Clifford and his dog friends find the long-lost trunk of Captain Birdwell, filled with wonderful items brought to the Island by the explorer long ago. Through a misunderstanding, Jetta is given credit for the discovery. She knows that telling the truth is the right thing to do, but she can't resist the promise of a gold medal award. It doesn't take long for her to realize, however, that awards don't give much pleasure when they're not deserved.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be TruthfulClifford's Big Idea: Be Truthful

Discovering that everyday objects can take on new significance in a different context helps build

  • language and literacy skills
  • cognitive skills

Discovery BoxDiscovery Box

Most young children are able to identify the functions of common household objects, but they may not be able to identify those objects by name. This activity allows the child to use the function label in order to learn the name.

Collect a variety of items—including everyday items, unusual items, and mystery items—and place them in a covered box. Ask the child to reach into the box without looking and remove an object. Discuss the various features of the item, such as color, size, function, and name.

Hidden TreasureHidden Treasure

Once the child is used to the Discovery Box activity, hide the objects in various spots in the room and have the child find them from verbal clues. This helps the child practice listening and verbal processing skills, and encourages him or her to follow directions, too.

Paper Tube Pattern ManipulativesPaper Tube Pattern Manipulatives

Recycle paper towel tubes to make pattern tubes:

  • Cut all the tubes to half their length.
  • Cut half of the half-size tubes in half again.
  • Now you have a supply of tubes in two lengths.
  • Work with the child to paint some of the tubes red, some yellow, and some blue.

Arrange three tubes in a row and challenge the child to match the pattern exactly, both in the length and color of the tubes. As the child's ability grows, you can make the task more difficult by increasing the number of tubes in the row.

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