TOPSY TURVY DAY (Episode 138a)

Jetta and Emily trade dogs for the Island's annual Topsy Turvy Day, a day when everything gets turned around. Jetta learns that being kind and thoughtful gets you a lot further than being bossy.

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

Young children can learn that being thoughtful and considerate is a skill necessary for making friends and getting what you want. These activities will develop

  • cognitive skills
  • social and emotional skills

Board GamesBoard Games

Play a board game with the child. Board games require taking turns and help children learn the routine of taking a turn and then waiting and watching while others have their turn. Some popular games include: Candyland, Hi-Ho Cherrio, Uno, and Mancala.

Who Goes First?Who Goes First?

Discuss and role-play solutions to problems and questions such as these:

  • You see a toy you want to play with, but it belongs to someone else. What should you do?
  • The toy you are playing with breaks. What should you do?
  • Someone else wants to use the toy you want to play with. What should you do?

Practice choosing who gets to go first. using ideas such as these:

  • Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Moe
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Drawing a name from a hat
  • Rolling dice or picking a domino, low number goes first
  • Drawing straws, shortest goes first

Community CornerCommunity Corner

With a group:
Younger children who have mastered certain board games may enjoy playing with those games with senior citizens who may not get to play as often. Arrange for a group of children to accompany you to a local senior home and volunteer to bring along plenty of board games for them to play together. Not only will the seniors be able to teach the children a thing or tow, but the children will appreciate the attention as well.

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