KING MAC (Episode 215b)

When T-Bone thinks he is responsible for getting Mac in trouble, he goes overboard to help Mac in any way he can. But Mac shows a lack of respect for their friendship by taking advantage of his little friend's guilt.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be Responsible

It's important to share with children ways that they can grow to develop loyal friendships by showing respect for others that are special in their livesÉeven animals! The following activities nurture:

  • creative expression
  • critical thinking
  • physical and motor skills

Mystery Pets

Materials: stuffed pets, blindfold

Ask your child to gather all his/her stuffed animals for some animal fun! Discover what your child knows about familiar and unfamiliar animal types. Then discuss his/her stuffed animal's characteristics; the sounds they make, what they like to eat, where they live and how they move. Then blindfold your child and let him/her feel each animal to guess its identity. If needed, give hints about the animal's characteristics, sounds, etc.

Animal Charades

Materials: Provide pictures and recorded sounds of a variety of pets and animals such as birds, fish, snakes, cats and dogs, tigers, bears, monkeys, elephants, etc.

Encourage your child to imitate the movements and sounds of each animal as you hold up its picture and/or play its sound. To add to the fun, take turns and change animal pictures/sounds faster and faster

With a Group:
Take a trip to the local zoo or petting farm. Give children an opportunity to observe how animals look and act in their zoo habitat. Then select a quite spot in which to play the Animal Charades game! Give each child a designated animal to imitate. Each child takes a turn pretending to be his or her assigned animal. The other children try and guess which animal it is. Switch animal characters and go again! When finished, toss those hungry animals some animal crackers for snack time! Invite the zookeeper to answer questions after children have toured the zooÉthere are sure to be many!

Suggested Storybooks

  • From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (HarperCollins Children's Books)
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin (Simon & Schuster)

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