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Juanita H. shares this activity that encourages children to show kindness to others.
Materials: Cut out of hands.
Description: Tell children that when you
catch them doing something kind such as
Comments: I find that the children deliberately
do acts of kindness so they can
There are many community helping hands in
the picture book;
Materials: Large poster paper, colored construction paper, glue scissors, markers and glitter.
Description: Trace each child's hand on different
colored construction paper and
"Friendship Fruit Salad"
Materials: Variety of fruit (each child brings
Note: When doing this with older children allow them to cut their fruit.
For picture books about Friendship,
Sharing & Cooperation take a look at
Materials: Collage material, rainbow fish, apples for printing, letter art,playdough, fingerprint, strings for string art.
Description: Our activities are to familiarize children with our classroomand school. We make hand prints for our helper chart, introduce ourdress up chest, provide opportunities for the children to practice taking turns andworking together and focus on shapes, letters, numbers, and colors.
1. Visit all classrooms and become acquainted
with each other.
Materials: Brown, black and pink construction paper, glue and band aids.
Description: Cut teddy bear shapes from the
brown paper and eyes, noses and
Give each child a bear shape, two eyes, a
nose and a mouth and go through gluing
At circle time give each child their bear and a Band Aid. Encourage the children to discuss how they feel when they fall and get a "boo-boo". Talk about the things they can do for their friends when they fall. Then tell the children their bears fell and hurt themselves and ask them what they can do for their bears.
Let them decide where their bear's boo-boo is and place the Band Aid on it. Encourage them to console their bear.
Comments: I use this activity with both a
toddler group and a 3 year old group.
For picture book about Feelings
take a look at
Materials: Raw eggs (or toothpaste tubes, spray bottles, feather pillow), large sheet of paper and a marker.
Description: Draw the side view of a head, emphasizing the mouth. Select "helpers" or give each child an egg and a bowl. Have them break the egg, letting the insides fall into their bowls. After they have all done this, talk to them about what hurts their feelings, and have them give you words they don't like to hear or be called. Write these words as if the mouth were speaking them.
Then tell each child that its time to clean up and they must put the insides of their eggs back into their shells. When they realize they can't do this, have a discussion about how we cannot always put things back where they came from, and the same is true with our hurtful words. Lots of different materials can be used to teach this value lesson, such as toothpaste tubes, crayons on paper, etc.
Comments: Children learn and adults can be
reminded to be careful of the things
Materials: Fabric remnants cut into squares, fabric paint and someone who can sew.
Description: Ask each child to decorate a
fabric square with their hand print and
1,2,3 Good Friends
String Of Friends1,2,3 good friends
Stephanie D. uses her ability to cut paper doll to teach young children about friendship, self awareness and verbal skills.
Materials: A string of 3-5 paper dolls for each child and crayons.
Description: Give each child a string of paper dolls. Allow the children to draw faces on each one, representing their friends. Have the children describe who the people are in their string.
Time: Fishing For Class Information
Materials: Poster board, markers, paper clips,
dowel, yarn and a
Description: Teachers cut out 8 fish patterns
from poster board and laminated them. I wrote questions on them such as,
"What is your favorite food" "Do you have younger brother and sisters"
"Do you have older brothers and sisters" "What is your favorite TV show"
"What is your favorite book" " Do you have a pet" etc. and place a magnet
on each fish.
Materials: Something like an old hand held mirror frame to look through.
Description: Improvise a tune singing the song:
Look through the window who do I see, (child's name) .The child then tells me if they want to play or what activity they want to do at free play.
Comments: The children like using the mirror and they are able to control circle time with little direction from an adult. Each child knows he will get a turn.
The Wheels On The Bus
Materials: Pre cut large school bus and individual pictures of each child.
Description: Precut a large school
bus. One for each child in the class. At the beginning of the school year
take each child's picture. After developing the film cut each picture to
fit onto each of the school buses.
This activity is great at the beginning of the school year. This helps the children get to know one another and be a little silly as they choose a verse in the song.Suzan on the bus goes open and shut,
Materials: Construction or heavy weight paper, simple outline of a pair of glasses, scissors, craft stick, glue or double sided tape, contact paper (optional) and stickers.
trace or draw a simple outline of a pair of glasses. Cut them out and write
on the top of them Super
Decorate anyway you wish. Then cover with clear contact paper (optional).
Glue or tape a craft stick on for a handle. Then, throughout the week go
around to different activities observing through your Super
Friend Glasses. When you observe a child
being a super friend. Reward them with Positive Encouragement.
Materials: Traced hands of each child, shoelaces and a hole punch.
Description: I traced each child's hand and made one for each child. I then wrote each child's name on it and had the children lace them to make a friendship necklace.
Comments: If your class is large, ask children to pick out who their friends are and only use those hands. I have used it both ways. Depending on the shoelaces or yarn.
Materials: A stuffed pillow person.
Description: Make a stuffed pillow person out of remnants of material and stuffing. Place the pillow in the quiet area. When children are upset and angry, they can hug the pillow or punch it, and release their anger. It's better than punching their friends!
Materials: Poster board cut-outs, markers, crayons, glue, yarnand fabric.
Description: Cut generic "gingerbread" shapes from poster board (one for each child). Have children decorate the cut-out figures, using a variety of materials, to resemble themselves. When the children are finished with the cut-outs, place each figure on a wall or bulletin board so that the figures are holding hands. Above the display, you can post the word "FRIENDS". Write each child's name under his or her figure.
Materials: Large piece of paper, construction paper, scissors,markers, crayons or paint and glue.
Description: During the spring months when we start to garden discuss the many kinds of gardens. To emphasize kindness and friendship make your own garden, a friendship garden. Talk about helping one another and being kind.
On a large piece of
paper, I use blue to look like the sky, or have the children paint it.
Ask the children to make their own flowers.
I make my own so the children will know what the flower can look like and show them real flowers, sunflowers work well. Ask each child to color or paint their pieces and have them glue the pieces to the large paper. As the theme develops we added grass, caterpillars, butterflies, etc.
Comments: This idea was inspired by a Disney book, Winnie the Pooh called the Friendship Garden. I work with young 3's so I trace the hands and use the scissors. Older children can cut out on their own. It's a fun activity and the children enjoy finding their flowers.
Materials: Yarn, thick in size.
Description: Allow children to sit in a circle or seat in chairs. The teacher usually starts it off and introduces herself and something about her or what she likes. She then takes the yarn wraps it around her once or twice and gives it to the next child. The next child says his or her name and so on. The child then wraps it around and the web continues. The teacher then explains that we, as friends, all have to work together to un-web our circle.
Comments: Children should not wrap yarn too tight and more than once or twice.
Be A Friend
Description: This song is sung to the tune of Jingle Bells and goes like this:
Be a friend, be a friend, be a friend today.Then you select a child to tell you how they can be a friend. Just make sure you have enough time to let everyone have a turn, because, I have found this is such a fun song everyone wants a turn.
Comments: You can toss a bean bag to a child whose turn it is next.
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