Jetta has just won the spelling bee at school with Emily Elizabeth close behind in second place. Everything is fine with the friends until Jetta mistakenly thinks Emily has taken her prize medal. Clifford and his friends set out to be detectives and soon discover the real culprit was not Emily Elizabeth, but someone else "nesting" nearby.

Clifford's Big Idea: Be a Good FriendClifford's Big Idea: Be a Good Friend

Children soon learn that friends can be fun and challenging! When it comes to resolving disputes among peers, examples of patience and compromise can model valuable skills needed for healthy friendships. The following activities nurture:

  • social and emotional skills
  • critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • music and art appreciation and performance skills

I'm A Winner!I'm A Winner!

Everyone needs recognition! Reward your child for being No. 1 in your eyes by creating these fun "I'm A Winner!" medals together:

  • Form a medal from baking clay by hand or by using a cookie cutter. Twist and remove the tab from a soda pop can. Insert the tab into the back of the medal to use as a hanger. Press old medal buttons or keys into the clay. Bake and cool. Add fun paint designs and pass a ribbon through the hole of the soda can tab.
  • Cut out a circular shape from a cereal box or from poster board. Paint and let dry. Then add messages of congratulations with a permanent marker. Glue it on top of a 5" piece of wide ribbon. Attach with a safety pin.

Friendship Takes Practice!Friendship Takes Practice!

Supervise your child and a friend in playtime activities or games that require sharing and compromise. Give small tokens to both children as they resolve issues like taking turns, sharing objects, and making compromises. Use these ideas to help friends practice sharing and compromise in a fun way:

  • Checkers, board games
  • Playing house, dress-up
  • Listening to music, reading favorite books, watching favorite videos
  • Following a recipe
  • Grooming, feeding, walking a pet
  • Making a mural

Friends Believe in Friends!Friends Believe in Friends!

With a Group:
Make an episode connection by role-playing episode characters. After watching Doggy Dectectives, decide who will be the detectives looking for clues to solve the mystery of the missing medal. Who will be Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and Jetta? Encourage discussion about why it's best not to rush to judgment before knowing all of the facts and how believing in a friend can make a big difference, even when there's reason for doubt.

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