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Fishing for Friendship

Game on Being Good Friends

Activity Objective:
To play a game about choosing how to be a good friend to others
Lesson Outcome:
The children will demonstrate ways they can be good friends.
Materials
  • Paper fish of different colors (one per child)
  • A fishing pole made out of a dowel rod with yarn attached and a magnet at the end of the yarn
Directions:
  • After discussing Saint Peter and how he was a friend to Jesus, tell the children that they will be fishing for ways to be good friends. Brainstorm some ideas together.
  • Tell the children that you have written down on fish shapes ways that they can be good friends. Since Peter was a fisherman, they each will have a turn fishing.
  • Ask the children to form a circle. The middle of the circle is the imaginary Sea of Galilee. Place the fish in the middle with the paper-clip sides up.
  • Pass the fishing pole around the circle and have each child catch a fish. Each child should read how he or she will practice being a good friend starting the next day. Tell the children that next week you will ask them how they carried out the friendship action written on their fish.
  • Encourage the children to take their fish home to remember their friendship action.
Learning Styles:
Art/Space Smart,Self Smart
Approximate Time:
20  minutes
Hints:
Tape a paper clip to one side of each fish. On the other side, write a different action that shows friendship. (Examples: I will play with someone new today at school; I will share my treat with someone; I will give a compliment to a friend; I will help a friend learn something new; I will be a good listener; I will take turns when playing on the playground.)

At the end of class, remind the children to practice the action written on their fish.
Sensitivities:
If there are children in your group with special needs (physical, visual, hearing, language, or behavioral disabilities), adapt the activity accordingly.