Aim: To show the children what it means to be a good friend and what it’s like to be a bad friend. Taken from the BB Anchor Pack C-2-4 Introduction: Children benefit from having friends. Friends are essential for children’s healthy development. Research has found that children with no friends may suffer from emotional and mental problems in later life. Friendships give children the opportunity to develop emotionally and learn
many social skills.
Activity 1 - You're My Friend
Aim: This game encourages children to listen so that they can recognise their friend’s voices in the group.
• Children can be seated on chairs or on the floor.
• Choose one child to be it.
• That child sits in front of the group with their eyes closed and their back to the group. You can use a blindfold but better to just have eyes closed.
• Choose one child from the group to walk up behind the child who is it and say. You’re my friend,’ and then return to their seat.
• The child who is it can open their eyes and then must then guess who it was.
• Make it clear that the children must speak in their normal voice.
• Let everyone have a turn at speaking and listening.
Activity 2 - Who's My Friend
Aim: To talk about friendship and bullying.
• Start the session by saying “think about your friends at school, outside school or at Boys’ Brigade”
• Ask them to think in twos and threes about what a good friend is like (avoid people’s names, you are looking at the qualities a good friend has) Some examples of these qualities could include:
• Someone you can trust
• Someone to help you
• Someone to play and have fun with
Get the children to talk to each other and then those who would like to can stand up and tell the group what they talked about.
• What makes your friends special to you?
• How should you treat a friend?
• What would you dolt a friend were sad or hurt?
• Developing this - ask the children to think about what qualities bad friends have and whether there are such things as bad friends.
• Be prepared for children to mention bullying.
• Ask the children to help each other to decide 3 things you could do if a bully threatens you or a friend.
• Let’s go back to looking at our friends - What is friendship?
• Spending time together.
• Sharing ideas and treats.
• Having fun.
• Respecting each other’s differences.
• Being loyal, sticking up for each other.
• Caring for each other’s safety and happiness
Activity 3 - Musical Chairs With A Difference
Aim: To make the young people work together.
Set the chairs out in the traditional musical chairs way.
• Line up a line of chairs with each chair facing the chair.
• Play music
• When you stop the music everyone must take a seat even if there is in that chair
• Everything is the same as traditional musical chairs except that when the music stops instead of taking away a chair and making a child sit out, just take away a chair,
• By the end of the game, the whole group has to work together to fit everyone on the few remaining chairs. End with a certain ratio of around one chair to three or four children.
Activity 4 - Draw My friend
Aim: To colour in or draw a picture of you and your friend(s).
• Have a table with blank paper.
• Ask the children to draw their friends and themselves together.
• Let the children chat about what they like to do with their friends while they work.
• Once they have completed the drawing get everyone to move away from the table and form a circle.
• Using a beanbag, juggle it from hand to hand while singing this tune; I have a friend a good friend a great friend, I have a friend and his/her name is _________
• Then throw the beanbag to the next child.
• Have the child sing the tune and then throw it to another child.
• Do this until every child has had a turn.
• The children could be given an opportunity to show them pictures and explain about their friend.
• The children can take their pictures home.
For full details see the BB Anchors Pro Pack C2-4