- What Is a Friend?
Friends share and play together. What else do friends do together?
- Making Friends
To make new friends, some children start by saying hello and speaking gently. What do you say when you want to make a friend?
- Train Track Engineers
Build a train track so engineer Elmo can pick up his friend Grover.
- We’re All the Same
People may seem very different from each other, but everyone is the same in some way. How are you the same as one of your friends?
- Chair Sharing
The cavemen work hard to find a way to share. Tell about a time that you found a way to share.
- We Worked It Out!
Snuffy and Big Bird want to play together, but they want to play different games. How do they work it out?
- Gnorks Play Square Ball
After waiting for an invitation to play, Herbie asks if he can play! Tell about a time you joined friends who were playing.
I’m a Good Friend
Friends are special people. Think about what makes a good friend. Talk about different ways that you play with your friends and show them that you care. Then make a poster to show one special way that you’re a friend!
Think of ways you like to play with a friend. How do you help each other? When do you share or take turns?
Sometimes it’s easy for friends to get along, but not always. What do you do if you and your friend want to play with the same toy? What if you want to play different games?
Start your poster. Work together to write the title at the top: I’m a Good Friend When I…
Draw a picture of something you do that makes you a good friend.
Work together to finish your poster. You may want to add writing to describe your drawing or include decorations.
Share at School
You made a friendship poster! Take it to school to share one special way you are a good friend.
Preschool is a great place for learning how to be a good friend. Children are building friendship skills like showing empathy, sharing, and resolving conflict. They need support and practice as they make friends and play and learn together.
Take a look at the learning inside Let’s Be Friends!
Friendship skills help children develop healthy relationships with peers and with trusted adults. You can practice these skills together at home.
• Take turns listening and talking with each other.
• Talk about different ways you share.
• Write a thank-you note to a good friend.
• Think and talk about someone else’s point of view.
Whether it’s a shy smile or a direct invitation, most preschool children begin to seek out friendships. Share and model strategies to help your child make and keep friends.
• Look at facial expressions for clues about feelings.
• Invite others to play with you.
• Join in play by focusing on the common activity.
• Take turns in order to share and to solve problems.
VIDEOS & GAMES
Use the Sesame media collection to spark lively conversations about your child’s friendships.
Kids Talking about Making Friends – Approaching new friends
What is a Friend? – Being a good friend
Gnorks Play Square Ball – Joining the game
We Worked It Out! – Resolving conflicts
I'm a Good Friend!
With this writing activity, your child will explore important school learning related to friendship:
• Being a friend
• Fair ways to play
• Expanding vocabulary
Share the finished friendship poster to connect the learning back to school!