Emily and Charley are having a hard time deciding what kind of float to make for the annual Birdwell Parade. With a little help from Clifford, they learn the importance of compromise.

Clifford's Big Idea: Work TogetherClifford's Big Idea: Work Together

Cooperating and working together require practice, practice, practice. These activities can spark plenty of creative playfulness as well as fostering:

  • social and emotional development
  • cognitive development
  • number recognition

Number ParadeNumber Parade

With a Group:
Prepare for the activity by making a set of cards numbered from one to the number of children in the group. Use colored markers to give the cards a fanciful look.

Begin the activity by shuffling the cards and giving one to each child. Tell the children that when you clap your hands (or ring a bell or blow a whistle) they should line up in numerical order (“from 1 to 9,” for example) based on the cards they hold.

The first few times the game is played, children may need a bit of prompting, such as, “Who should come after Tess?" or "Who has number 5?”

When the children have successfully lined themselves up, collect the cards, reshuffle them, and play again.

Like many games and learning activities, this one becomes easier with practice, because the more they play, the more the children will understand the concepts behind the play.

One Child, One VoteOne Child, One Vote

With a Group:
Even young children can learn cooperation through democracy. Talk with children about how cooperation can be—at times—defined by a vote. Each day, choose a small decision that can be made by voting. Provide a limited number of choices—maybe only two to start with—such as:

  • Apples or oranges at snack time?
  • Which of these stories shall we read?
  • Outdoor or indoor play?

Thanksgiving Day ParadeThanksgiving Day Parade

Each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade delights children and families across the country. The 75th annual classic is scheduled for Thursday, November 22rd, 2001 and will include a big red dog named CLIFFORD! Be sure to watch!

Suggested StorybooksSuggested Storybooks

Ocean Parade by Patricia MacCarthy
Thump, Thump, Rat-a-Tat-Tat by Gene Baer, illustrated by Lois Elhert

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