Charley and Emily Elizabeth find themselves up to their elbows in ice cream when Charley takes it upon himself to serve ice cream while his father is keeping a doctor's appointment. Charley learns that there are some responsibilities kids should not attempt to shoulder without the help of an adult.

Clifford's Big Idea: Have RespectClifford's Big Idea: Have Respect

Charley and Emily get into trouble when they take on a grownup's task. Plan a time to talk with the child about the differences in responsibilities between helpful children and grownups. Ask them, "Why is it a grownup's job to drive a school bus, prepare dinner, or take car of babies?" How can children help grownups with these chores? Helping children think about these distinctions will expand

  • social and emotional skills
  • life skills

We All Scream for Ice Cream We All Scream for Ice Cream

This is a fun, child-friendly way to make ice cream!

1 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons sugar
3-4 cups crushed ice
about 1/4 cup rock salt
small coffee can
large coffee can

Put the first three ingredients in the small can and seal the can. Place the small can inside the large can. Pour in the ice so that it surrounds the smaller can. Pour rock salt on the very top of the ice and seal the large can. Have the child sit across from you and roll the can back and forth until the ice cream is set (20 to 45 minutes, depending on the temperature of the room and how cold the milk is at the start). Check the ice cream after 10 to 15 minutes of rolling.

Ice Cream Poetry

Read Shel Silversteins's "Eighteen Flavors" from Where the Sidewalk Ends. Have the child act out the poem and use props.

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