WELCOME TO THE DOGHOUSE (Episode
In this flashback episode, we see some of the challenges the Howards
faced when they arrived on Birdwell Island with a very big red dog! Where
would Clifford live? How would they feed him? What would they use as his
water dish? The folks of Birdwell Island worked together to help the new
arrivals solve their problems, forging strong new friendships in the process.
Big Idea: Help Others; Be a Good Friend
Making the decision to have a pet requires much planning and preparation.
Most importantly, it must be a family team effort in which everyone
works together. These activities on the theme of pets will build
- critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- science and discovery skills
With a group:
Having a pet brings lots of responsibilities and requires lots of supplies.
Create a veterinarian's office, pet hospital, or pet shop where the
children can pretend to take care of stuffed animals or sell animals
to customers. Be sure to include some supplies necessary for taking
care of animals and pets, either real or make-believe, such as
- feeding bowls
- water bowls
- make-believe pet food (such as cereal, in case the vets start to
If your child has a pet, have him or her draw a portrait of the pet
and dictate a sentence or two about what makes the pet especially lovable.
Write the dictated sentences below the drawing. If the child does not
have a pet, discuss the kind of pet the child would like to have if
any kind of pet were possible. Have the child draw a picture of the
ideal pet and include himself or herself.
These books emphasize the importance of community and familyboth necessary
elements for the survival and happiness of little ones!
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon A family of birds takes care of
a little bat.
What Zeesie Saw on Delancey Street by Elsa Okon Rael The importance
of community and the rewards of generosity are interwoven with the account
of Zeesie's seventh-birthday party.