This flashback episode tells the story of the day the Howards moved to Birdwell Island. The town is full of preconceived ideas about what it will be like to have a huge dog on the island. But the residents soon learn that Clifford has much to offer, and that they shouldn't make assumptions before they know the facts.

Clifford's Big Idea: Have RespectClifford's Big Idea: Have Respect

Using imagination to create a story and finding that there are a lot of ways to view a situation can help children develop:

  • critical and creative thinking
  • problem-solving skills
  • appreciation and understanding of cultural and social diversity

As Big as a HouseAs Big as a House

The whole town of Birdwell tried to imagine what it would be like to have such a big dog on their little island. Have the child imagine being as big as Clifford! Help the child write a story about what life would be like for him or her. Urge the child to think about these Clifford-size issues:

  • what to eat
  • where to sleep
  • what games to play


With a Group:
An "Ice-Breaker" activity can be a fun way for children to learn more about one another. Ask the children to sit in a circle. Pass a bag of pretzels, peanuts, or raisins around the circle and invite them to help themselves—but not to eat what they take just yet!

When the bag has been passed all the way around the circle, the children tell one thing about themselves for each morsel of the snack they have in their hands. Suggest some categories for what they might tell, such as a favorite book, a favorite song, a good friend, or a happy memory.

Invite children to choose other ways of expressing themselves if they like. They might sing, draw, or pantomime things about themselves. Giving the activity as much flexibility as possible will show the children that there are many ways to describe themselves and many ways to see others.

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