Friendship Group Activity: What I Like in a Friend Glyph

Friendship groups are a sure thing each year. We focus on qualities we like in a friend, how to be a great friend, and what healthy friendships look like. To get students thinking about characteristics, we create a glyph as we consider what qualities we like in a friend. Keep reading to find the super simple instructions for this friendship qualities activity that your students will love!

Looking for a fun friendship qualities activity? This "what I like in a friend" glyph is perfect for group counseling and individual counseling!

Friendship Qualities Activity: What I Like in a Friend Glyph

Materials:

  • Blank paper with a circle drawn on (for a face)
  • Different colored construction paper, cut into shapes for eyes (circles), nose (triangle), mouth (lips or smile shape), ears (semi-circles), body (triangle, square, oval, or circle) and a bow for a hair bow or bowtie
  • Glue
  • Markers to add personalization
  • Glyph this-or-that instruction

Instructions for the friendship qualities activity:

  • Explain that we’ll be building a “friend” by identifying qualities we like in a friend! You’ll describe 2 qualities of a friend and students will pick the one they prefer (students may like both qualities but they should pick the one they like a little more than the other). Each choice will be represented by one feature of the friend. In the end, everyone’s friend will look a little bit different, and that’s okay!
  • Give each student a piece a construction paper with a circle drawn on it for a face.
  • One by one, read each this-or-that choice from the glyph handout. Students will choose one or the other. Give students the color/shape that represents the qualities they choose. Students will glue each piece on their papers before moving on to the next quality.
  • Afterward, ask students what they notice about each friend. Why is everyone’s a little bit different? Is that okay? What is it like to think about the qualities you like in a friend? What other qualities do you like that we didn’t mention today?

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Looking for a fun friendship qualities activity? This "what I like in a friend" glyph is perfect for group counseling and individual counseling!
Looking for a fun friendship qualities activity? This "what I like in a friend" glyph is perfect for group counseling and individual counseling in kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd grade! Think about what a friend is and friendship characteristics in the group counseling activity for elementary school counseling.
Looking for a fun friendship qualities activity? This "what I like in a friend" glyph is perfect for group counseling and individual counseling in kindergarten, 1st grade or 2nd grade! Think about what a friend is and friendship characteristics in the group counseling activity for elementary school counseling.

5 thoughts on “Friendship Group Activity: What I Like in a Friend Glyph

  1. I love your Build a Friend Activity and plan to use it with my Friendship Groups. I’m wondering if you have a black and white copy of the parts of a friend? I would like to run my copies on colored paper. Thanks for all the good ideas!

  2. I have signed up twice to be able to get the Friendship Gylph activity and still can not download the activity. I have sent emails and have not had a response. I would appreciate it if you could help me. I am not able to download the activity.

    1. Hi Martha, I just searched bad song have any emails from you. Typically if you sign up and don’t receive, it’s because you’re already on my email list. If you’re already on my email list, this was sent out 2 weeks ago as a google drive link.

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