose running as an outlet for his anger, and how does his relationship with God help in his healing process?

5. How does family unity start to develop, and what motivates the characters to change their ways and start helping each other?

Chapter 5 - Freddy and Friends Have Fun Helping

1. Why do you think Elinor initially didn't give the children chores when they moved in, and was that the right decision?

2. How and why do you think the children changed their ways and started helping each other?

3. Why do you think Elinor teaches responsibility through chores, volunteering, and "Hero" stories?

4. In this story, everyone seems to get along. Is this always the case in a family, especially a foster family, and what makes the difference in this home?

5. Why does Elinor cry when talking to God at night, and how does her faith help her overcome challenges?

Chapter 6- Fun Way Up High

1. Have you ever been afraid of anything, and how can a connection with God give us courage?

2. How does recalling past successes contribute to building courage, and why does Freddy decide to go on the zip-line to be a role model for Junior?

3. Why does Elinor decide to "fly" on the zip-line, and how does her faith in God help her face challenges?

Enrichment Activity Guidebook for

Freddy the Foster Frog Finds a Friendly Family

"Nurturing Values: A Journey of Friendship, Unity, and Understanding"

Dear Parents, Caregivers, Counselors, Mentors, Teachers, and Advocates,

Welcome to "Nurturing Values: A Journey of Friendship, Unity, and Understanding." This

activity book is designed to empower you to guide children and teenagers on a captivating

journey through literature, art, and experiential learning. By exploring the themes and

messages of a heartwarming story, Freddy the Foster Frog, we aim to help young minds grow,

understand the importance of values, and develop key life skills.

In this collection of activities, you will find creative and engaging ways to connect with children

and teenagers, enabling them to explore fundamental values such as friendship, unity,

diversity, trust, acceptance, and empathy. Each activity is designed for children aged 7-18 and

can be adapted to various settings, whether you are a parent, caregiver, counselor, mentor,

teacher, or advocate.

Why "Nurturing Values"?

This activity book is not just about fun and games; it's about building character, nurturing

empathy, and fostering a sense of unity and acceptance. In a world where values are vital,

these activities provide a platform for meaningful conversations and experiences.

How to Use This Activity Book:

1. Select the Chapter: Choose a chapter from a story or book that resonates with the themes you

wish to explore. Our activity prompts are structured around specific chapters to help you

connect with the story's content. You can explore English literature and incorporate it into your

creative writing curriculum. These chapters can also serve as examples to dive deeper into the

understanding of literary devices.

2. Adapt to Your Audience: Tailor the activities to the age and needs of your audience. Whether

you're working with young children or teenagers, some will be part of a foster or adoptive

family and will see this story as through a mirror. Going slowly is of utmost importance to them.

Others will be looking through a window to become aware of life situations not understood

before. The others might see this fable as in a door, inviting them to go through and offer help.

3. Adapt the activities: They can be adjusted to suit their developmental stages. Be on the lookout

for children having a hard time with the content and discussion. Be prepared to address their

difficulty after the session is completed.

4. Promote Discussion: Encourage participants to share their thoughts and insights. The key to

nurturing values is fostering open, honest, and meaningful discussions. Reflection questions are

provided for ease of use.

5. Encourage Creativity: For art-based activities, provide a variety of art materials and let children

express themselves through creativity.

6. Reflect and Apply: After each activity, take the time to reflect on the experience and discuss

how the themes relate to real-life situations. Encourage participants to apply what they've

learned in their daily lives.

We hope this activity book helps you inspire and guide the next generation toward becoming

compassionate, empathetic, and open-minded individuals who value the importance of

friendship and unity.

Thank you for your commitment to nurturing values and creating a better world through the

hearts and minds of our youth. We hope you find these activities to be a valuable resource in

your journey of mentorship and guidance.

Let's embark on this beautiful journey together.


Carol Gravante,


Discover the Heart of the Story

Basic Objective: Encourage children and teenagers to explore the central themes and messages within a chapter of a book or story.

Basic Materials Needed:

Copies of the chapter you want them to analyze.

Notebooks or writing paper.

Pencils, pens, or digital devices for writing.

Art supplies

Basic Steps:

Introduction (5 minutes): Begin by explaining the purpose of the activity. 

Let the children know that they will be diving into a chapter of a book to identify and write the main message or theme of that chapter. Emphasize that this will help them better understand the story and its lessons.

Select a Chapter (5 minutes): Choose a chapter from the Freddy the Foster Frog book Provide copies of the chosen chapter or direct them to a specific source where they can access it.

Read the Chapter (15 minutes): Have the children read the selected chapter as a family or small group, or one-on-one with a caregiver or advocate, be it a counselor, teacher, Guardian Ad Litem. Encourage them to pay close attention to the events, characters, and underlying themes in the chapter.

Discussion (10 minutes): Facilitate a group discussion about the chapter. Ask questions listed within the specific chapter activities.

