Having friends is such fun at any age! We get to share things and experiences and make memories.
Sometimes we have new friends and we get a bit shy. This little circle game is perfect to talk to your preschooler about how we play with new friends. It can also be used in other ways as a game when there are no friends able to play.
Making new friends seems to be easy for young children. They have common interests or their moms already hang out together so they get to know each other faster.
The main places we meet new friends is at the park and in play groups. As I have 4 children they have come to appreciate the common courtesy expected of being in the company of another child. Our friends have feelings too.
Things we like to talk about:
Sharing but being firm about a favorite toy. If you have a friend over and your child is sensitive about another touching certain toys, do pack those toys away. I involve the child in this putting away activity else he will be searching for the toy the entire playdate.
Taking turns. This speaks for itself. Although I find my children are not very assertive over other children some children can be.
Below is a lovely game to play and a reference guide to open the way to talk to your child about making friends and treating them well.
Let the dress up begin!
Download the friendship game circles here.
Ways to play:
- Simply talk about the pictures and how fun the ideas will be
- Play memory match
- Each card has a color circle. match up the colors
- Print 2 copies and match up the cut out circles to the circles on the full sheet of paper
If you have a few children you can even use these circles as a kind of bored jar!
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