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.
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
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
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.
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?