When T-Bone inadvertently "steals" a squeaky toy, he experiences a guilt-induced dream in which his conscience tries to show him the right thing to do. T-Bone learns that we never know what the consequences of our actions might be, so it's always best to just do the right thing.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be TruthfulClifford's Big Idea: Be Truthful

In these activities, children discuss the importance of taking responsibility for one's actions, and they explore ways to act responsibly on behalf of the environment, thereby developing:

  • science and discovery skills
  • critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Tall Tales, Big ImaginationsTall Tales, Big Imaginations

Tall tales can be a fun way to sharpen the imagination. Invite the child to create a few! For example, work with the child to make up an outrageous story about something that might have happened to you when you were together at the grocery store, or during an imaginary trip that you took to a fantastic island. Help the child record the stories by writing them in a notebook as the child dictates to you.

Reduce, Re-Use, RecycleReduce, Re-Use, Recycle

Talk about ways in which we can all be more responsible, both for ourselves and for others. One important concept to introduce is how to be friendly to the environment. Talk about the importance of recycling paper, plastic, and glass. Create separate bins for each of these products and encourage the child to follow the 3 Rs: Reduce, Re-Use, and Recycle!

With a Group:
Organize a classroom, neighborhood or playground litter pickup.

Library CornerLibrary Corner

The following books have plots that involve children learning to take responsibility for their actions:

It's Not My Fault! by Franz Brandenburg
Katie Did! by Kathryn Galbraith

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