T-bone gets a new sweater, but when Mac teases him about it he gets too embarrassed to wear it. He soon learns that it's not what you wear that makes others like you.

Clifford's Big Idea: Believe in YourselfClifford's Big Idea: Believe in Yourself

Building self-esteem is an ongoing process. Help children feel good about themselves by planning a variety of activities throughout the year that model caring for others and working together to promote:

  • social and emotional development

Dressing Clifford and His Friends Dressing Clifford and His Friends

Print the coloring pages that show Clifford, T-Bone, and Cleo. then work with the child to "dress" the dogs in outfits that you invent together.

Summer or Winter?Summer or Winter?

Cut pictures of a variety of clothes either from magazines or catalogs. Sweaters (even one that looks like T-Bone's!), shorts, t-shirts, scarves, and pants. Laminate the pictures or cover them with clear contact paper. Create two "drawers" out of shoeboxes. Label one "Summer" and one "Winter." One picture at a time, ask the child "Which drawer does this ______ belong in?" Once the pictures have been sorted as a group activity, let the child sort them on independently.

Friends Are ForeverFriends Are Forever

Talk with the child about friends that he or she rarely sees—maybe former neighbors, relatives who live far away, or even former babysitters. If you have photos of these friends, make time to look at them and remember the things you once did together. Make a list of these good friends with the child, and then work together to make cards, take photos, or write postcards. What news would you like to share with these old friends?

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