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Clifford the big red dog learning activities

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Clifford the big red dog learning activities for children

The Clifford the Big Red Dog series was first published by Hyperion Books in 1985. Since then, the books have been a hit with children. With the popularity of the TV show, now the first book, Clifford’s Window, has been re-published.

I was very interested to find out if any of the ideas or activities for children to do with Clifford came from the book, so I went to the US site www.clifford.net. There is a section where you can enter detls of activities you have tried with Clifford and see if the ideas came from the book or the TV show.

Here are the five projects that are ‘suggested’ by the book:

1. Play Clifford’s Window (by the TV show). Take the children outside to the backyard and let them follow Cliff down the path. Expln to the children that Cliff has “gone to a different window now” so the children can show their parents how they make their window in the backyard. This is great for all ages.

2. Make a Book to Share (from the book). In this activity children can make a Clifford story of their own to illustrate. I loved doing this. We used large pieces of A4 paper folded in half so they were long and floppy. We pasted the words on the front and the pictures on the back. We added pictures of the dogs and cats, the grass and the birds.

3. Help Clifford Create an Art Book (from the book). Have some pieces of paper to create on and cut out the parts. Show the children how to colour in the pictures. Cut up the paper into pictures of people, animals, places, things and the moon. The words can be cut up for a different story or you could spell out the name of the story.

4. Play ‘Pretending’ (by the TV show). Let the children draw their own pictures and decorate the page as they like. We used stickers and coloured pastels for this activity and enjoyed it too.

5. Make a Window (by the TV show). Find an old window and make the Clifford book out of it. Cut up the picture as part of the story and paste it on the front. Put the story out for the children to read to the window!

6. Make a Window (by the TV show). Use an old blanket, a piece of fabric and a pr of scissors. Cut out parts of the picture. Add pieces of fabric, paper or felt. Then use a craft glue to join the pieces together. Make sure you add the dog at the end because that is Clifford’s favourite part. Place the window outside and let the children enjoy Clifford’s story through the window!

7. Create Your Own Clifford Book (by the book). Have a discussion about which pictures the children would like in the story. The most important thing here is that the children enjoy the pictures. Make a book out of cardboard and glue. Alternatively, draw your own pictures and then have a picture-making party. If you wish, you could also use fabric instead of cardboard.

8. Make a Clifford Book (by the book). Get the children together in a group and ask them to draw or pnt pictures of characters in the story. We used acrylic pnts and used a black-and-white story book as inspiration.

9. Make a Clifford Book (by the book). Cut up words from the story and add pictures. The children can be encouraged to use different papers, ribbons, glitter, etc. to decorate their book. A fun and simple way to start a storybook is by using a book with blank pages. You can decorate the pages and make the stories happen as the children read.

10. Clifford’s First Book (by the book). Children can be given a basic book to fill with pictures of things that Clifford and his family do, places that they visit, etc. The children will get the book from the library and will fill it up as they like. There is not one right way to go about this. The book can be a copy of the real Clifford book or it can be entirely different! What is important is that the children enjoy their book and learn something from it.

11. Clifford is Going on a Trip! (By the book). Children can be given a blank book with pictures on it and a list of things to include. If you have a copy of the book, let the children fill it up themselves, as they like. You can then use the images they have drawn to create a special story about Clifford’s trip.

12. Clifford’s Second Book (by the book). Have the children select a book of their own, and decorate the pages as they like. Add pictures of things Clifford will be doing in the next year, or something the children are doing with their friends at school. After the children have completed their book, add a page of directions for the child on what they can add to the book next year.

13. Clifford Is Ready to Read (by the book). A great way to get the kids to want to read is by creating a book and telling them that they have to decorate the pages themselves. They will also have to write a story about a family member that loves books. After the kids have decorated their book, let them add their own special characters, names, etc. and then write their story.

14. If you don’t have any copy of Clifford at home, you can make one using your copy of the book.

15. Clifford Is Going to Read Today (by the book). Before your child starts their first year of school, select a book and use it to give them a special message. I find that having a photo album on the cover works well, as I usually add a photo of their child at that age.

16. A Picture Story (by the book). The children need to create a special book about one of their family members. They can decorate the book themselves, or you can use the book they have made for themselves.

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17. Clifford Needs to Read More Books (by the book). Have the children select a book they would like to read, and ask them to find out why they want to read it. The children can have a special treat as their reward.

18. Children’s Stories (by the book). Ask the children to tell you stories. You can add your own thoughts about stories, but the best way to get the kids to talk is to encourage them to tell you the story, and then to ask questions after they have finished their story.

A variation on the above idea is to choose a story with special meaning for the family. Then you can ask the children to tell you the story, with special emphasis on who was in it, the special events, and the lessons the characters learned.

The children can read the book out loud and have the family sit and listen. Alternatively, they can read a book in their own time, and then have a discussion about the meaning of the story.

19. Book Stories (by the book). Use the same questions as above to encourage your children to tell you stories about what they are reading. For younger children, you might draw pictures of the book, and the children could talk about these pictures and the stories.

20. “If I could write a book, what would I write about?


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