THE EARS HAVE IT (Episode 116a)

Cleo and Clifford help T-Bone deal with his fear of loud noises. T-Bone learns that good friends can help you work through your problems.

Clifford's Big Idea: Help OthersClifford's Big Idea: Help Others

Working with children to help them conquer their fears can bolster their:

  • social and emotional skills
  • life skills and social literacy skills

Helping Children Conquer FearsHelping Children Conquer Fears

Although children may love to pound on toy drums or bang pots and pans, the loud noise from a vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, or blender may be very frightening. To help a child work through fears that arise from a noisy machine, explain the purpose of the machine. Explain why the machine makes noise, and give examples of the benefits that we enjoy from the machine.

If it is appropriate and safe to do so, allow the child to touch the machine while it is running and feel the vibrations that accompany the noise.

Guess What It Is!Guess What It Is!

An active imagination can be the root of certain fears that young children have, but it is also a quality that should be nurtured and "practiced." On a large piece of paper, start drawing something one line at a time: a house or an animal, for example. As you add each line, ask the child to try to guess what the finished picture will be. Remind the child to use his or her imagination to see what isn't there yet. Then give the child a turn to draw a picture line by line for you to guess.

With a Group:
Children can take turns drawing line-by-line pictures and guessing what the pictures will become.

Library CornerLibrary Corner

The following books have themes related to children's fears:

Alfie Gives a Hand by Shirley Hughes
The First Strawberries by Joseph Bruchac
Tucking Mommy In by Morag Loh

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