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Clifford the Big Red Dog: Phonics is based on a series of picture books created by author Norman Bridwell about the big red dog and his owner, Emily Elizabeth.

The carnival has arrived on Birdwell Island, and Clifford and friends are excited to attend. The host of the carnival has lost all the decorations for the parade float, and is counting on Clifford to find them by completing five activities. As each activity is finished, the player is allowed to choose a prize from a display, which is then placed in the float tent ready to use for decorating. Navigation and game play use the mouse - the player clicks on arrows to the right and left to move from screen to screen, and playable activities elicit sparkles from the arrow cursor.
  • Inflate the Balloon - Clifford has broken the parade balloon and must make more by matching words and pictures on the balloon machine.

  • High Dive - help the elephant fill the high dive pool by selecting the bucket picture that starts with a given letter.

  • Ferris Wheel - match children and their letter balloons to words on ferris wheel cars that are missing their beginning letters.

  • Silly Stories - fill in the blanks to create a silly "mad-lib" story; this is a printable activity.

  • Tightrope - find the ball with a picture that matches a spoken rhyming word, then fire it from a cannon to load the tightrope walker's balancing pole.

  • Cow Herding - cull cows from a browsing herd by matching their letters to a letter carved on the pasture gate.
As well as the activities, there are five carnival games centered around letter recognition, including Whack-a-Letter, a Strong Man/Silent E game, Wheel O' Words, and more. When the player has collected prizes he can go to the float tent and select a float to decorate, which can then be printed out. The ultimate goal of the game is to participate in the parade, which honors the player by name and showcases the balloons and floats he has created.

This game uses an automatic leveling system, and a progress report showing levels achieved, number of rounds completed, and the skills covered in the activities is available by pressing CTRL + L.


Clifford the Big Red Dog: Phonics Windows Help T-Bone cross the wire by firing an item that rhymes with "late"
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Phonics Windows Whacking the pad turns "van" into "vane" with a strong and silent "e"
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Phonics Windows Match each balloon-holding child to an unfinished word to get this ferris wheel rolling
Clifford the Big Red Dog: Phonics Windows Find water for the pool in the bucket with the "p" starting letter

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Alternate Titles

  • "Clifford. Клиффорд на празднике знаний" -- Russian spelling

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Tech with Kids (Computing with Kids) Windows Sep 26, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Just Adventure Windows Oct 21, 2003 A 100
Edutaining Kids Windows Oct, 2003 A 100
Review Corner Windows Nov, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
SuperKids Windows 2003 4 out of 5 80
Impulse Gamer Windows Aug, 2006 7.5 out of 10 75


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