THEN CAME BOB (Episode129b)
Vaz baby-sits for Bob, a cute but not very well-behaved little dog that
Dr. Dihn recently acquired from the dog pound. This little mischief-maker
is very good at getting into troubleand at causing Clifford to get the
blame! Several people come to think that Clifford has suddenly developed
some very bad habits, but Emily Elizabeth never doubts her big dog for
a minute. The truth about Bob finally comes out, and Clifford receives
apologies from all his doubters.
Big Idea: Play Fair
Learning to build friendships and get along with others is a skill
that requires teaching and practice. Along the way, children make necessary
- social and emotional skills
- understand and appreciating diversity
Puppets can be a useful tool in helping a child learn to stand in someone
else's shoes and consider a different point of view. Have the child
play the part of Clifford in "Then came Bob," while you play the part
of Emily Elizabeth. Ask
- How do you feel about getting blamed for all the mischief?
- How do you feel when the people who doubted you apologize?
Then switch roles. Have the child play the part of Emily Elizabeth
while you play Clifford. Ask
- How do you feel when Clifford gets all the blame?
- How can you explain to Clifford that you never doubted him?
With a Group:
Assign children to individual character roles in a Clifford episode
and invite them to act out the story. Ahead of time, choose an episode,
preview it, and gather any props that the child actors will need.
Watch the episode together. Then, while you paraphrase and narrate
the episode, have the children pantomime what the character is doing,
and say what the character would say.
When children are left with a babysitter, they may feel a variety of
mixed emotions: excitement that they're with another adult or teenager
they like, sadness that their parents are going out and leaving them
Talk about activities that they can do with the babysitter but may
not get to do on a regular basis with parents, such as playing a board
game, making an interesting new bedtime snack together, or constructing
a puzzle together. Having these activities ready for the next time the
child stays with a babysitter can bring relief to the babysitter, too!