Good friend activity for kids – Our children are faced with many things that can hinder their self-confidence, their self-esteem, and make them doubt or mistrust others around them. But we can do so much to help them better their mental health and improve their self-confidence and self-esteem, too. We have been featuring a lovely series to help with kids mental health in partnership with Leanne Brown, author of the book Daniel’s Dream. Remember to visit her website and check out her book as well. Get the full digital resource pack too (£9.50)! Today we have another post in the series. This one is about focusing on the choices kids make and their resilience. It’s titled What makes a good friend activity is a great resource for kids.
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What makes a good friend? Perhaps some children will think it’s someone who plays with them, or someone who they can have a laugh with. Other friends may think that a good friend is someone who helps them when they are in need or someone who cares about them. While it is wonderful for our kids to know what makes a good friend, it is also crucial for them to understand that sometimes there are times when friends can behave in a way that makes them a “bad friend”.
Being able to know and differentiate positive traits from negative traits in a person teaches our kids to trust their judgement. This not only helps them in the short term, but can equip them to make better choices in the future and even as adults.
The printable worksheet below will show you a bit more about how your kids can identify traits in someone that can make them a good friend or a bad friend.
Good or bad friend
Before you download the good friend activity, take a look at the printable.
The worksheet gives your kids a set of phrases and challenges them to identify whether they go in the good friend category or the bad friend category. There is no right or wrong answer per se, but it’s a great way to start the conversation and find out why your child thinks the way they do. It’s very simple so you can do it with kids of all ages and the older kids can fill out the activity independently.
This sheet was designed to be used in either a one on one setting or a group setting. It can be used by parents at home to get to know more about what their kids think makes a good friend or a bad friend, or it can be used in a classroom setting. This allows for dialogue to take place and can help kids reflect on how they can be better friends.
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