Brainstorming (10 minutes): Encourage the children to brainstorm and write down their own interpretations of the main message or theme of the chapter. They can use words or phrases to capture the essence of what they believe the chapter is about.

Writing the Main Message (15 minutes): Instruct the children to write a concise main message or theme for the chapter in their own words. Encourage them to be creative and thoughtful in their choice of words. An example of this can be found below.

Sharing and Discussion (15 minutes): Have each child or group share their main messages. Encourage discussion and debate about the interpretations to help them refine their understanding.

Reflect (5 minutes): Conclude the activity by having the children reflect on what they have learned. Ask them if their understanding of the story or chapter has deepened through this exercise.

Optional Extension (homework): Encourage the children to choose another chapter from the Freddy the Foster Frog, Book 1, and repeat the exercise at home.  Otherwise, you can continue the story in the next session. 

Diving Deeper: Let’s Begin

These activities not only help children and teenagers analyze and interpret literature but also foster critical thinking, comprehension, and communication skills. It empowers them to connect with stories on a deeper level and express their insights creatively.

Feel free to incorporate any of these reflection questions from this chapter as you see fit. Select the ones that you believe are most suitable for your discussion or activity.

Basic Reflection Questions

What happened in this chapter?

Who are the key characters, and what are their roles?

What emotions or lessons do you think the chapter is trying to convey?

How do you think the events in this chapter relate to the overall story?

Chapter 1: Elinor Finds Freddy

An example of the main message of Chapter 1: "Elinor Finds Freddy," is that Elinor, a kind-hearted and spirited elderly woman, discovers a wounded and lonely frog named Freddy one evening. Despite her age, Elinor's compassion and desire to make a difference lead her to adopt Freddy and provide him with a loving home. The chapter emphasizes the idea that it's never too late to do something kind and meaningful, and it highlights the happy ending where Freddy becomes a cherished part of Elinor's life. 

Activity Prompts for Chapter 1: "Elinor Finds Freddy"

Remember to approach these activities with sensitivity, considering the emotional state of foster children and teens. The goal is to create a safe and supportive environment for exploration and self-expression.

More Specific Reflection Questions for Chapter 1 (Sensitive to Foster Children and Teens):

Remember, these questions aim to encourage thoughtful reflection without triggering any sensitive emotions. Feel free to adapt them further based on the specific needs and emotional states of the children and teens you are working with.

Why do you think Freddy found refuge behind the trash? What do you think he might have been feeling at that moment?

What are some possible reasons for Freddy's injured eye, and how do you think it made him feel?

We haven't learned yet about Freddy's past before Elinor found him. What are some things that might have happened to him, and how do you think those experiences could have affected him?

In what ways is Freddy both similar to and different from other frogs? How does being unique or different affect the way you see yourself?

Frogs can be seen as charming by some and alarming by others. How do people's perceptions of us sometimes change based on their own experiences and perspectives?

In this story, what similarities can you find between the experiences of children and frogs?

What differences and similarities do you notice between foster children like Freddy and children from traditional families? How can we appreciate and learn from our unique backgrounds?

What qualities do you think Elinor possesses that make her the perfect person to help Freddy? How can someone's kindness and care impact your life positively?

Think about a favorite person in your life. What makes that person special to you, and how do they make you feel? How do positive relationships influence our well-being and self-esteem?

Chapter 2: Freddy’s Sad Story 

An example of the main message of Chapter 2, "Freddy’s Sad Story," is the power of compassion and the willingness to help those who have needs in life and they can’t help themselves, especially when they are going through tough times. Elinor, who herself felt alone and pondered her purpose, decided to foster and adopt to give orphans a home. She discovers Freddy, a little frog with a heartbreaking story. Through their encounter, the chapter conveys the idea that there is always an opportunity to make a positive difference in someone's life, even if you don't know them well, and that kindness and empathy can transform a dire situation into a story of hope and renewal. It emphasizes the importance of reaching out to those who are in distress, offering support, and giving them a chance for a better future.

Exploring Themes of Compassion and Kindness in "Freddy’s Sad Story"

This activity prompt encourages participants to explore and discuss the themes of compassion and kindness, drawing inspiration from the chapter "Freddy’s Sad Story." It also encourages self-reflection on how these values can be applied in their own lives.

Freddy's Emotional Journey: Reflect on Freddy's emotional journey throughout this chapter. Discuss how he went from a place of fear, loneliness, and despair to finding hope and comfort with Elinor. What moments in the story highlight his changing emotions and the impact of Elinor's compassion? This thought is expanded below.

Elinor's Act of Kindness: Analyze Elinor's character and her decision to help Freddy, even though they were strangers. What motivated her to extend a helping hand to a frog in need? How does her compassionate and caring nature set an example for us in our own lives?

