Fun in the Sun!

Learning to play with friends in a respectful and positive way is important to a child's social and emotional growth. By giving your child opportunities to interact with others, you are helping him/her learn how to build lasting relationships.

  • Target Age: 3-7
  • Skills:
    • Physical and Motor Skills
    • Language & Literacy Skills
    • Social and Emotional Skills


  • "no tear" shampoo
  • water sprinkler
  • silly string
  • shaving cream
  • pet grooming tools
  • insect net or netting fabric

Directions: Have your child invite a friend to play outside. Bathing suits only, and don't forget to lather up with sunscreen and wear sunglasses before heading outside to enjoy these playful silly ideas:

  • Create bubbles by adding bubble bath or "no tear" shampoo to shallow play pool with a strong spray from the water hose.
  • Dance like there's no tomorrow in the water sprinkler.
  • Have a chase with silly string.
  • Paint the "world" (surfaces safe to paint outside) with shaving cream.
  • Bathe, dry, and groom a pet.
  • Catch butterflies, collect bugs, and climb trees!
  • Discover fascinating cloud designs that look like rabbits, boats, dogs, flowers, and other familiar objects floating by in the sky.

Take it Further:

  • Watch Clifford episodes with friends. Then talk about Clifford's actions and how
    each story ends.
  • Play fun Clifford online games and print out Clifford coloring printables to share
    with friends.

With a Group: Practice showing respect to friends by making an art collage by using objects found during outside play like twigs, feathers, leaves, grass, flowers, etc. Combine the objects in a free-form design on a piece of cardboard or poster board. To preserve the collage, cover with plastic wrap. Option: With adult supervision, the collage may also be sprayed (before covering with plastic wrap) with one color of acrylic spray paint for a monochromatic look. Individual collages can also be made, giving everyone something original to take home.

Related Books

  • Clifford's Manners by Norman Bridwell (Scholastic)
  • Make New Friends (Yoko and Friends School Days) by Rosemary Wells (Hyperion)


Find more activities featuring your child’s favorite PBS KIDS character!