TOUGH ENOUGH (Episode 117a)

Thinking that it will make him more appealing to Sheriff Lewis, T-Bone decides to "toughen up." After trying to frighten people, T-Bone eventually learns that it's much nicer to be nice than to be tough.

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

Activities that encourage cooperating and working together toward a common goal help develop:

  • critical and creative thinking and problem-solving skills
  • life skills and social literacy

Let's Play Charades!Let's Play Charades!

With a Group:
Gather children together for this variation on charades. Start by collecting pictures of friends, relatives, animals, storybook characters, or favorite Clifford characters. Put the pictures into a basket and have each child take a turn selecting a picture without showing anyone. Then that child gets to pretend to be the animal, character, or person. Provide a model for them by portraying a favorite Clifford character yourself! Encourage the children to use their best acting skills. The rest of the players guess who the child is pretending to be. Then it's the next child's turn.

A Treasure HuntA Treasure Hunt

Leave clues for the child to find that will lead from clue to clue. Start by drawing a small-scale map of the room, including "landmarks" such as plants, furniture, bookcases, and windows. You can draw a route for the child to follow or write directions written on index cards ("Walk three steps, turn right, go straight to the second window."). At the end of the hunt, have a treasure waiting for the child.

With a Group:
You can have children write clues for their teammates or friends, giving them a chance to practice giving directions. This activity can be adapted for a neighborhood setting, too.

We're Going Places!We're Going Places!

For Older Children:
Plan an imaginary field trip with the child. First, decide together what your destination will be. Will you go to Mt. Everest, to the North Pole, or take a hike in a tropical rain forest? Then, help the child research facts about the destination and track the route on a world map. How will you get there: by car, train, water, or air? How long will you be gone? What supplies will you need? What kind of clothing should you pack? What foods will you eat?

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