NOBODY'S PERFECT (Episode 114b)

Charley can't seem to learn how to juggle, but he learns that a person doesn't have to be the very best at something to enjoy doing it!

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

Trying new things and learning to enjoy challenges is a healthy step toward developing:

  • science and discovery skills
  • cognitive development

Something New from Something OldSomething New from Something Old

Create a basket or box of used materials that the child can recycle for crafts projects. Suggestions: toilet paper rolls, ice cream sticks, pieces of used wrapping paper, old greeting cards, and old magazines. Also include plenty of construction paper, glue, scissors, a hole punch, tape, crayons, and a stapler. Encourage the child to create a machine, invention, or work of art.


Understanding that everyone and everything has unique features is an important part of recognizing and appreciating our own individuality. Create a collection of household materials or natural objects that you know the child is interested in, such as pine cones, rocks, scraps of paper, or pieces of fruit. Supply a magnifying glass and paper, pencils, and crayons. Encourage the child to use the magnifying glass to determine the special features of each object and then record them in words or drawings.

Something Different: Archaeological Dig

With a Group:
Fill an empty water table or tray with sand and bury small items in it. Then invite the children to join you on an archaeological dig. They can use archaeologists' "tools," such as spoons, brushes, and sifters to find the hidden objects.

If the group is large, divide the class into two groups to facilitate the dig. Bury half of the items and send the first group to the site. When they have unearthed those objects, bury the rest of the objects and send the second group over.

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