A Friendship Club is a way for you to make new friends. This is a great way for you to promote tolerance. You can invite people from different races, religions, or cultural backgrounds and learn about their culture and traditions. You can also invite people who look different than you. Invite people who are tall, short, overweight, thin, pretty, handsome, or plain. It doesn't matter because everyone can be your friend!
||You, your friends, kids who are new to your school or neighborhood, kids who are different from you, or anybody who needs a friend
||Make a Friendship Club to help others appreciate each other at school and in your community
At your or your friend's house or at school
Any free time when you can all get together
||So you can interact with and appreciate other people from different races, religions, cultural backgrounds or people who look and act differently than you
||Ask people to join your awesome club
Cut out strips of construction paper. Have each of the members put their name on a strip. Ask each member to staple their strip into a loop and then thread it through another member's loop. Keep going until it makes a big chain. Members can also write down their favorite thing to do.
Put each member's name on a small sheet of paper and place each sheet into a hat or small bag. Have each member pick out the name of another member. Make sure that nobody tells whose name they chose. Have everybody bring something in for their secret friend every day of the week. On Friday, have everybody tell who their secret friend was.
Which Friend Am I?
Have one member sit in a chair away from the rest of the club. The rest of the club has to sit in a circle. One person from the group of kids in the circle comes and taps the person sitting in the chair and says, "Which friend am I?" The person sitting in the chair guesses who tapped them. If they are right they can return to the group and the person who tapped them can sit in the chair. Keep going until everyone has had a turn.
At the beginning of each meeting, try to play the fun game, Beanbag Hellos. Get a beanbag of any color and create a circle with your Friendship Club. Say your name, and something nice about one of your friends in the group. Then pass the beanbag to the friend you just said something nice about. Keep doing this until you've met everyone in your Friendship Club.