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 trouble—and 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.

Clifford's Big Idea: Play FairClifford's 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 progress in

  • social and emotional skills
  • understand and appreciating diversity

Puppet PlaysPuppet Plays

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?

Play Acting

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.

Babysitting BluesBabysitting Blues

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 at home.

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!

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