take a picture of each child with a friend. The cutout lots of petals to glue on the outside of a small paper plate. After the children are done gluing, cut out the inside circle of the paper plate. Then tape the picture in the middle. I then put it on my bulletin board and it says If Friends Were Flowers I’d Pick You.
Friendship Necklaces: This works well to help little ones refine their fine motor skills.
Beads-enough for each child to have one bead represent each of his/her classmates plus one per teacher/aide.
Small cups to hold the beads-one each child.
I first knot my bead on each of the necklaces being made to create the “stopper” when the other beads start to come. Form an assembly line type work station, some years we had to work in small groups, but the children love to see the project come “alive” when we all work together! Each child starts one necklace and we move down the line! Once everyone uses up all their beads we are done! I end this with a letter home about our friendship necklaces: who made it…
Variation: “Friendship Pictures” using different colors for each child.
While learning about friendship / teamwork, I have my students choose a partner to work with and then I use a fabric loop to “loop” two of their hands together. It is then that each child chooses a drawing utensil and together with one hand each, looped together, they create a magnificent work of art!
I cut out a shape (like paper dolls) of two friends holding hands. The students chose a friend to work with and they each colored one of the friends. We wrote their names on the front and hung them on a bulletin board with the title “We are friends”. I let a group of three work together if there is an uneven number and just tape an additional friend onto the other two. Some children may also decide to do this activity twice choosing a different friend each time.
In addition to the Friendship Quilt art ideas…I also do a Language Arts activity in which I go around asking small groups of children to tell me why they like (a student) in our class. I write down their responses. These are written on white squares amongst the decorated squares with the child’s name at the top. Example: it would have Jacob at the top and say things like “I like him. He’s nice. He likes to be silly with me.” (etc.) We read each child’s square out loud when it’s on the wall and it also stays up most of the year. I love seeing them blush when we read it. We often hear “What does my square say again?” Build that self-confidence!