Imaginary Friend Stories

Have each child come up with an imaginary friend to play with today. You can write the names on cards and have the children wear them on necklaces to help everyone remember their names. Spend time observing in centers today as the children play and write down what they say and do. At the end of the day be sure to have a closing group time and give each child a chance to say something about their 'friend.'


speaks in complete sentences

talks about self

Good Friends

Take photos of the children being good friends (playing, sharing, reading together, cleaning up, helping put ice on a hurt, etc.) Write "friends ______" under each picture and bind the pages into a book.


pretend reads to self or others

recognizes familiar words

Pen Pals

Prepare pages with "To ________" at the top and "From ________" a the bottom. Encourage children to write to their friends and put their friends' names on the pages and their name at the bottom. They can draw or write anything they want in the middle. Be sure to have a list of the children's names somewhere for them to refer to. You may need to dot the names for younger children to trace.



writes letters and familiar words

A Pair of Friends

Prepare pages with two basic body cutouts side by side holding hands like paper dolls. Have children pair up and each child color one of the bodies. Have each child do a page and invite a friend to do it with them.


takes pride in own accomplishments

finishes projects

Partner Play

Set up centers specifically for two people and require that children have a partner in order to play there. You could set up a different center each day that is a partner center, or just have one day when all of the centers are for exactly two.


follows class rules and routines

Paper Doll Friends

Trace around each child's body onto large butcher paper. Cut out the bodies and allow the children to decorate them. Then hang them in a long hallway or around the room as though they are holding hands. If you do not have the wall space for this then use notebook-size paper with body shapes to decorate.


demonstrates self-direction

expresses own interests

Painting Together

Have a special place set up (in the classroom or down a long hallway) for paintings that are done by two people. Praise them when they work together to make one project and be sure to put both of their names on the artwork.


works well with others


Friendship Art

Have each child draw a picture of their friends.


can tell how others feel

sees another perspective

Friendship Bracelet

Provide beads and yarn or fishing line. Ahead of time or in group time, ask the children to tell you their favorite colors (one or two). Write them down on cards along with their names. During small groups, have each child pick one name and make a bracelet by stringing on that person's favorite colors. Be sure to put a piece of tape on each bracelet with the name of who it belongs to and who made it for them. Have the children present their friendship bracelets along with a hug in the afternoon group time.


predicts what others need or want

sees another perspective

Tea for Two

Set up a small table with a service for two. Set out a small pitcher with juice or water and a plate of some easy snack like animal cookies. Explain that they can only visit the table one time and that they have to go there with a friend. Keep track of who has visited the table by having a checklist for them to cross off or having them sign in when they come. If there is an odd number of children that day be sure that you visit the table with one of them to even things up. Assist children in choosing a friend to invite. This is a great opportunity to be a "fly on the wall" and listen in on some great conversations! Have a pen and paper ready!


examines situations from another perspective

Flower Shop

Set up an area with a cash register, apron, plastic vases, and fake flowers. Children can buy and make flower arrangements for each other. Older children caould write their friends names on cards to put with the flowers.


works as a member of the group

understands roles of people in society

Chain of Friends

Cut strips of colored paper 1 inch wide and about 4 inches long. Children write their name on a paper and then connect it to one of their friend's papers by linking them together and stapling or taping the ends to form rings. Link longs chains together by asking other children to connect their name to someone who is at the end of the chain. If no one wants to add their link to a particular friend's link, write your name on a strip and add yourself to the chain. When you are done, hang it low enough to see the names and label it "Our Chain of Friends".


picks up small objects

uses tools

Friend's House Maze

Draw a simple maze on a piece of paper that will fit inside a tray or water table. Draw a house at the beginning and at the end. Using a paper clip on top of the paper and a magnet wand under the tray, move the paperclip from one house around the maze to the other house.


uses tools

Friendship Book

Have each child draw a self-portrait. Then have them write their name on the page (help the younger children by dotting the letters for them to trace over). Put the pages into plastic sheet protectors and bind the pages into a book entitled "Friendship Book". This book will be a favorite for months!


draws detailed pictures

Friendship Wreath

Have each child trace around their own hands onto construction paper and then cut them out. Write their names on their own hands. Glue the hands into a circle shape to make a wreath. This makes a nice display for the year. You can write the name of your class in the middle of the wreath.




Heart Cutting

Show children how to fold a piece of paper to cut out heart shapes. A neat way to learn about making half-heart shapes is to practice writing the number 2. If you write the number 2 on the fold of a piece of paper, then cut it out, when you unfold the paper you have a perfect heart shape. Try it! You may supply heart stencils for younger children to trace and cut out.


cuts with scissors

refines writing

Phone Book

Write a child's name and phone number on copy paper. You can also attach a picture of the child. Staple the pages together to make a phone book. You may also want to include a page that says 911 so you can practice emergency calls too. In small groups, have each child take a turn looking up a name and dialing the phone number on a pretend phone. You can tell them who to call by saying things like, "Why don't you call your friend Mary and ask her to come over to play."


recognizes numbers

Special Delivery

Prepare shoe pockets by writing the children's names on labels and attaching one to each pocket. Hang the shoe pockets on a door or easel. Have the parents help out by bringing in junk mail and envelopes. Write the names of the children on the junk mail and place the "mail" in a pouch. Children can take turns delivering a piece of mail into the correct pocket until all the mail is delivered. This activity can be put in the home center later for a mail center.


matches like objects

sorts objects by attributes

Friendship Flowers

Split a daisy stem in two about halfway up the stem. Have two children choose two colors. Place one half of the stem in one cup of colored water and the other into the other cup of colored water. As the daisy drinks the water it will pull the water up into the petals and create a unique flower from the combined colors. Be sure to label the flowers with the friends' names.