Friendship 5:5 S

Theme: Relationship Building: Friendship

In this activity, children will learn the importance of friends and develop the ability toempathize with others and respect others’ feelings and needs!

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Friendship 5:5 S

Let Me See Through Your Eyes

Theme: Relationship Building: Friendship

Intensity: Small

Song:

In this activity, children will learn the importance of friends and develop the ability to empathize with others and respect others’ feelings and needs!

Materials

  • Song lyrics
  • A puppet
  • tuneTOON
  • Blindfold
  • Obstacle course made of available items (toys, stuffed animals, books, etc.)

Importance of Activity

  • In completing this activity, children will learn about the importance of building relationships with peers and developing friendships.
  • Children learn how to communicate, share, problem-solve, establish guidelines and play fair via interacting with peers.
  • Through interacting with you (the adult) and peers, children will understand that they have an effect on others, and that others can feel differently and want different things than they do. When interacting with peers, children learn how to express and manage complex emotions such as anger, fear, jealousy, loyalty, gratitude and empathy. Social competence is the key to academic success.

Desired Outcomes

Suggested Dialogue

  • Do you have a good friend?
  • What do you like about your friend?
  • What makes somebody a good friend?
  • How do know when someone is your friend?
  • How do you make friends?
  • How do your friends make you feel?
  • When you see a frown on your friend's face, what does it mean?
  • How would you help your friend get rid of it?
  • What makes someone sad? How do you know when someone is sad?
  • What can you do to help someone when they are sad?
  • How do we express emotions? Why do you think it can be difficult for us to figure out how others feel?
  • What can help you understand your friend's feelings?
  • How are your friends similar to and different from you?

Instructions

  1. Sing HELP ME FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL with the children, using the lyrics and the puppet.
  2. Ask the children what the song is about. Show the tuneTOON and ask the children to describe it.
  3. Discuss why friends are important to us and how we can learn to understand their emotions and needs.
  4. Discuss what it means to step into someone’s footsteps and see through their eyes. Encourage the children to share experiences illustrating these concepts. Tell the children that in order to understand these concepts we are going to play a game.
  5. Divide the group into pairs and create an obstacle course using easily available items. Tell the children that each pair is going to walk through the obstacle course.
  6. One friend will be blindfolded and the other will not. Then the child that can see to stand in front of the child who is blindfolded and take his/her hands and put them on the "seeing" child’s hips. While playing the song, ask the "seeing" child to walk the blindfolded child through the obstacle course while making sure to hold the hands of the blindfolded child. Rearrange the course each time to make sure that the children who are blindfolded do not know the course.
  7. Discuss how it feels to see through the eyes of another child. Ask the children to share their experience.
  8. Have the children reflect on the activity and what they learned from it.

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