As parents and educators, one of our most important tasks is to teach children how to be good friends. This super fun bee a good friend craft is a great way to provide fun SEL lesson ideas in the classroom. Read on to learn about some fun friendship lessons for kindergarten and beyond.
Good friendships provide a foundation of support and care that can help children navigate the ups and downs of childhood, and lay the groundwork for healthy relationships throughout their lives.
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Friendship in kindergarten
Teaching kids to be good friends is not always straightforward. Children are still developing their social and emotional skills, and may struggle with things like sharing, taking turns, and expressing empathy.
See another super cute and free craft template on building an ice cream to show ways on how to be a good friend.
Here are some tips for teaching kids to be good friends:
Model good behavior: Children learn by example, so it’s important for adults to model good friendship behavior themselves.
Show kindness, generosity, and empathy towards others, and talk about the importance of these qualities in friendships.
Encourage sharing and taking turns: These are fundamental skills for building good friendships.
Teach children to share toys, games, and other items, and to take turns in conversation and play.
Promote empathy: Help children understand and appreciate the feelings of others by encouraging them to consider how their actions might impact their friends.
Encourage children to ask questions and listen actively to their friends.
Teach conflict resolution: Friendships can be complicated, and disagreements are bound to arise.
Teach children how to handle conflicts in a respectful and nonviolent manner, and encourage them to work together to find solutions.
Provide opportunities for positive social interaction: Children need time and space to practice their social skills and build friendships.
Encourage playdates, organize group activities, and provide opportunities for children to spend time together in positive and supportive environments.
Celebrate differences: Encourage children to embrace and celebrate the unique qualities that make each of their friends special.
Super cute Rudolph celebrating differences craft and name activity.
Teach children that differences can be a source of strength and creativity in friendships.
Friendship theme craft
This bee craft is super easy and simple to make.
What you will need are simple materials you most likely have on hand.
- the template below (it’s also editable)
- coloring pencils
You can also use a cardstock to paste the craft on, but it isn’t necessary.
Firstly, have a class discussion about friendship and what it means to be a good friend.
The kids will usually lead this, write some qualities that a friend might have on the board and discuss them.
Finally, show the kids what the final craft should look like. Have preschoolers draw on the beehive what a friend looks like and what they would do.
For kindergarten students, you can use the qualities found in the templates.
More SEL crafts you might like:
- SEL Bulletin Board Ideas Affirmation Templates
- Coping Skills Bulletin Board [Feel Better Flower Craft Preschool]
- Cute Preschool February Crafts Giving Compliments Activity Craft
In conclusion, teaching children to be good friends is an ongoing process, but one that is well worth the effort.
By modeling good behavior, promoting empathy and conflict resolution, and providing opportunities for positive social interaction, we can help our children build strong, supportive, and meaningful friendships that will enrich their lives for years to come.
Bee a Good Friend Craft
Grab this super fun craft template (it is completely editable) in Adobe Reader DC from my TPT Store.
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Bee a Good Friend Craft | Social Emotional Learning Activities
Super fun and cute editable friendship social emotional learning craft and a bulletin board option with a focus on showing friendship and the qualities a friend has. and character education. Students will create their unique bee craft and write about the qualities a friend has, the qualities are also included in the template and you can add your own. You can choose to use this craft template as a bulletin board or as a simple SEL activity.