This week in The Imagine Neighborhood, Scotty and Princess Donnasaurus have a big problem to solve: Sock goblins have stolen all of the socks in the neighborhood, right before the Sock Puppet Festival! To save the festival and return everyone’s socks, Scotty and Princess Donnasaurus need to track down those tricky sock goblins and find a way to recover their missing socks—without any sock goblins biting their toes. They explore a few different ideas and those ideas’ consequences before finally settling on the best solution.
In this episode, we talk about creating if-then plans: breaking down the problem-solving process into steps to make it easier. It can be hard to find the right solution, especially when big feelings are involved. Creating an if-then plan helps kids and adults see different solutions to find the one that works best and is the fairest. And, like all skills, it’s okay if it’s difficult at first: We all get better at problem-solving with practice.
For the rest of our season, we’re providing daily activities that align with each episode of The Imagine Neighborhood. Head over to ImagineNeighborhood.org and check our Emotion Experiments with Dr. Sherri and Music Corner with Mr. Music Man Lindsay Jones!
Plus, if you'd like to make your own sock puppet, check out this special how-to video from Macho Supr...er, Cardboard Scotty.