WHO MOVED MY BONE (Episode 216a)

When Cleo accuses T-Bone of trying to steal her bone, Clifford gets caught in the middle of his two feuding friends. His efforts finally pay off when Cleo and T-Bone realize that their friendship is worth more than a silly old bone.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend

Objective:
Developing skills to solve challenges and resolve conflict with friends is critical for children. Through role-playing, children can learn to cope with various challenging situations among friends in a fun way. The following activities nurture:

  • social and emotional skills
  • critical thinking

Please Don't Eat Me!

Materials: various animal costumes, masks or nametags to indicate animal characters: cat/dog, cat/bird, baby seal/shark, fox/chicken, snake/mouse, lizard/fly, etc.

Help your child develop problem-solving skills by role-playing with animal creatures that one would expect to be antagonistic. This will give your child a safe environment to think about how he/she would react to an unfamiliar or challenging situation.

Examples:

Question- The dog is chasing you (the cat). What can you do to stay safe?
Possible response- I (the cat) could run up a tree, jump on top of the fence or scare the dog by arching my back, hissing loudly and showing him my big claws. Question- You're a playful baby seal that has accidentally swam into shark territory. How will you stay safe?
Possible response- I (the baby seal) could hide and wait for my mother to come find me or ask someone to help me swim home safely.

With a Group:
Children can become better problem solvers when they have opportunities to role-play. Pair up children into animal "teams" listed above. Brainstorm why or why not these team members might be a threat to each other.

It's a Zoo Out There!

Materials: disposable camera

With a Group:
Take your child on a journey to the zoo to discover how animals live with their own kind and among other species in harmony. Encourage your child to take pictures. Then use the pictures to create a pictorial diary or book of memories. Discuss valuable lessons that are observed in the animal habitat. Animals have a lot to teach us humans

Suggested Storybooks

  • Follow the Zookeeper by Patricia Relf (Western Publishing Co., Inc.)
  • King of the Zoo by Claire Schumacher (Morrow, Williams & Co.)


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