- Craft beads (with large holes)
- Pipe cleaners cut a little longer than the wrist
- Colored Masking tape
- String the beads onto the pipe cleaners. Encourage the children to use a variety of colors or to make patterns. Once the beading is done, twist the pipe cleaners together to make a circle and close it with the tape (make the bracelet big enough to slide on and off). Talk with your class about the fact that every bracelet is different just like every friend is different. Some children may want to exchange bracelets with their friends.
- 12”x12” fabric squares
- Fabric crayons
- Fabric Glue
- “Preschool art treasures”
- Provide each child with a fabric square. Encourage them to decorate their squares any way they want (just make sure you can see their name.) Once all of the squares are complete stitch them together to make a friendship quilt.
- Different colors of paint
- Easel paper
- Paint brushes
- Set up an easel and break up your classroom into groups of two. Encourage them to paint a picture together.
- Bulleting Board paper
- Paint each child’s hand a bright color and stamp it onto your bulletin board paper. After the handprints have dried paint flower stems down from each handprint and write the child’s name. Title your bulletin board “Friendships Bloom Here.”
- Bananas (one very ripe)
- Bring in different kinds of fruit to make fruit salad. Have children help adding fruit to the bowl while discussing how different kind of fruits contribute to the dish like different kinds of people contribute to a classroom friendships. At the end of preparation, take out a rotten banana and see the children's reactions as you get ready to add it. Talk with students about how we don't want "rotten bananas" in fruit salad, just like "rotten bananas" aren't good in a classroom family