Emily Elizabeth feels a little envious when Jetta gets to go see the amazing Titanic Tower in the exciting big city. Emily Elizabeth learns that there are some pretty amazing things right in her own backyard.

Clifford's Big Idea: Believe in YourselfClifford's Big Idea: Believe in Yourself

This activity reinforces the idea that envy is resolved when you can appreciate what you have, thus reinforcing:

  • social and emotional growth
  • life skills and social skills

Right in My Own BackyardRight in My Own Backyard

It is often not obvious to children that everybody's home is unique.

First, have the child draw a picture of his or her home. Next, ask each child to choose something in the drawing and tell how life would be different without it.

With a Group:
After the children have drawn their pictures, ask them to think about what makes each home different from the others. They may notice fences, lawns, driveways, parking lots, neighbors, size of building, number of apartments, or elevators, for example.

For Older ChildrenFor Older Children

With a Group:
Have them think about where each of their houses is located in relation to a landmark, such as a park. Then have each child give directions from his or her home to the landmark. Reinforce map-making skills by having them draw maps of their neighborhoods, making sure that they include important landmarks, such as the school, and their own homes.

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