BEST PAW FORWARD (Episode
Cement is being poured at the new Birdwell Island recreation center,
and the kids and dogs are invited to leave their handprints in the cement.
But Clifford's pawprint is just too big! Seeing Clifford's disappointment,
his friends work together to find a way to include Clifford's print. Everyone's
delighted when Clifford's pawprint becomes the new wading pool for the
very young children of Birdwell Island.
Big Idea: Help Others
Learning to formulate creative solutions to potential problems can
lead to important lessons in
- life skills
- critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Do You See?
Paintblots can encourage children to take a second look. Drip a few
drops of several colorws of paint onto the center of a sheet of paper.
Fold the paper in half, unfold it, and you have a paintblot.
Make one paintblot and tell the child what you see in it. Make another
and ask the child to tell you what he or she sses. A butterfly? A dragon
holding a purse?
Make some more! Turning the paper around and looking at the blot from
different angles can yield a whole new set of responses.
Smearing large, soft, fragrant gobs of shaving cream on a table top
is an activity that can generate lots of creative energy! Like looking
at clouds in the sky, shaving cream gobs can take on a life of their
own as children practice seeing imagined images in their forms. Increase
the fun by adding plastic animals, dinosaurs, berry box 'cages', plastic
vehicles, and other small accessories.
a pencil is not just a pencil…
For Older Children:
Encourage older children to 'think outside of the box' by giving them
everyday objects (with seemingly one purpose) and having them make a
list of other uses for themthe sillier the better! For example,
a pencil can also be used as a conductor's baton, to make music when
it is tapped against glasses of water, as chopsticks (paired with another
pencil), or as a bookmark. Try having them think of other uses for a
spoon, a glass, a paperclip, a plate.