CLIFFORD'S BIG SURPRISE (Episode
Everyone is too busy to play with Clifford one daybecause they are planning
a surprise party for him! Clifford learns that playing alone can be funand
so is having a huge party with all of his friends.
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
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.
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.
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!