CLOTHES DON'T MAKE THE DOG
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.
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
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.
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.
Talk with the child about friends that he or she rarely seesmaybe
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?