NOT NOW, I'M BUSY (Episode 212b)

Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone go to K.C.'s house to visit him, but K.C. tells the gang that he's too busy to play and Cleo feels slighted. Later, when the dogs walk by and see K.C.'s owner reading to him. Eventually, the dogs learn that K.C. is moving to the island to be an Assistance Dog. The dogs learn that even though sometimes friends aren't always available, they're still friends.

Clifford's Big Idea: Have Respect

There are many creative and fun ways for children to experience the joy that comes from helping others by performing acts of kindness. The following activities nurture:

  • social and emotional skills
  • reading and language
  • creative expression

Good Deed Surprise!

Materials: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash

Materials: Homemade "Secret Good Deed" door tags or cards

Take time to share why it's important to help others as you create "Good Deed" tags or cards. Help your child think of someone special that needs a helping hand and put your plan into action to surprise them with a good deed. It might be feeding a pet, sweeping a porch or changing a light bulb for someone elderly. After the good deed is performed, place the tag/card for that person to discover.

With a Group:
Have a brainstorming session with children, listing special people or places in the community that are in need of a good deed. Break into small groups accompanied by an adult and work together to perform good deeds!

What Would Clifford Do?

Materials: Favorite snacks, timer

Materials: Clifford cartoon episodes, books, toys

There's no doubt that Clifford is always ready to help others. As you watch Clifford cartoons, read Clifford books and play with Clifford toys, encourage your child to think of ways that Clifford would help to solve a problem, be a good friend or help someone else get out of trouble. There's always a good lesson to be learned where Clifford is concerned!

Suggested Storybooks

  • Clifford the Small Red Puppy by Norman Bridwell
  • Herman the Helper by Robert Kraus (Simon & Schuster)
  • Community Helpers by Bobbie D. Kalman (Crabtree Publishing Co.)
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman (Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers)

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