Discussing Family and Support: Explore the theme of family and support in this chapter. How did Freddy's family face hardships, and what led to their separation? Discuss the importance of having a support system in times of crisis and how Elinor became a source of support for Freddy.

Empathy and Understanding: Consider the importance of empathy and understanding when helping someone in need. How did Elinor create a safe space for Freddy to share his story and emotions? Discuss how these qualities played a significant role in their interaction.

Personal Experiences: Share a personal experience where you or someone you know extended a helping hand to someone in distress. Discuss the impact of that act of kindness and how it made a positive difference in their life.

Creative Expression: Create a piece of art, a poem, or a short story that reflects the themes of compassion and kindness from this chapter. You can depict a scene from the story or create your own inspired by the message of the chapter.

Acts of Kindness: Brainstorm and discuss small acts of kindness you can perform in your daily life to help someone in need, whether it's a friend, a family member, or a stranger. How can you make a positive impact, just as Elinor did for Freddy?

Reflecting on the Moral Lessons Learned in "Elinor Finds Freddy"

Reflecting on the emotional journey of Freddy and Elinor, as well as the moral lessons from the book, can lead to meaningful discussions and inspire us to make a positive impact in our own lives and the lives of others.

Freddy's Emotional Journey: Think about Freddy, the little frog who went through a challenging experience. Discuss his emotional journey from the time he was injured and separated from his family to his life with Elinor. How do you think Freddy's emotions changed over the course of the story? What can we learn from Freddy's resilience and ability to adapt to new circumstances?

Elinor's Perspective: Put yourself in Elinor's shoes. As a 93-year-old woman, she chose to adopt Freddy and provide him with a loving home. Consider what Elinor might have been thinking and feeling throughout the story. How did her actions reflect her values and beliefs? Discuss the impact of Elinor's decision on both her life and Freddy's life.

Moral Lessons: Identify the moral lessons that can be learned from "Elinor Finds Freddy." Discuss the importance of compassion, kindness, and the idea that it's never too late to make a positive difference in someone's life. How can Elinor's actions serve as an inspiration for us in our own lives, regardless of our age or circumstances?

Personal Connection: Share a personal experience or a story where you or someone you know demonstrated compassion and made a positive impact on another's life. Discuss how these experiences relate to the moral lessons learned in the book.

Creative Expression: Use your creativity to depict a scene from the book that resonated with you, whether it's Freddy's discovery, Elinor's decision to adopt him, or a moment that illustrates one of the moral lessons. You can create a drawing, write a poem, or even act out a short scene.

Making a Difference: Brainstorm and discuss ways you can make a positive difference in the lives of others, just as Elinor did for Freddy. It could be through acts of kindness, volunteering, or supporting a cause that's important to you.

Reflection Questions for Chapter 2 (Sensitive to Foster Children and Teens): Ask the proper questions as the story goes along. 

These questions are designed to facilitate thoughtful reflection and discussion while being sensitive to the emotional experiences of foster children and teens. Adjust them further as needed to ensure they suit your specific audience.

What do you think motivates Elinor to want to help Freddy?

Why do you think Freddy felt the need to act tough? Can you relate to a time when you felt the pressure to pretend to be something you're not?

Was it appropriate for Elinor to ask Freddy so many questions? How might these questions have made him feel, and what other ways could she have shown her care and concern?

Can you imagine some of the fears that Freddy might have had after leaving his parents? How do you think those fears would affect his daily life?

Why might a child who has been hurt or abused find it challenging to trust others?

Why do you think Freddy trusted Elinor enough to share so much about his situation and feelings?

What might have made Freddy feel ashamed, and how can people support each other when dealing with feelings of shame?

Why does Freddy feel that his situation is his fault? Do you believe he is to blame, and why or why not?

Do you think that sometimes parents abandon their children, and how might that impact a child's sense of security and trust?

How do you think Freddy felt when Elinor dried his eyes with a tissue? Can you recall a time when someone cared for you, and how did that make you feel?

Why did Freddy feel that it was okay to take a chance on Elinor? What factors might have contributed to his decision to trust her?

How do you think Elinor felt about adopting Freddy, and why might she have made this choice?

 Freddy's Sad Story Activity: Visual Storytelling

Challenge the participants to create a visual storyboard for Freddy's journey. They can draw a series of images that depict the key events in Freddy's sad story. This exercise helps them understand the narrative and practice their storytelling skills through art.

Chapter 3: Freddy and Elinor Relax at Home

One example of the main message of Chapter 3, "Freddy and Elinor Relax at Home" is the importance of belonging, acceptance, and the joy of finding a new family and home. Freddy, the little frog who had faced difficult times, discovers that Elinor's home is a welcoming and loving environment where he can find new friends and a sense of belonging. The chapter emphasizes the value of family, friendship, and togetherness, as well as the idea that true families support each other, enjoy each other's company, and share meals together. Freddy's journey to becoming a part of this unique family and finding happiness and acceptance is a central theme of this chapter.

