A BUNNY IN A HAYSTACK (Episode 124b)

When Emily brings the class bunny home, Clifford, Cleo and T-bone learn what a big responsibility it is to take care of a pet!

Clifford's Big Idea: Be ResponsibleClifford's Big Idea: Be Responsible

Taking care of a classroom pet can spark conversations about the needs of animals and the importance of taking responsibility. These discussions will expand:

  • science and discovery skills
  • life skills and social literacy

Responsibility Checklist Responsibility Checklist

Talk about what it means to have responsibility. Together, come up with a list of ways the child is or can be responsible. For example, you might start the list with: "Keeping my room clean," or "Taking care of my toys." Talk about whether the child is ready for the responsibility of taking care of a pet. What are daily events that would need to take place? What do pets need that humans must provide?


Puppets not only capture the imagination of children, but they also help children improve their manual dexterity and coordination. Help your child make puppets out of old socks, fabric scraps, yarn scraps, buttons, and glue. Place a sock around the child's hand, and mark the position of eyes, nose, and hair. Sew or glue buttons on for eyes and draw in a nose. Glue scraps of yarn on for hair. Then put on a puppet show!

For Older ChildrenFor Older Children

With a Group:
If you don't already have a group pet, or think that you're ready for another one, have your class democratically decide what the pet should be. Start by brainstorming a list of potential candidates, such as, a guinea pig, hamster, rat, lizard, or fish.

Next divide the group into smaller groups of equal size. Assign an animal to each group, and have them do their own research. For each animal, have the groups come up with a list of what, how often, and how much the animal eats, its living and sleeping habits, and the best ways to raise them as pets.

With all the information gathered, your group will be able to make an educated choice about your next pet!

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