When Clifford can't stop scratching, Emily Elizabeth decides to take him to the vet. This worries Clifford--he's never been to see a doctor before. Clifford's fears are eased when the vet, Dr. Dihn, rubs cream on his back and Emily Elizabeth reassures him. Clifford discovers that the visiting the doctor isn't such a bad thing--especially when you have a terrible itch!

Clifford's Big Idea: Believe in YourselfClifford's Big Idea: Believe in Yourself

It's normal for children to have fears about people and things that are new and different. Children grow in self-confidence when they have successful opportunities to experience things unfamiliar. The following activities nurture:

  • social and emotional skills
  • critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • understanding and appreciating diversity skills

Try This!Try This!

Help build self-confidence in your child by experiencing these fun activities together:

  • Visit a petting zoo
  • Go fishing
  • Hunt for hidden treasures with a metal detector
  • Climb a tree
  • Collect bugs, butterflies, dig for worms
  • Cook something without a recipe--and try it!
  • Tie-dye old shirt and undies

Kind and Generous Friend!Kind and Generous Friend!

Talk to your child about feelings associated with going to the doctor, dentist, or hospital. Help you child do something kind and generous for someone special at home or in the hospital using these ideas:

  • Write get-well wishes on a small terracotta pot with a permanent marker. Plant with a low maintenance plant or fill with goodies.
  • Paint smiley faces on an empty coffee can. Fill with candy, note cards, pens, etc.
  • Bundle up cookies in a dish towel. Tie with a ribbon and a get-well note.
  • Give a hand or foot rub with warmed lotion... relaxing!

Explore Cultural Treasures!Explore Cultural Treasures!

With a Group:
Help children explore cultural treasures within your local community by inviting guests to come and share their ethnic background and traditions like food, dress, art and music. Afterwards, give children an opportunity to express what they learn by creating a gallery of art about each culture for everyone to visit and enjoy.

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