 Chapter 3: "Freddy and Elinor Relax at Home"

These activity prompts aim to help children reflect on the moral lessons of the story and apply them to their own lives, fostering empathy, kindness, and a sense of community.

A Helping Hand: Discuss the importance of offering a helping hand to someone in need, just like Elinor helped Freddy. Encourage the children to think about a time when they extended a helping hand to a friend, family member, or even a stranger. Share these experiences and talk about how it felt to be of assistance.

Creating a Welcoming Home: Explore the idea of making others feel welcome and comfortable. Have a conversation about how Elinor's home became a welcoming place for Freddy. Ask the children to share ways they make guests or newcomers feel at home and the importance of hospitality.

The Joy of Making Friends: Discuss the significance of making new friends and forming connections. Reflect on how Freddy quickly became friends with the other children in the house. Encourage the children to share stories about new friendships they've made and how these friendships have enriched their lives.

Understanding Differences: Focus on the theme of accepting and understanding differences. Talk about the unique characteristics of each character in the story and how they all get along despite their differences. Encourage the children to share their experiences of accepting and appreciating the differences in others.

Gratitude and Appreciation: Discuss the role of gratitude and appreciation in the story. Reflect on how Freddy felt grateful for Elinor and the other children in the house. Ask the children to think about moments when they've felt thankful and how expressing gratitude can strengthen relationships.

Belonging and Inclusion: Explore the idea of belonging and inclusion. Discuss how Freddy found a sense of belonging in his new home. Encourage the children to share stories about when they've felt like they belonged to a group, team, or community and the positive impact of inclusion.

Creating a Fun Environment: Talk about the importance of having fun and enjoying life. Reflect on the various activities and games the characters engage in. Encourage the children to discuss their favorite games or activities that bring joy to their lives.

Expressing Emotions: Discuss the importance of expressing emotions, whether they are feelings of sadness, joy, or gratitude. Reflect on how Freddy showed his emotions in the story. Encourage the children to share times when they've expressed their feelings and the positive outcomes.

Teamwork and Cooperation: Explore the theme of teamwork and cooperation. Discuss how the children in the story work together to create a fun and loving environment. Encourage the children to share their experiences of working as a team, either in sports, school projects, or at home.

Personal Growth: Talk about how characters like Freddy and the other children experience personal growth and positive changes. Reflect on moments in the children's lives when they've grown, learned, or improved in some way.

Reflection Questions for Chapter 3 (Sensitive to Foster Children and Teens): Ask the proper questions as the story goes along. 

These reflection questions are intended to promote empathy and understanding while being considerate of the emotional experiences of foster children and teens. Feel free to adapt them further as needed to suit your specific audience.

When Freddy went home with Elinor, why do you think he still had mixed feelings and uncertainty about his new situation?

Can you describe what Elinor's house and surroundings look like based on the story?

What details in the story show that Elinor's home was a good place for Freddy to live?

How do you think Freddy feels when his heart goes "Pitter-pat-pound"? Why might this happen, and have you ever experienced similar emotions? If so, would you like to share that memory?

The smell of Elinor's perfume reminded Freddy of something that made him feel sad. Can you relate to a scent triggering memories or emotions, and how did it affect you?

Elinor ensured that Freddy received counseling for his fears. Have you ever visited a counselor? How did you feel during your first counseling session, and in what ways did it help you?

Do children in foster homes always accept new foster children? Why or why not, and have you personally experienced or witnessed such situations? How did it make you feel?

Why do you think Elinor believed that all her children would accept Freddy into their home?

What made Freddy feel like he belonged when he met the other children in the story?

How did each of the children make Freddy feel at home in their own way?

Can you identify any signs in the story that indicate Freddy's emotions are starting to heal?

Can you recall a time when you felt fully accepted by your family or friends? How did that make you feel, and what contributed to that sense of belonging?

Conversely, can you remember a time when you felt rejected by your family or friends? How did that experience affect you emotionally, and what strategies helped you cope with it?

Art Activity: Character Collage

Ask the children to create a collage that represents the main character, Elinor, and her life. They can cut out pictures from magazines, draw illustrations, and add meaningful quotes or phrases that capture her values and life lessons. This activity encourages reflection on the character's qualities and how they relate to the story.

Exploring the Themes of Family and Belonging in "Freddy and Elinor Relax at Home"

This activity prompt encourages participants to delve into the themes of family, acceptance, and belonging from the chapter "Freddy and Elinor Relax at Home." It prompts discussions on creating a welcoming environment, bonding through shared meals, and the importance of embracing diversity and accepting others for who they are.

Freddy's New Family: Reflect on the characters Freddy meets in Elinor's home, including Yankee, Sue, Rex, Junior, and even Finn the hedgehog. Discuss how each character contributes to Freddy's sense of belonging and acceptance. What role do these newfound friends play in Freddy's life?

