Mac is particularly disappointed when rainy weather threatens to ruin the upcoming Back-To-School Barbecue held every year at Jetta's house. The other dogs, seeing his disappointment, vow to find a way to stop the rain from falling. It doesn't take long for them to realize that you can't change the weather, but Mac's disappointment turns to delight that his friends would go to such lengths to try to help him.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend; Help OthersClifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend; Help Others

Help children learn that although nature is ever-changing and weather patterns are fleeting, good friendships are meant to last. These activities help develop

  • life skills
  • art appreciation

Friendships Flying HighFriendships Flying High

Ordinarily, flying a kite requires windy weather. Help the child make a group of friendship kites that can "fly" at home or in the classroom. Cut out diamond-shaped pieces of construction paper and encourage the child to decorate each kite with a picture of a friend. Attach a ribbon or strip of paper to the bottom portion of the kite with the friend's name written on the strip. Use a hole punch to punch a hole at the top of the kite and use string or twine to attach it to the ceiling or a curtain rod.

Watercolor RainbowsWatercolor Rainbows

Great things can come after a long rain, such as rainbows! Here's how to use the rain to make a rainbow painting.

  • Cut a semicircle from a white paper towel.
  • With a pencil, draw 4 semicircular lines to make 5 stripes of an arching rainbow.
  • On the outer edge at the top of the arch, have the child paint the top stipe of the rainbow with red water color, then leave the next stripe unpainted, then paint the next stipe yellow in the center of the arch, leave the next stripe unpainted, then paint the remaining center/bottom area blue.

Dressing for the WeatherDressing for the Weather

With a group:
There are many types of weather, and for each type of weather there are appropriate ways to dress. Provide several types of clothing, such as coats of different weights, sweaters, sweatshirts, boots, scarves, hats, mittens, sun hats, sunglasses, flip flops, shorts, umbrellas, raincoats, and rubber boots. Have children take turns dressing up so that the other children can try to identify the type of weather during which they would wear this type of clothing.

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