Friendship games come in many different forms, from cooperation boosters to complimenting others for game advancement. Board games which are built from scratch by the players teaches friendship, cooperation and agreement with each other from the first paint stroke. Create a homemade friendship board game as a group and teach friendship lessons through every step.
A friendship board game uses any markers available, such as pennies or buttons. The game becomes more fun, however, when markers are personalized with the faces of the players. Print out small faces and attach them to large buttons or pieces of cardboard. The players will find the idea fascinating and giggle over their pictures moving around the board.
The board is created from a large piece of poster board or cardboard, and it is decorated with everyone's help. Part of friendship is cooperation, so when everyone grabs a paintbrush or markers and creates the game board, the first friendship lesson is taught and practiced. For younger students, outline the board beforehand to let them fill it in with color. Prepare the board with squares containing instructions for players.
The Instructions on the Board
The board squares will have instructions, such as, "Draw a Card," "Move Ahead One Space" or "Lose a Turn." Players roll a set of dice and move to the appropriate square to follow the directions. For younger players, moving around the board, counting and reading are opportunities to demonstrate being kind and helping out, which are two aspects of friendship.
The instruction cards are an important part of the game. When a player lands on the "Draw a Card" space, he draws an index card and reads the instructions. Younger players play with a deck of cards with instructions such as, "Compliment the person next to you," or "Give a high five to a boy." Older players use decks with moral questions, such as, "Grace slapped Sandy on the head as she walked by. Is this a friendly or non-friendly action?" Correct answers earn players another turn.
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