Emily finds a baby bird and has to take care of it until it can fly home. This doesn't leave her much time to play with Clifford. Clifford learns that even when she's busy with other things, Emily will never stop loving him.

Clifford's Big Idea: ShareClifford's Big Idea: Share

This activity expands on the traditional notion of what makes a family. Discussions about family diversity and examining similarities and differences will develop:

  • cultural and social diversity
  • science and discovery

All in the Family All in the Family

Photographs from magazines of different types of families (single-parent, multi-generational, and two-parent, for example) can spark valuable insights and conversations. Ahead of time, collect pictures from magazines, newspaper advertisements, or catalogs. Look at the pictures together and encourage the child to respond to them.

With a Group:
During Circle Time pass the pictures around and encourage the children to respond to them.

A Family GraphA Family Graph

With a Group:
This activity highlights the many different types of families-using math! You and the children will create a wall-sized bar graph with children's names along the bottom (the x-axis) and the number of people in a family along the side (the y-axis). Squares of paper will make up the bars in the graph.

Cut drawing paper into squares 4" on a side. Have the children use the squares to draw portraits of their family members, one family member on each square. Encourage them to label each one with the person's name, nickname, or pet name.

Use butcher paper to create the background for the graph. With a straight edge, make the x and y axes, and lightly rule gridlines at 4" intervals. Print the children's names along the x-axis and number the y-axis.

Have each child paste family-member squares in the grid boxes above his or her name to make a bar. This bar will rise to the number that indicates the number of people in the family.

I'm the Big One NowI'm the Big One Now

Has the child experienced a new baby at home? Begin the activity with a story to spark the child's thinking, such as Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats. Have the child tell a story or draw a picture about what babies need (and don't forget love).

Suggested Storybooks Suggested Storybooks

The following books deal with the topic of sibling rivalry.

The New Baby by Fred Rogers
Another Mouse to Feed by Josť Aruego

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