Game : Friendship Ball
Find a beachball left over from all your summer fun and use a marker to write “Get to know you” questions all over the ball. Sit in a circle as a family and toss the ball around, when you catch the ball whatever question your left hand lands on is the question you must answer. Play for as long as you like. Afterward talk about how being a good friend is about asking the right questions and listening, to actually get to know your friends.
What’s your favorite color?
What’s your favorite dessert?
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
What’s your favorite movie?
Who do you look up to?
What’s your favorite animal?
What do you like to do after school?
What have you done that you’re proud of?
Outing : Ding Dong Friendship
As a family choose a friend to surprise. Find a time when your friend will not be home and decide to decorate their front door with some love. Using left over birthday party/holiday decorations, poster board, balloons and confetti, decorate their front door. Write words of love and encouragement on poster board and tape to front door, hang decorations and add some balloons. This “Just Because” surprise will make your friends day!
Recipe : Friendship Soup
Invite several friends over for dinner, the more the merrier! Ask them to each bring over something to add to your Friendship Soup. You will start out with a pot of chicken stock/vegetable stock and have everyone else bring other ingredients. Bring stock to a boil and cook until all veggies are tender and meats are cooked through. Gather around the table pass some bread around and enjoy the melting pot that is your friends.
Ideas for ingredients for friends to bring:
Craft : Friendship Rocks
Collect or find several smooth rocks to decorate. Using paint, gel pens or markers, create beautiful designs on each rock. Write words of encouragement or sayings on them as well. Then put them in a bowl near the front door and when friends come to visit let them take a special rock home with them to remember how much you care for them.