FOLLOW THE LEADER (Episode 120b)

Cleo has a hard time giving up her role as "leader" in a game of Follow the Leader, but soon learns that playing is more fun when friends cooperate.

Clifford's Big Idea: Play FairClifford's Big Idea: Play Fair

Objective:
Activities that require teamwork and cooperation help children's:

  • cognitive development
  • music and art appreciation, and performance

Follow the LeaderFollow the Leader

Children have treasured "Follow the Leader" for generations and still enjoy playing it again and again. Reinvent the game by adding themes and a touch of imaginative play; for instance:

  • Use transportation as a theme. Children can fly a plane, drive a bus, ride a bike, skate, or even row a boat.
  • Play Animal Walk, in which the leader must imitate an animal. For older children use categories, such as "zoo animals" or "animals in the wild."
  • Or, add classical music and encourage children to lead others in moving to the "mood" or beat of the music.

Building Stronger Minds

With a Group:
Creative thinking is essential to effective problem solving, which is often essential in understanding, cooperation, and fairness. Divide the group into teams of three or four and help the children build structures by gluing craft sticks or cut-up straws together. Establish a rule that must be followed to "play fair." For example, the structures might be limited to a dozen sticks. Challenge the children to make their structures as strong as possible. Then have them experiment to see how much weight each structure can support.


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