CLIFFORD CLEANS HIS DOGHOUSE
Clifford's good friends come over to help him clean out his doghouse,
determined to get rid of all the old "junk" he no longer uses. But before
long Clifford realizes that each item holds a special memory and can't
be parted with. Mac thinks this is nonsense, until he is reminded of a
memory in which he was included. He then understands, along with Clifford,
that one dog's "junk" can be another dog's treasure.
Clifford's Big Idea: Have Respect;
Be a Good Friend
"Weeding out" things that are no longer needed and getting rid of
old things can often mean opportunities to reuse and recycle! Discussing
ways to bring new life to old things can help teach
- art appreciation skills
- science and discovery skills
Making these egg-carton blossoms provides a terrific opportunity to
talk about reusing recyclable materials in fun and imaginative ways.
Save a used egg carton. Take the child outside to gather two or three
branches, about one foot in length, that have fallen to the ground.
Tear one cup-shaped section from the egg carton and tear the outer edge
unevenly to make it look like a flower blossom. Work with the child
to turn the other sections into flowers. Add color to the flowers with
paint. Let them dry. Make leaves with construction paper. Tape the leaves
to the branches. Push the ends of branches through the bottoms of the
flowers, and secure the flowers with tape if needed. Display your flower
collection in a vase or other container.
Start with an empty toilet paper tube. Help the child tape black paper
over one end of the tube. Using a toothpick, let the child gently punch
small holes in the paper-covered end of the tube. To use the star scope,
have the child hold the scope up to the light and look through the uncovered
end. The light will shine through the holes, creating a miniature planetarium.
Where Does the Garbage Go? By Paul Showers
Hitch a ride on a garbage truck and follow a trash trail from a massive
landfill to an incinerator where trash is burned and on to a recycling
center, where it begins a new life.
Shapes in Nature by Judy Feldman
Exciting photographs of plants and animals draw attention to the
many shapes found in nature.