Caillou is a typical 4-year-old child. At this age, role playing is as appealing as it is essential. By playing pretend, children can visualize doing things they have never done: they are empowered and dare to try and discover new things. Role-playing teaches children to cope with strong emotions like anger, sadness and jealousy, and accomplish feats they would never have thought possible.
By observing Caillou, children (and their teachers and parents) learn that using their imagination is important, useful and valuable. Young students feel encouraged to imitate our little hero as they watch him go through various stages of development. At first Caillou relies on realistic props to invent a story and bring his imaginary ideas to life. But little by little, he is able to use more abstract, symbolic objects that are realistic to him.
Through these video clips, full episodes and lesson plans, Caillou shares his engaging, imaginative creations with his preschool viewing audience.
Mommy takes Caillou and Clementine to an indoor rock climbing wall, but Caillou doesn’t want to give it a try. It’s much too intimidating! Caillou overcomes his fear by literally taking things one step at a time.
Caillou inadvertently brings a cricket in the house and decides it’ll be fun to keep it as a pet. When the cricket gets loose and Caillou goes on a wild-cricket hunt, he’s suddenly able to see things from the cricket’s perspective... and decides to put the cricket back outside where it belongs.
Caillou wants to learn how to roller skate... until he realizes roller skating is very difficult. With a little help and guidance from his pre-teen friend, Daniel, Caillou decides to keep practicing, so his skills will improve – just like Daniel’s did!
Caillou makes pizza for dinner with his family, and learns that home-made pizza can be just as good as the fast-food pizza they have delivered to their door... and it’s fun to make!
Caillou likes it when Miss Martin calls him a “shadow scientist”... so much so, he’s afraid to admit he doesn’t know everything about shadows! When Caillou’s curiosity gets the better of him, he learns it’s much easier to find the answers you’re looking for when you ask questions.