The Importance of Acceptance: Analyze how Elinor and her family members warmly accept Freddy, a newcomer, despite his differences. Explore the importance of acceptance, regardless of someone's background, appearance, or abilities. Discuss the benefits of embracing diversity in your own life.

The Power of Family: Discuss the meaning of family in this chapter. How does Elinor define family as not just playing together but also eating together? Share your own family traditions and the significance of spending time together.

Communication and Understanding: Explore how the characters in Elinor's home have different ways of communication, such as grunts, snuffles, squeals, howls, barks, chirps, and hoots. Discuss how they manage to understand each other despite these differences. Share examples from your own life where understanding was reached despite different communication styles.

Creating a Welcoming Environment: Reflect on the qualities that make a place feel like home. What elements in Elinor's house contribute to the welcoming and warm atmosphere that Freddy experiences? How can you create a similar environment in your own home or community to make others feel welcome and loved?

Shared Meals: Emphasize the importance of sharing meals together as a family. Discuss the bonding and connection that happen during shared meals. Share a memorable family meal experience or create a list of dishes you'd like to enjoy together as a family.

Family Games: Explore the fun and bonding that occur when Elinor's family members play games together. Share your favorite family games and the joy they bring to your household. Consider trying a new game with your family or friends.

Chapter 4: Friends Find Fun

An example of the main message of Chapter 4, "Friends Find Fun" is the power of friendship, acceptance, and the joy of coming together with others who may be different from oneself. In this chapter, Elinor fosters trust and friendship among the diverse group of characters through play and shared activities. Each character has their unique qualities, backgrounds, and ways of communicating, but they learn to appreciate and enjoy their differences. The chapter emphasizes that through laughter, games, and shared experiences, people can find common ground and build strong bonds of friendship, irrespective of their individual characteristics or challenges. It highlights the importance of acceptance and the potential for fun and joy when people come together with an open heart.

Chapter 4: "Friends Find Fun"

These activity prompts aim to help children explore the moral values and themes of friendship, trust, unity, and embracing differences, as highlighted in the chapter "Friends Find Fun." The activities encourage reflection, creativity, and communication.

Celebrating Our Differences: Discuss how the characters in the story have unique qualities, languages, and traditions. Encourage the children to talk about their own unique qualities and how those differences can make friendships interesting and diverse. Emphasize the value of celebrating diversity and learning from one another.

Communication Challenge: Organize a fun activity where children can create their own unique languages. Provide them with a set of made-up words and symbols and encourage them to exchange messages using their new language. This activity can help them appreciate different ways of communicating.

Embracing Uniqueness: Have a discussion about what it means to embrace each other's differences. Share stories of when you appreciated someone's unique qualities, whether it was a friend, family member, or teacher. Encourage the children to express how they feel when others appreciate their uniqueness.

The Power of Play: Explore the role of play in building trust and friendship. Ask the children to share their favorite games and activities that they enjoy with their friends. Discuss how play can bring people together, break down barriers, and create a sense of unity.

Hide and Seek: Organize a game of hide and seek to recreate the fun the children had in the story. Discuss how hide and seek can be a metaphor for finding trust and faith in others. Talk about moments when you've had to search for something important in your life.

Acts of Kindness: Encourage the children to brainstorm and carry out acts of kindness for their friends, family, or even strangers. Discuss how small acts of kindness can strengthen relationships and build trust.

Creating a Unique Tradition: Work together to create a unique tradition that the group can practice regularly. Discuss the importance of having shared traditions and how they can strengthen bonds among friends and family.

Reflecting on Faith: Explore the theme of faith as mentioned in the story. Discuss what faith means to each child and how it plays a role in building trust and relationships. Share stories of moments when faith helped overcome challenges.

Expressing Feelings Through Art: Provide art supplies and encourage the children to create artwork that expresses their feelings about friendship, trust, and unity. This activity can help them explore their emotions and share their perspectives.

Storytelling Time: Have each child share a personal story about a time they made a new friend or overcame differences to strengthen a relationship. This can be a powerful way to understand the importance of friendship and unity.

Chapter 4: "Friends Find Fun" and English Literature Exploration (May be utilized for all chapters)

These activity prompts aim to explore the elements of English literature in Chapter 4 while focusing on rhyme, figurative language, themes, and character development. The activities encourage critical thinking, creativity, and a deeper understanding of the literary aspects of the story.

Rhyming Words Hunt: Explore the use of rhyme in the chapter. Ask the children to identify words or phrases that rhyme within the story. Discuss how rhyme can make the text more engaging and memorable. Create a list of rhyming words and phrases.

Create Your Rhyme: Encourage the children to write their own rhyming poems or short verses. They can choose a theme from the story, such as friendship or unity, and create rhymes to express their feelings. Share and discuss their creations.

