If you’re wondering what to do with the kids, here are 10 inspiring ideas to keep them entertained while teaching them about friendship. Added bonus — the month of February happens to be National Friendship Month, so you have the perfect (and timely) excuse to be crafty and kind!
Many of these activities serve two purposes: (1) to teach kids about friendship, and (2) to surprise their friends with little tokens of appreciation. And who couldn’t use a little more appreciation for being a good friend??
1. Teaching Friendship Skills Through Social Stories — Our contributing writer, Melissa, shares a fantastic idea to teach kids about friendship by using social stories. It’s easy to do, and quite an effective way to reinforce a desired skill or behavior.
2. Friendship Necklace Kits — It’s so much fun to color pasta, and even more fun to put together friendship necklace kits for friends!
3. Random Acts of Kindness — For my past birthday, I issued a challenge to myself to complete 35 acts of kindness in one day. For a good part of the day, I took the kids with me. It was an incredible experience!!!! You can read more about my adventures that day here.
4. Tissue Paper Flowers — My kids love to make these colorful tissue paper flowers, but they love giving them to friends even more!
5. Friendship Song for Kids — The talented Angelique shares a bilingual (Italian and English) song about friendship.
6. Handmade Cards — Why not surprise your friends with a lovely handmade card? These were made as a very low-mess craft!
7. Kiss Flip Book — Another great project you can do with the kids is a pocket flip book of kisses! It’s small enough to fit in your friend’s pocket as the perfect little reminder of how much your friend is loved.
8. Complimentary Placemats — Make a cheerful placemat for your friend, then fill it with sincere compliments. Whenever your friend sits down to eat, she’ll be sure to think of you!
9. Chocolate Covered Pretzels — A sweet treat that even the littlest “bakers” can help to make!
10. Host a Teddy Bear Birthday Party — Need a reason to celebrate with your friends? Plan and host a birthday party for your teddy bear! Use this as an opportunity to teach the kids about proper birthday party etiquette, and engage with them in plenty of pretend play fun!