Emily works hard to prepare for an audition for the lead in the school play, but loses the role to Jetta. Jetta, however, worries more about what she'll wear than learning her lines, and Emily has to step in and perform the role at the last minute. Jetta learns the hard way that hard work and preparation are the things that make a person successful.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be ResponsibleClifford's Big Idea: Be Responsible

These activities encourage children to work together toward a common goal and to learn that everyone has a responsibility to the group during a performance. These activities will enhance:

  • life skills and social literacy skills
  • critical and creative thinking skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • music appreciation and performance skills

Musical Medley Show Musical Medley Show

Using your child's favorite songs, perform a musical medley together. Use household items to make musical instruments. For example: Shake dried beans in a plastic container, tap different-sized glasses gently with a spoon, run a ruler down the spiral of a notebook or a whisk over a cheese grater.

With a Group:
Create a "Homemade Band," in which each child plays a homemade instrument. Invite parents to hear the group perform the musical medley, and ask parents who can play musical instruments to be part of the show.

Building Stronger MindsBuilding Stronger Minds

Creative thinking is a key to effective problem-solving. Have the children work together in groups to build structures by gluing craft sticks or cut-up straws together. Challenge your children to make their structures as strong as possible. Then have them experiment to see how much weight each structure can support.

For Older ChilrenFor Older Children

Using a book of children's poetry, such as The 20th Century Children's Poetry Treasury edited by Jack Prelutsky, have each child pick a favorite poem to memorize and recite to the class. Suggest strategies to make memorizing a poem easier, such as breaking the poem into chunks and memorizing a couple of lines a day instead of all at once. Encourage the children to practice for one another other before the big day comes when they recite the poems for the group.

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