Figurative Language Detective: Challenge the children to find examples of figurative language in the chapter, such as similes, metaphors, or personification. Discuss the impact of these literary devices on the story's meaning and imagery.

Metaphorical Art: Ask the children to select a character or element from the story and create a piece of artwork that symbolizes it metaphorically. For example, they can draw an image that represents "trust" or "unity" in a non-literal way.

Exploring Literary Themes: Discuss the theme of unity in the story and ask the children to share their thoughts on what it means. Have them identify other stories or books they've read that also explore the theme of unity or friendship.

Write a Friendship Poem: In the spirit of the chapter, have the children write poems about friendship and unity. They can use rhyming words or explore free verse poetry. Share and discuss their poems with the group.

Character Profiles: Encourage the children to create profiles for the story's characters, detailing their personalities, traits, and how they contribute to the theme of friendship. Discuss how each character adds depth to the story.

Role of Imagery: Explore how the author uses imagery in the story to create vivid mental pictures. Ask the children to select a passage that stood out to them and explain the imagery's role in enhancing the narrative.

Discussion on Word Choice: Delve into the author's word choices and their impact on the story's tone. Have the children analyze specific words or phrases that contribute to the themes of unity, trust, or friendship.

Relate to Other Works: Encourage the children to draw connections between the themes and literary devices in this chapter and other works they've encountered in English literature. Discuss how similar themes appear across different texts.

Reflection Questions for Chapter 4 (Sensitive to Foster Children and Teens): Ask the proper questions as the story goes along. 

These reflection questions aim to encourage thoughtful consideration of the characters and their dynamics in a sensitive manner. Adapt them as necessary to suit your specific audience and their experiences.

How do you think Elinor built trust among the children in her care?

In the story, what activities did the children engage in for fun, and how do these activities contribute to their bond?

What games do you typically play with your friends, and how do these activities strengthen your relationships or make them more enjoyable?

What have you learned about Finn from the story, and how do you think his experiences have shaped him?

In what ways is each child in the story different from one another?

Despite their differences, what do the children have in common, and how does this commonality influence their relationships?

From the story, who do you think demonstrates the most generosity among the children?

Who appears to be the most competitive among the children in the story, and how might their competitiveness impact their relationships?

In the story, there is a baby of the family. Are you the youngest in your family, or is there a younger sibling? If so, how does it feel, and do you think being the youngest brings special treatment or challenges? If not, who is the youngest in your family, and do they receive special attention?

1 Hour Additional Enrichment Art Activity: "Celebrate Friendship and Unity Through Art"

Objective: Encourage participants to explore the themes of friendship, unity, and diversity presented in the chapter "Friends Find Fun" through creative art expression.

This art activity not only allows participants to express their understanding of the themes of friendship and unity but also fosters collaboration and the celebration of diversity through art. It encourages creativity and emphasizes the power of art to convey meaningful messages and emotions.

Materials Needed:

Art supplies such as paper, canvases, colored pencils, markers, paints, or digital drawing tools.

Access to reference images of the characters in the story (if needed).


Introduction (5 minutes): Begin by discussing the importance of friendship, unity, and acceptance as portrayed in the chapter. Explain that the participants will create art that celebrates these themes.

Art Medium Selection (5 minutes): Allow participants to choose their preferred art medium. They can use traditional materials like paper and paints or digital tools for those who are more comfortable with technology.

Character Portraits (15 minutes): Instruct participants to draw or paint portraits of the key characters from the story, including Elinor, Sue, Rex, Finn, Freddy, and Junior. Encourage them to include distinctive details and facial expressions that reflect the characters' personalities and emotions.

Symbols of Unity (10 minutes): Discuss with the participants the idea of unity and how the characters in the story come together despite their differences. Ask them to incorporate symbols of unity into their artwork, such as joining hands, shared activities, or other creative representations of unity.

Embrace Diversity (10 minutes): Emphasize the diversity of the characters' backgrounds and communication styles in the story. Encourage participants to use colors, patterns, and visual elements that reflect this diversity in their artwork.

Create a Collaborative Piece (20 minutes): For a collaborative approach, ask participants to work together to create a larger art piece that reflects the unity and diversity of the characters. Each participant can contribute a section or element to the collaborative artwork.

Reflection and Discussion (15 minutes): After completing their artwork, encourage participants to reflect on the process and share their thoughts on how art can convey the themes of friendship and unity. Discuss the unique aspects of each participant's artwork and how they came together to create a collaborative piece.

Display and Celebration (10 minutes): If possible, display the artwork in a common area for everyone to admire. Host a small celebration to appreciate the diversity of the art pieces and the unity they represent.

