Being A Good Friend

Friends are such an important part of growing up - but not all friends are good friends, and one of the most important lessons that children learn is how to be - and to recognise - a good friend. We've got some printable activities below - including worksheets that children can use on their own, brainstorming printables that you can share with a classroom of kids, and posters for displays too. But first, here are some questions that you can use with your children to encourage conversation and thought about what actually makes a good friend.

Brainstorming Being A Good Friend

  • How do you recognise a good friend?
  • Can you only have one good friend, or one "best" friend?
  • Which of the following statements about good friends is true and which false? (We have a printable version of this below.)
    • A good friend must be loyal
    • A good friend must be there for me
    • A good friend must like the same music and celebrities as I do
    • A good friend must be a good listener
    • A good friend must agree with whatever I say
    • A good friend must do whatever I say
    • A good friend must have the same values as me
    • A good friend must have lots of toys / the best technology
    • A good friend must wear fashionable clothes
    • A good friend must be kind
    • A good friend must put me first
    • A good friend must live in a big house
    • A good friend must care about others
    • A good friend must be better at things like sport and homework than I am
    • A good friend must be worse at things like sport and homework than I am
    • A good friend must have lots of money
    • A good friend must buy me presents
    • A good friend must share their toys / food / other things with me
    • A good friend must be fun to be around
    • A good friend must like animals
    • A good friend must do the right thing
    • A good friend must be trustworthy
    • A good friend must be respectful
    • A good friend must be encouraging
    • A good friend must tell me the truth
    • A good friend must always tell the truth
  • Have you heard of the term "frenemy"? How does a frenemy make you feel?

Being A Good Friend resources at Activity Village

Our Being A Good Friend Resources

A Special Friend Card

A Special Friend Card

This has to be one of our prettiest and most colourful greetings cards! If you have a special friend, send them this beautiful card to brighten their day...

A Way I Can Be a Good Friend writing frame

A Way I Can Be a Good Friend

Use this printable to help children think about the ways in which they can build friendships - either in general or with a specific friend.

Best Card

Best Card

Here's a perfect card to send to your best friend! Or perhaps you've got a relative or teacher who's simply the best too? Print onto some card, fold in half then write your personal message inside.

Friends Card

Friends Card

Here's a simple, pretty card which has one important word on it - "friends". Whoever receives this card will surely treasure it!

Friends Forever Card

Friends Forever Card

We love the bright colours on this cheerful, pretty card - and it's a perfect way to tell someone you'd like to be friends forever! Simply print onto some card, then fold in half. 

Helping A Friend In The Playground Story Paper

Helping A Friend In The Playground Story Paper

Kids can use this story paper - which comes in colour or black and white - for writing a story about a playground accident, or perhaps for thinking about ways they might "be there" to help other children who need a hand.

Recipe for a Perfect Friend

Recipe for a Perfect Friend

The perfect friend can be hard to find, but once you've found them, let them know! Encourage the children to think about all the things that go into a good friendship with this cute "recipe" printable.

More About Friends

Does your child want to make something special for their BFF? Are you doing a project on friendship for school? Then have a look at our "Friends" collection of activities, here:

Friends
Friends

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