Friendship & Children

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Friendships made at school can last a life time or be over in a week but the life skills we learn when we are young help to build the basis on how we make and maintain friendships. Read our latest tips from The Dabbling Momma on how to instill good practices early. 

By Susen Kuchta 

 

With the new school season upon us it’s important to talk with our children about making friendships. In this article, I wanted to share with you a couple of books and activities which can help to prepare your child for the new school year.

 

Friendly Reads

Here are two books that talk about friendship that we really enjoy.  For more fun friends books just head to your local library!friend pic 2

Oscar needs a Friend

This was such an adorable book and a simple  message for preschoolers and kindergartners to understand. This book allows you to stop and talk about what Oscar could do differently to help his friendship with his new friend, Ollie.

friend pic 3Peanut Butter and Cupcake

A book that will bring many smiles and chuckling especially because of the illustrations. Peanut Butter moves to a new town and is trying to find new friends. Peanut Butter doesn’t have much luck but by the end of the book he finds the perfect friend and then some!

 

Let’s have some fun: Activity 1

In addition to these books I wanted to do an activity to reinforce what we’ve read and talked about.

Our first activity was based on some questions about how we should treat our friendships. Since we did a lot of talking about how we should treat other people the questions seemed appropriate.  We also turned this activity into a craft that my daughter could give to a friend once it was complete.

Here’s what we used:friend pic 4

  • Card stock (for the flower template)
  • Flower template
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction paper
  • Sticker foam sheets (cut to match the petals on template)
  • Heart sticker

Here’s what to do:

  • Print off a flower template but it’s easy enough to also free hand a flower onto card stock.
  • Cut out the flower.
  • Glue flower onto the construction paper.
  • Cut out different colors from the foam sheets as the flowers petals.

friend pic 5Next, I asked my daughter a question and tried to paint the picture of a situation and then read her two choices. If she picked the correct choice she added a petal to the flower. I also included some questions that were in a “yes or no” answer format.  Below is a sample and what I used as a guide for me.friend pic 8

I’m proud to say that my daughter answered all the questions correctly! Once all the petals were added I included a heart sticker as the center for the flower.

My daughter cut a stem for the flower, glued it on and now she had a cute flower craft that she could give to one of her friends.  She thought about it for a minute and said, “Mom, I want to give this to you!”  Melt my heart, I will cherish it forever!

 

Let’s have some fun: Activity 2

friend pic 9Our second friendship activity will get your child moving and it’s super easy to set up.  I went out to the driveway and friend pic 10wrote words inside some squares. I then asked my daughter some more questions and she had to jump to the answer she thought was the right one.  I told her that if she answered the questions correctly there would be a surprise at the end.

Once again I’m glad to report she answered them correctly and her prize was a treat from the dollar section of Target.

 

We did a lot of talking with this topic and I am so pleased that my daughter seems to be on the right track.  I’m excited for her and confident that she is off to a great start as she begins making and building friendships.

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