The Howards are having a party, and everyone they know will be attending. Everyone but Mr. Bleakman, that is. The old "party pooper" insists that he'd rather stay home and do his usual Saturday afternoon routine. Clifford and Emily Elizabeth and her friends just won't give up on trying to convince Mr. Bleakman that trying something new can be fun! Finally they are able to convince him to join them, and a great time is had by all.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend; Be KindClifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend; Be Kind

Having an open mind and being willing to try something new are the keys to some of life's most rewarding experiences. The activities that follow help develop

  • understanding and appreciation of diversity
  • critical thinking and problem-solving

Trust WalkTrust Walk

Ask the children to choose partners: "Choose a partner who is someone you would like to know better." Then blindfold one child in each pair. The other child will lead the blindfolded one on a "trust Walk," following these instructions:

  • You have five minutes to lead your partner around the room.
  • You are your partner's eyes.
  • Stay with your partner and make the walk as interesting as possible.
  • At the end of five minutes, switch roles and continue for the next five minutes.
  • Then return to the whole group.

Talk about the experience with the children. Ask them:

  • How did you feel when you were leading?
  • How did you feel when you were following?
  • Which was easier?
  • How did it feel to be without your sense of sight?

Bread of LifeBread of Life

Foods that are new to some people are everyday fare to others. Over the next few days, try sampling breads from around the world. You might try

  • sourdough (from San Francisco)
  • pita (from the Middle East)
  • bagels (a New York favorite)
  • tortillas (from Mexico)
  • injera (from Ethiopia)
  • lavash (from Afghanistan)
  • foccacia (from Italy)
  • chapatti (from India)
  • matzoh (from Israel)

Have the child make a list with hand-drawn illustrations of the breads. If you like, cast family votes to choose a favorite.

Point out on a map where each type of bread is commonly eaten. Talk about what foods that are unique to where you live.

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