Teach preschool children the value of true friendship early on by featuring crafts that celebrate the joys that come with having a good friend. Show the kids how real friends treat each other, and translate these ideas into art projects they can make together. Focus on some of the character attributes that true friends display, such as kindness, sharing, loyalty and compassion. Talk about this and make crafts that express these things. Ask the kids what friendship means to them and why they cherish their friends.
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Help the children paint craft sticks with rainbow stripes. Allow the paint to dry on one side and then paint the other side of the stick. Once the second side of the stick dries, help the kids paint a short friendship message on the stick with dark paint so that it contrasts against the colourful background. Ask the kids to give their stick to a friend in the class.
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Ask the kids to find a new friend in the class who they don't normally spend time with. Allow the kids to spend a few minutes talking and possibly playing a game together. Take pictures of the kids together, and develop the photos so that each one is size 5-by-7. Make duplicate photos so that each child can have one picture of themselves and their new friend together. Give the kids buttons, pressed flowers and other embellishments along with a frame for each child. Help the kids frame their photo, and use a hot glue gun to decorate the border of each frame with buttons, charms or other decorations that you give the children. Then ask the kids to give the frame they made to their new friend.
Help the kids in the class make a friendship wreath to express their appreciation for friends. Pair the kids into groups of two and help them trace each other's hands on colourful construction paper. Cut out the handprints and help the kids use markers to write messages about friendship on each handprint. They can write about their best friend or write a sentence or two about what friendship means to them. Gather the handprints from all the children in the class and glue them together to form several circular wreaths. Hang up the finished projects on the wall.
Give the children in the class poster board paper and colourful paint. Help them paint an object that reminds them of friendship. They can paint a tree, rainbow or heart, or simply paint two friends holding hands. Allow the paintings to dry, and then help the children write a message about friendship on the back of each painting. Ask the kids to give their finished painting to one new friend in the class.
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