Choose one or two of these ideas to explore
with your child:
- Provide opportunities for your child to make
friends by letting them play with other children, either at home
or in larger settings. Encourage your child to learn to respect
the views of others, to share toys and take turns. This should
help foster firm friendships!
- Teach your child some traditional games,
such as hide and seek or I spy. Invite another adult and child
to play with you. Besides social skills, hide and seek helps develop
counting skills (count to 10 while the others hide!). I spy helps
reading and spelling. (Use the sound at the beginning of the chosen
word to help your child focus on the initial sound.)
- Help your child to learn to care for their
friends. For example, involve them in choosing or making a present
for their friend's birthday or a celebration or just for fun.
Get your child to help you wrap the present and write on a homemade
card. (Write your child's name and let them trace over the letters
- Some children may have imaginary friends.
This is a natural part of play. Find some stories in the library
about children with imaginary friends. Read them aloud to your
child and talk about the stories together.