BLANKET BLUES (Episode 140a)

Cleo spies Clifford's favorite blanket—one he has had since he was a puppy—and proclaims it the perfect cape for Super T-Bone. Clifford reluctantly allows his friends to use the blanket, if they promise to be very careful. The game turns rambunctious, the blanket gets dirty, and Clifford gets upset. Cleo and T-Bone realize that to be a good friend you should listen to and respect the wishes and property of others.

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

It's natural to miss familiar things, places, and people when we are away. Having a familiar object, such as a favorite blanket or toy, often helps make a new place seem more like home. Teaching children that there are ways to make time away from home easier helps develop

  • life skills
  • language and literacy skills

Making the Blues Go AwayMaking the Blues Go Away

Many people turn to a special thing, place, or person in times of stress, sadness, or loneliness. Encourage the child to think about a time when he or she felt sad or blue and to recall what brought comfort. Was it cuddling up with a favorite stuffed animal, toy, or pillow? Getting a hug from a parent, friend, or family member? Emphasize that people seek comfort in different things, in different ways.

Dialing for PracticeDialing for Practice

Practice dialing home telephone numbers on a disconnected phone. Match numerals from a home phone number to the number pad on the telephone. You may want to prepare a laminated card with the home phone number so that the child can have it anywhere as a reminder that home is just a phone call away.

Slumber Party!Slumber Party!

With a group:
Have a make-believe slumber party. Every child can bring a favorite blanket or sleeping bag, pajamas, teddy bears, or other stuffed animals. Allow children to spread out their sleeping gear. When the children are snuggled up, share bedtime stories. They may enjoy telling how they get ready for bed at home and explaining what makes the stuffed animals they brought special. Be sure to bring a stuffed animal or special pillow of yours to show and tell about, too.

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