- A large piece of mural paper
- Paints in various colors
- Collage items such as (Tissue paper, Yarn, Fabric)
Objective: Children will learn more about one another and feel more at home as they work together to create a friendship mural.
In Advance: Talk with children about the kinds of things they enjoy doing with their friends. Ask: How does doing things with friends make those activities more fun? What other things do you like about having friends? How would your days be different if you didn't have a friend?
- Talk about friends at school. Ask children, "How do you work together with friends?"
- Put out the mural paper and other supplies and ask children to think of ways they can use the materials to participate in an activity together.
- Talk about murals. Invite children to use the materials to create a mural that shows friends at school playing and working with one another.
- Encourage children to look closely at their friends' individual characteristics while they are painting and gluing. They can use markers to write names or thoughts.
- Little children help choose a place to hang their mural so they'll be able to admire it and add to it throughout the year.
- As they admire their mural, children can sing a friendship song:
"Make New Friends"
Make new friends,
But keep the old,
One is silver,
And the other is gold.
For younger children: Hang a large sheet of craft paper outdoors. Have children work together by painting "happy pictures" on the paper.
For older children: Gather children together and ask them to make up lyrics for their own song about friendship. Bring out a set of instruments they can use to create the melody and rhythm.
Friends by Helme Heine
Friends at School by Rochelle Bunnett
Making Friends by Fred Rogers