We got to start making our friendship bracelets and discussing what we can do to make a friend feel included. We started out by dumping the beads out and letting the kids explore. It was so cool to just watch them talk about how they can make patterns with their beads. Once they started creating their bracelets they had a blast and if one child needed a certain color, they all shared nicely.
Now we got to take a ride on our friendship train! We spoke about who we should include when we play. That was easy, EVERYONE! We then set out our paper chains and let them connect to each other while making their train. They had so much fun choo-chooing around the house.
After we choo-chooed, we started our next activity. Before starting we asked the kids, " How can working together make a task easier?" We let them take turns trying to pick up a heavy toy. Then we tried working together and they saw how much easier it was.
We continued working on that platform and had the kids stamp out the heart shaped stampers on a piece of paper. They took turns placing two stamps on the paper and then running around the group, duck duck goose style. After we filled our paper, we asked them if it would have been easier doing all that stamping and running by ourselves. They all agreed working together was easier.
We ended our day building with our tangrams. We did lose most of the younger kids by this time. They all wanted to play outside, so we let them explore while our older students created AB patterns with the tangrams.