When Clifford accidentally gets paw prints on Emily Elizabeth's painting for the art show, it has a surprising result.

Clifford's Idea to Grow On: Be TruthfulClifford's Idea to Grow On: Be Truthful

Children learn early in life the values of being truthful. The rewards for being truthful along with the consequences for being untruthful make lasting impressions on a child. The following activities will nurture:

  • physical and motor skills
  • music and art appreciation skills
  • critical thinking and problem solving skills

Paint Like Picasso! Paint Like Picasso!

Make an episode connection by discussing how Clifford's accident created a work of art! Share some examples of Picasso's work with your child. Discuss the freedom of expression, design, and color that Picasso used in his artwork. Help your child recognize that art is a wonderful way to express oneself! On a section of newspaper, guide your child in making freeform circular strokes, crisscrossing each other. Fill in design with colors. Add a single eye or nose...just like Picasso would have done! As you guide your child through this activity, identify why it's so important for friends to be truthful and what lessons were learned from Clifford's experience.

Make Tracks!Make Tracks!

Art is art. It's all a matter of design! Colorful tracks can be left by using old toy cars, trucks, tractors, mini-cars, bikes... anything that could be dipped in a shallow plate of paint. Move the tracks across paper, t-shirt, or cardboard box to create a work of art. Add more tracks by cutting out footprints of animals and people. Mix in some music and watch your artist go!

Suggested BookSuggested Book

The Little Hands Art Book: Exploring Arts & Crafts with 2- To 6-Year-Olds, by Judy Press (Williamson Little Hands Series)

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