Friendship Worksheets

About These 15 Worksheets

These worksheets will help students explore, reflect on, and enhance their understanding of friendships and the qualities that contribute to healthy and positive relationships. These worksheets are often used in educational and therapeutic settings to guide discussions, activities, and self-reflection related to friendship dynamics. They encourage introspection, open dialogue, and self-awareness, helping individuals develop the qualities and skills necessary for meaningful and supportive friendships.

Types of Exercises on These Worksheets

Friendship Storytime

In this activity, there’s a short story about two friends. After reading, there might be questions like, “How did Sarah make Emily feel better?” or “Why were they laughing together?” This helps you think about what the characters did as friends.

Matching Emotions

Here, you might see faces showing different feelings – happy, sad, surprised, or angry. You’ll have to match the faces with situations like, “When a friend shares their toy,” or “When a friend takes your snack without asking.” It’s a fun way to learn about feelings in friendships!

Friendship Chain

This activity gives you sentences like, “A friend is someone who…” and you complete the sentence. You can write things like “listens to you” or “makes you laugh.” If you do this with friends, you can link all your sentences together to make a long chain of friendship ideas.

Draw Your Friendship

Get your colored pencils ready! This page lets you draw pictures of you and your friends doing fun things together. It’s like creating a friendship comic!

How To Teach Children About a Healthy Friendship

Friendship, much like a beautiful garden, requires care, patience, and understanding to blossom. To start, children should be taught the basic foundation of what makes a friendship healthy. This means explaining that friendships are built on trust, respect, and mutual appreciation. Just like how every flower is unique, every friendship is different. Some might grow quickly, while others take time. But every true friendship is based on kindness and understanding.

Recognizing Good Qualities

Children often mirror the behavior they see around them. By emphasizing the importance of being a good listener, being kind, sharing, and showing empathy, kids can learn to embody these positive traits in their own friendships. It’s also valuable for children to recognize these qualities in others. Encourage them to seek out friends who make them feel good about themselves, who listen to them, and who enjoy spending time together in positive and constructive ways.

Setting Boundaries

Just as gardens have fences, friendships have boundaries. It’s essential for children to understand that every person has limits and that these should be respected. Teaching children to say “no” when they’re uncomfortable and to understand when someone else says “no” is crucial. This can be practiced through role-playing exercises or discussions about hypothetical situations. This way, children can learn the importance of mutual respect and consent in friendships.

Dealing with Conflict

Even in the healthiest of friendships, disagreements or misunderstandings can arise, just like weeds in a garden. It’s important for children to know that occasional conflicts don’t mean the end of a friendship. What’s more vital is how these conflicts are addressed. Children should be taught to express their feelings calmly, listen to the other person’s side, and find a compromise or solution together. Avoiding blame and focusing on understanding can often lead to a quicker resolution.

Recognizing Unhealthy Signs

Just as it’s essential to know what makes a friendship blossom, it’s equally important to recognize when a friendship might be wilting. Teach children to be aware of signs like consistent teasing, feeling pressured to do things they’re uncomfortable with, or feeling left out. These can be indicators that a friendship is not as healthy as it should be. It’s crucial for them to know it’s okay to talk to trusted adults about their feelings and concerns in such situations.

Nurturing the Friendship

Like watering a garden, friendships need regular attention to thrive. Children should understand the importance of spending quality time with friends, checking in on them, and showing appreciation. This could be through shared activities, little acts of kindness, or simply being there when a friend needs them. Over time, these gestures strengthen the bond of friendship, making it resilient and long-lasting.