keeping friends

In this making and keeping friends activity, students will sort friendship traits based on whether they describe a good or a bad friend.

It can be hard to make and keep good, quality pals, whether you’re 8, 28, or 58.

I’m lucky to still be close to my best friend from kindergarten. But other than her, I’m made and parted with many people in the different seasons of my life. Some good ones amicably drifted off after high school, college, or another move, while other friendships were purposely severed over our differing values.

Elementary or middle school kids who are just learning this concept may struggle to to recognize when they’ve fallen in with a bad crowd. Some students may be worried about not being in the “cool” group, or may be nervous of the unknown of seeking out a new group.

It’s also easy to think that usually having fun with someone means they’re a good friend.

But does this friend also break promises or lie when it’s easier, or constantly insist on their own way?

Is this friend a sore loser, or often brag about winning?

Being a good friend doesn’t just mean having a good time. Good friends keep promises, tell the truth, respect differences, and cooperate, among other traits.

Good friends can make you feel happy and loved, while bad friends may disappoint you and make you sad. And in order to have good friends, you need to be a good friend.

Download the Making and Keeping Friends Activity