Everyone is too busy to play with Clifford one day—because they are planning a surprise party for him! Clifford learns that playing alone can be fun—and so is having a huge party with all of his friends.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good FriendClifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend

Learning that playing alone can be just as fun as playing with a group of others teaches children important lessons about:

  • life skills and social literacy

One Player OnlyOne Player Only

Clifford learned that playing alone can be fun. There are some activities that require only one player, and there are even times when playing alone is better than playing with someone. Have the child think about activities and games that he or she likes to do alone.

With A Group:
Ask the children to describe their favorite "One Player Only" activities so that others can try them out, too.

Storybook SurpriseStorybook Surprise

With A Group:
Have children list storybook characters they are familiar with. Write the names of the characters on labels or photocopy pictures of the characters from the books in which they appear. Tape the picture or name of a character onto each child's back (without the child's seeing the character's identity). By asking yes-or-no questions of the other children, each child tries to find out what storybook character is on his or her back.

A Party of Our Own

Planning a party can be a wonderful lesson in preparation, sequence, using lists, and working together. Plan a party for no reason or for any reason. With the child, set a date and then make list of all the things that you will have to do to host the party you envision. Who will make the decorations, write the invitations? Help the child plan party foods that you can make together (preferably a day or two ahead of the party). Then, celebrate!

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