Friendship activities

Making and keeping friends can be tricky for young children. These activities encourage them to think about what makes a good friend and what they can do to improve their friendships. They also look at how to cope with loneliness or rejection.



  • Encourage and model positive behaviours to others - sharing, helping, saying kind words, issuing an invitation to play, giving a gift.
  • If your child gets into a fight or argument, ask for their suggestions on how to solve it, remembering the golden rules – it makes me feel better, and it doesn’t hurt me or anyone else.
  • If your child is worried about joining a new class or group, help them by practising how to talk to people and make friends. This will give them more words and ideas and make them more confident.


Download printable activities about friendship here.

Read more about bullying here.

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