Chapter 5: The Children Get to Help 

The main message of Chapter 5, "The Children Get to Help," is the importance of cooperation, helping each other, and being part of a loving and supportive family. In this chapter, Freddy and Elinor's new family recognize the need for assistance and come together to help Elinor with her chores and tasks. The characters learn that by working together and assisting each other they not only make their home cleaner and more pleasant but also strengthen their bonds as a family. The chapter highlights the idea that a strong sense of community and collaboration leads to a more harmonious and fulfilling family life. It also emphasizes the significance of gratitude and the power of prayer in their lives.

Exploring the Themes of Teamwork and Gratitude in "The Children Get to Help"

This activity prompt encourages participants to delve into the themes of teamwork, gratitude, and family bonding from the chapter "Freddy and Friends Have Fun Helping." It prompts discussions on the importance of helping one another, expressing gratitude, and engaging in fun activities that strengthen family bonds.

Recognizing the Importance of Helping: Discuss the moments in the chapter where the characters realize the significance of helping Elinor with her chores. Explore the reasons behind their willingness to assist and how it strengthens their sense of family. Share personal experiences where helping others brought your family closer.

Cooperation and Teamwork: Analyze the different ways in which the characters contribute to the household chores. How does each character use their unique abilities to help Elinor? Share examples of how cooperation and teamwork can make everyday tasks easier and more enjoyable.

Gratitude and Prayer: Explore the role of gratitude and prayer in the chapter. Discuss how Elinor relies on prayer and faith to find strength in her daily life. Consider how gratitude and a sense of spirituality can help individuals overcome challenges and maintain a positive outlook.

Family Bonding Activities: Reflect on the fun activities the characters engage in after completing their chores, such as jumping on the bed and playing leapfrog. Share your own family bonding activities or create a list of activities you'd like to try together to strengthen your family bonds.

Reflecting on Accomplishments: Encourage participants to reflect on their own accomplishments and contributions to their family or community. Share stories of when you felt proud of helping others or working together as a team.

Crafting a Family Prayer: Invite participants to create their own family prayer, expressing gratitude for their family members and the support they provide. Share and discuss these personalized prayers, emphasizing the values and qualities that are important to your family.

Acts of Kindness: Brainstorm and discuss small acts of kindness that family members can perform for each other to make daily life smoother and more enjoyable. Share ideas for acts of kindness and create a list of ways to help one another within your family.

Art Activity: Dream Home Design

Have the children design their dream homes. They can draw, paint, or use digital tools to create a detailed image of what their ideal living space would look like. This art activity connects to the idea of a comfortable and welcoming home.

Chapter 6: “Fun Way up High”

An example of one of the main messages of Chapter 6, "Fun Way up High" is the theme of conquering fear and embracing new experiences. In this chapter, Elinor encourages Freddy and the other children to try the zip line, even though they initially have reservations and fears. The characters face their fears, overcome challenges, and ultimately discover the exhilaration and joy of trying something new. The chapter also highlights the importance of being a supportive and encouraging presence for others, as Freddy and the children help each other confront their fears and grow through these experiences. Elinor's own decision to join in and try the zip line at the age of ninety-three underscores the message that age should not limit one's sense of adventure and the pursuit of lifelong dreams.

Chapter 6: Exploring the Themes of Conquering Fears and Embracing New Experiences

This activity prompt focuses on conquering fears, embracing new experiences, and reflecting on the value of support and encouragement from others. It encourages participants to share their stories, set personal challenges, and reflect on their lifelong dreams and aspirations.

Personal Fears and Challenges: Begin by discussing personal fears or challenges that participants have faced or are currently dealing with. Encourage sharing stories of moments when they conquered their fears or tried something new and exciting.

Role Model Analysis: Explore the characters in the chapter, particularly Freddy and Junior, who initially hesitated to try the zip line. Discuss how their friends and Elinor served as role models and sources of support. Reflect on the importance of having supportive individuals in your life when facing challenges.

Conquering a Fear: Share personal experiences or stories of overcoming a fear or trying something outside of your comfort zone. Discuss the emotions and thoughts that accompanied these experiences and how they contributed to personal growth.

Discussing Lifelong Dreams: Reflect on the idea of pursuing lifelong dreams, even as one grows older. Share your own dreams and aspirations, and encourage participants to think about what dreams they still wish to achieve, regardless of their age.

Adventure and Thrill: Talk about the thrill of trying new things and engaging in adventurous activities. Share stories of exciting adventures or activities that participants have enjoyed. Discuss the emotions and sense of accomplishment that follow such experiences.

Support and Encouragement: Explore the importance of support and encouragement from friends and family when facing challenges. Discuss ways to provide support to others who are trying to conquer their fears or embrace new experiences.

Personal Challenge: Encourage participants to identify a personal challenge or fear they would like to conquer or a new experience they wish to try. Discuss the steps they can take to face this challenge and the potential benefits of doing so.

Lifelong Learning: Emphasize the idea that learning and growth continue throughout life. Share examples of individuals who achieved remarkable feats later in life and discuss how their stories can inspire participants to pursue their own dreams.

