1. The Good Friend List
In this activity, children are asked to list what qualities make a good friend. For example, someone who shares toys, someone who doesn’t shout, etc. They will create a poster to keep in class.
2. That’s Me!
One person stands in front of the group and shares a fact about themselves (favourite color, favourite animal etc…) Everyone who also shares that favourite thing stands up and yells, “That’s me!”
3. The Compliment Game
Students can sit in a circle and toss a beanbag to each other, or they can just name the next person to get a turn. Each child has the chance to compliment another child and to receive a compliment from his/her peer.
4. Blindfolded Obstacle Game
For this activity, students are divided in small groups (three or four). One student is blindfold and the rest of the group must then guide that child through the obstacle course.
5. In Common
Students are divided in small groups (ideally with a mix of students they aren’t already friends with). The group (before the game is explained to them) chooses a number (for example seven) and then has to find seven things that they all have in common.
6. Friendship Chain
Each student is given a slip of paper. On their paper, they write what they think is the most important quality in a friend. Those slips then get taped together to form a chain, which can be hung in the classroom and referred to throughout the year.