Note to parents/carers: take care to frame ideas in positive language. For example, if a child says ‘Don’t be mean to your friends,’ acknowledge and praise this response and re-word it into something like ‘… be kind to your friends.’
What are the ‘ingredients’ that make a good friendship? Discuss with your child what is important in a friendship. Write their ideas down - recipe style or write each idea on a strip of paper, pop it into a bowl and let them mix them up.
If you are doing the writing, they should be doing the thinking and suggesting. If they are stuck perhaps take turns to suggest things.
Sometimes we can fall out with friends so you could think of another recipe – a recipe for making friends.
Write and draw about your friends on Harold the giraffe's special activity sheet:
You might find the ways to feel better cards helpful when completing it.
There might be something you think would really help your child. e.g. if they worry a lot choose that, it they get angry when things get too much then try the anger activity.