Reflection Questions for Chapter 6 (Sensitive to Foster Children and Teens): Ask the proper questions as the story goes along. 

Feel free to incorporate these questions into your discussion or activity, selecting the ones most relevant for your audience and their emotional well-being.

Have you ever experienced riding a zip line? Did it make you feel afraid? What do you think it takes to find the courage to ride a zip line? How does Elinor believe that this experience on the zip line can help the children face their other life challenges?

Was Freddy initially ready and excited to ride the zip line, or would he have preferred doing something else? What fears or concerns did he have to overcome?

How did Elinor ensure that the children felt safe and supported as they prepared to ride the zip line?

In the story, it's mentioned that Elinor relies on her faith. Do you think having faith can give you courage in difficult situations? How can faith be a source of strength for you in making challenging decisions?

Can you share a special day or experience you've had that brought you joy and courage?

Among the children, who found it easiest to ride the zip line, and what made it easier for them? How did this child's experience influence Freddy's feelings and actions?

After his own ride on the zip line, who did Freddy help, and how did he support his friend through a difficult task? Have you ever assisted a friend in overcoming a challenging situation?

Freddy has a role model who serves as his hero. How does this role model's importance relate to the story's themes?

Junior imagined himself as a different animal to make riding the zip line less intimidating. Have you ever used your imagination to cope with a challenging or scary situation? Can you share that experience?

How do you think the children's experience on the zip line can help them address problems from their past?

Elinor relied on her faith when making the decision to ride the zip line. Did this decision work for her, and do you think faith can similarly help you in difficult situations? How can faith be a guiding force in your life?

In what ways did the children express their pride and support for Elinor after her zip line ride?

Describe the joy experienced by both the children and Elinor after their special day. Can you share a memorable and joyful day from your own life?

Can you discuss a special day you anticipate in the future that might bring you happiness?

***Active and engaging activities to add to your fun time together with the children:

These activities are suitable for a wide range of ages, from children to teenagers. They can be adapted based on the age and capabilities of the children you're working with. Here's a general breakdown of how you can adapt the activities.

Remember to ensure safety and supervision, especially for activities that involve physical movement. These activities are not only fun but also promote physical fitness, teamwork, and creativity, making them a great way to wrap up your time together.

Children aged 7-12: These activities can work well for this age group. You might need to provide a bit more guidance and supervision, especially for safety considerations.

Teenagers (13-18): Teenagers can enjoy most of these activities, but you can make them more challenging or competitive to cater to their age group. They might also appreciate more independence in organizing and participating in the activities.

Always consider the specific needs and interests of the children or teenagers you're working with, and feel free to modify the activities accordingly.

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Organize a scavenger hunt in your backyard or a nearby park. Create a list of items for the children to find, and let them explore the outdoors while searching for the hidden treasures. You can make it more exciting by providing clues or riddles for each item.

Nature Art: Encourage the children to collect leaves, twigs, and flowers from the garden. Then, have them create nature art by arranging these items into patterns, shapes, or even small sculptures. This activity combines creativity with outdoor exploration.

Obstacle Course: Set up a mini obstacle course using objects like cones, hula hoops, and jump ropes. Challenge the children to complete the course as quickly as possible, or turn it into a fun competition with prizes for the winners.

Balloon Volleyball: Blow up a balloon and create an improvised volleyball game in your living room or backyard. The goal is to keep the balloon from touching the ground, and you can use furniture as a net. It's a great way to get everyone moving and laughing.

Dance Party: Put on some music and have a spontaneous dance party. Let the children pick their favorite songs and dance like nobody's watching. You can even have dance-off competitions or try to mimic popular dance moves.

Yoga for Kids: Introduce the children to kid-friendly yoga. There are many online resources and videos designed to teach yoga to children. It's a great way to promote physical activity while also teaching relaxation and mindfulness.

Sack Race: If you have burlap or large sacks, organize a classic sack race. It's a hilarious and active way to have fun in the yard. Make sure to have a designated starting and finishing line.

Bike Ride or Scooter Adventure: If you have bicycles or scooters, take the children on a ride through your neighborhood or a nearby park. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise.

Mini Olympics: Set up a mini Olympics with various challenges like running races, long jumps, and even mini shot-put using soft objects. Create medals or ribbons for the winners, and encourage friendly competition.

Nature Exploration: Take the children on a nature walk or hike. Explore local trails, parks, or nature reserves while observing and discussing the natural environment. You can also bring along a field guide to identify plants and wildlife.

Simon Says: Play a game of "Simon Says" to get the children moving and thinking. You can take turns being "Simon" and giving commands, such as "Simon says touch your toes" or "Simon says hop on one foot."

Water Balloon Fight: On a hot day, cool off with a water balloon fight. Fill water balloons and divide into teams. It's a refreshing and active way to end the day.