Making friendship bracelets in preschool

How friendship bracelets can promote caring and sharing in your classroom!

Many of my students are new to each other this year so to help them become more familiar with each other, Mrs. Courtney and I spent a little more time on helping the children get to know each other…

Friendship Day

Exploring Friendship through Literacy

We started our discussion on friendship by taking a picture walk through our Clifford Magazine by Scholastic and today’s topic was on different ways we can make friends…

Making Friendship Bracelets

After reading our Clifford magazine, we invited the children to make friendship bracelets. To prepare for our friendship bracelet activity, Mrs. Courtney and I cut up straws into small pieces and put each color in a different baggie along with a pipe cleaner….

Each child chose one baggie of straw beads and were then invited to share their color of beads with the other children so that everyone could make a bracelet with all the different colors…

Encouraging Sharing

Some of the children were very comfortable asking others if they could please have one of their beads to add to their bracelet. Other children were not so comfortable asking and needed Mrs. Courtney and I to help them do the asking.  But every child was happy to share their beads with anyone who asked…

In the end, we didn’t worry about whether every child made a bracelet that had all the colors and neither did the children…

Instead, we let the children interpret this process in a way that they enjoyed or understood…

Every Creation is Unique

Some children were very interested in collecting a bead from all the other children and some children just preferred making a pattern or using only their favorite color of bead…

Building Friendship through the Process

Regardless of how the children chose to make a bracelet, this process did encourage the children to talk to each other and to spend a few minutes sharing and helping each other along the way…

A special thanks!

I want to give my friend Wendy Young over at Kidlutions: Solutions for Kids Spin-Doctor Parenting a big thank you for sharing this idea with me!  Since my class definitely put their own “spin” on this idea – be sure to stop by Kidlutions to see the Friendship Bracelet Tutorial!

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By |2019-01-15T11:56:12+00:00September 16th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Mud Hut Mama September 17, 2012 at 1:18 am - Reply

    What a lovely activity and the end result is so cute!

  2. Pennie September 17, 2012 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Love this idea. What a great way to get kids to start learnong to make requests in a safe way with the adults there to help.

  3. Trisha September 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    I planned a similar activity for last week!–one student stopped up the sink and another didn’t quite get the water all the way off–Yeas a flood! So we had to deal with that instead of the activity. I wasn’t mad, but boy was I stressed. Our “computer room” is downstairs in an unfinished part of my basement right under the flood and it “rained” all over the computer! Everything is fine and we’ll do the friendship bracelets this week:) I like how you did this activity. I also like your Clifford magazine. I have the other one. Is yours Lets Find Out? I’m curious as to which one you like best.

  4. Kelly at Little Wonders' Days September 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I love the way you were able to teach the children to ask their friends for something and how to share something in addition to doing a cute and fun project! My daughter’s school just did a friendship fair day and the kids really enjoyed it.

  5. Vicky @ Mess For Less September 21, 2012 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    What a great icebreaker for the start of the year plus the added benefit of fine motor work! Just pinned.

  6. Mary Clapp February 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    I love this idea of sharing the colors with friends to make bracelets! We are currently in our friendship/valentine theme and the children will be making friendship bracelets for a friend! They did this with valentines at our writing center and loved it!They will snip the straws themselves( fine motor fun), choose their colors, and then exchange bracelets with a friend! So many fun ways to do this activity!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 13, 2017 at 2:03 am - Reply

      I love how you are modifying the idea to work for you Mary! It’s a sign of great teaching experience!

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