BUILDING THE CONCEPT OF FRIENDSHIP IN CHILDREN
In building the concept of friendship in children, you will observe that your preschooler may now have a favorite playmate or two at daycare or at the park. She’s forming her idea of what it means to have a friend — a concept that’s still a little fuzzy but will grow more sophisticated as her social skills sharpen during the coming year. Sharing, for example, is still a tough one. Your intervention and demonstrations can show your child how to behave and keep playtime running smoothly.
Your ever-more-independent child is probably starting to develop some friendships. But don’t be surprised if, when you ask who her friends are, she recites her entire preschool class list. She doesn’t fully understand the meaning of friendship yet. She may have favorites, but to her a “friend” is pretty much anybody she spends time with.
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Three-year-olds can play cooperatively with others, but usually not for long. A successful play-date might last less than an hour. Many 3-year-olds continue to play alone but near other children or cooperate briefly and then move on to their own activity. Long interactive play sessions will probably start next year. Some shy children will need several “dates” to feel comfortable with another child.
Although your child probably seems much less self-centered than she did a year ago, she’s still struggling with sharing. A young preschooler’s way of saying “I’d like to play with you” may be to grab a toy from a playmate or even give him a shove. Some kids may be able to resolve conflicts themselves, but most will still run to a grownup for help. Here’s your chance to teach about sharing and taking turns: “Why don’t you let Jimmy have the bucket first? Then it’s your turn.” Most kids this age, just learning the art of negotiating, are willing to accept such compromises.
Learning positive friendship skills
In learning positive friendship skills, there are different ways you can build this concepts and since they are still preschoolers, it can be built into a game.
These are top 6 friendship activities to aid in building the concept of friendship in children
The Compliment Game
There are different ways to play this game. Kids can sit in a circle and toss a beanbag to each other. the point of this game is for each child to have a chance of complimenting another child. This teaches kids how to pay compliments, and how nice it is to receive them.
This game helps preschoolers to learn the names of their classmates, when they send something over.” They’ll practice teamwork by holding hands and trying to stop the other person from breaking through. By so doing, they practice each others name and build friendships from there.
That’s me game
This is where one of the preschoolers stand in front of the class and tells a story about themselves or describe a situation. This will also bolster their confidence.
The good friend list
This is where preschoolers are asked randomly to list the qualities of a good friend. for instance, they could say ‘someone who doesn’t yell’
The matching game
In this game, the teacher gives out marbles with different colors to all the children. The children will go round looking for someone with the same colour, when they find each other, they come out holding hands.
In common game
This one is easy, just group children, especially with people they’re not familiar with, then ask them to find things in common from a basket. The idea of forming this teamwork will give them something to talk about.