Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was indeed a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards but in 1940 the market had dried up and it eventually died out completely. However in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations (believe it or not!) and in April 2011 the United Nations officially recognised 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate it on the first Sunday of August!
In line with our core value on “Respect for others”, Friendship Day also teaches children the benefits of having friends. Friendships provide children with more than just fun playmates and experiences. In their interaction with friends, children learn many social skills, such as how to communicate, cooperate, and solve problems. They practice controlling their emotions and responding to the emotions of others. They develop the ability to think through and negotiate different situations that arise in their relationships.
To continue with our efforts to celebrate these bonds, our children participated in games and activities that required cooperation and teamwork, reinforcing skills gained through social skills such as sharing and taking turns. As the children arrived at school dressed in their favourite coloured clothes that morning, most of them came beaming with excitement saying, “Happy friendship day!” The children looked forward to an eventful day, all geared up for lots of fun and learning with their friends. We gathered in a friendship circle first thing in the morning and discussed what friendship is and when Friendship Day is celebrated. The children made friendship bands to give to each other; friendship chain links to hang in their classroom and the older children made social posters to reinforce the concept of ‘friendship’. We played games such as Duck Duck Goose, Follow the Leader and Limbo rock, highlighting the importance of turn-taking. […]