"The Trying Game" is the eleventh episode of Blue's Clues from the first season. It was the tenth episode aired in the United States.


"Blue wants to practice, but practice what? In addition to finding Blue's Clues, we practice telling time with Tickety Tock, and we figure out what Baby Bear wants to be when she grows up. Then we predict what tadpoles, caterpillars and a spider will look like when they grow up."


  • Question: What does Blue want to try to do?
  • Clues:
    • 1. A horn
    • 2. A basket
    • 3. A wheel
  • Answer to Blue's Clues: Ride a bicycle
  • Incorrect answer: Put the wheel in the basket and honk the horn
  • Living room picture: A block tower
  • Skidoo location: Storybook Forest


Steve invites the viewers inside the house to try their best in the hopes of learning something, or getting even better at something we already know how to do. With Blue's encouragement, Steve takes up juggling, he starts with one ball, then two and three. We help Tickety to tell what time it is by associating times with familiar objects and rituals. In Storybook Forest, we find Baby Bear. We also help young animals find their parents, noting that some animals change forms as they grow up. Blue learns to ride a bike.



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The Trying Game

The Trying Game


  • This was the first episode to air in 1997.
  • This is the second episode Steve and Blue skidoo to Storybook Land.
  • The felt frame has felt friends trying jump rope.
  • This is the first episode where Steve and Blue skidoo outside.
  • This was the second time a clue was found when Steve skidooed in something, but this time Steve skidoos into Storybook Forest and finds the second clue on a basket.
  • Blue does something similar to riding something in What's New, Blue?, but instead of riding a bike, she tries to ride roller skates.
  • Steve dances like Elvis at the beginning of the Mailtime song.
  • A basket is kind of like the second clue of the Season 5 premiere episode Can You Help?.
  • This is the second episode where a basket is a clue. The first being Blue Goes to the Beach. The only difference between the two is in that episode the basket was the first clue where as this episode and Can You Help? the basket is the second clue.
  • A letter is small like in Pretend Time (the next aired episode).
  • In the UK version, Mailbox and Tickety Tock appeared during the theme song.
  • When Steve says The Mail's here!, he uses his voice pitch from Snack Time in his voice from the next episode Pretend Time.
  • Steve dances like in the movie Saturday Night Fever at the beginning of We Just Figured Out Blue's Clues.
  • When Steve says "Yes! Yes!" after getting rid of the pawprint, his voice was taken from the episode Blue's Favorite Song, but it is low pitched.
  • This is the third episode where two clues are found outside with only one clue found inside.
  • This is the first time where both of the last two clues are found outside.

Blue's Clues Season 1
Snack Time | What Time Is It for Blue? | Mailbox's Birthday | Blue's Story Time | What Does Blue Need? | Blue's Favorite Song | Adventures in Art | Blue Goes to the Beach | Pretend Time | A Snowy Day | The Trying Game | Blue Wants to Play a Game | The Grow Show | Blue Wants to Play a Song Game | What Does Blue Want to Make? | What Story Does Blue Want to Play? | Tickety's Favorite Nursery Rhyme | What Is Blue Afraid Of? | Magenta Comes Over | Blue's News
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