CLIFFORD ON PARADE (Episode
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.
Big Idea: Work Together
Cooperating and working together require practice, practice, practice.
These activities can spark plenty of creative playfulness as well as
- social and emotional development
- cognitive development
- number recognition
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
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.
Child, One Vote
With a Group:
Even young children can learn cooperation through democracy. Talk with
children about how cooperation can beat timesdefined by a vote. Each
day, choose a small decision that can be made by voting. Provide a limited
number of choicesmaybe only two to start withsuch as:
- Apples or oranges at snack time?
- Which of these stories shall we read?
- Outdoor or indoor play?
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!
Ocean Parade by Patricia MacCarthy
Thump, Thump, Rat-a-Tat-Tat by Gene Baer, illustrated by Lois