What do friends like to do? Children will share with their
classmates activities they enjoy doing with friends by creating a
WHAT YOU NEED
- Roll paper, butcher paper, or wallpaper
- Small pieces of drawing paper
- Crayons, colored markers, and pencils
- Tape, paste, or glue
- Photographs (optional)
WHAT TO DO
- Brainstorm with children the kinds of activities that friends do
together. Here are a few to get children started: a team sport,
eating lunch together, playing a board game, sharing a secret.
- Have children work in pairs to create friendship portraits. One
child in each pair lies on a panel of paper, and the other traces his
or her outline. Then partners switch positions and repeat the
process so that each child has an outline.
- Children begin by labeling their portraits with their names.
Then they fill the outlines with scenes of activities they
especially enjoy doing with friends. Children can draw right on
the paper or make small drawings and attach them to the outline.
Some children may wish to bring in photographs from home of
themselves and friends and add them too.
- Post the portraits around the room. Encourage children to move
from portrait to portrait (as they might in a museum), studying
each picture and looking for things they themselves enjoy. Then
bring them together to discuss similarities and differences they
noticed among their classmates interests.
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