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Making Friendship Bracelets: A Getting to Know You Activity

If you’re in the middle of planning new getting to know you activities for back to school, try this one! Whether you’re an adult or a kid, making new friends can be an exciting and somewhat nerve-wracking task!

As a millennial, I grew up making friendship bracelets or going to Claire’s in the mall to buy necklaces where I had half and my friend had the other half. Honestly, things haven’t changed much because now we’re all Swifties making friendship bracelets. 

In today’s post, I’m sharing a fun and creative way to build friendships: make getting to know you friendship bracelets that reflect interests and memories!

Getting to Know You Friendship Bracelets

Getting to know you friendship bracelets is perfect to add to your first week of school lesson plans!

First, pair up your students. If possible, match up students who may not know each other very well.

Next, print this template of questions for students to ask each other. With each answer, pairs will add beads to help represent the answers shared. Students may take creative control as they get to know their new friend!

Getting to Know you friendship bracelets and meet my friend printable

Materials Needed for Friendship Bracelets

You only need two simple items to make friendship bracelets with your students!

  • Let’s Make Friendship Bracelets question page
  • Pipe cleaners (one for each student)
  • Pony beads (any shape, color, or size will do)
After your students make and exchange their friendship bracelets, give them time to create a Meet My Friend poster. This will give your students time to continue building a friendship!
Getting to Know you friendship bracelets and meet my friend printable

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3 Tips to Encourage Friendly Conversation

This getting to know you activity is meant to help your students get to know each other, so encourage them to talk! Here are three tips you can share with your students to help them.

Tip One – Ask Fun Questions: Start by asking your friend some light-hearted questions to learn more about them. What’s their favorite food? Do they have a pet? What’s their favorite outdoor activity?

Tip Two – Listen Actively: Pay attention to your friend’s answers and ask follow-up questions. For example, if your friend says they have 5 people in their family, ask about who those people are.

Tip Three – Share Your Own Stories: To make the conversation two-sided, share some of your own answers to the questions. This helps create a balanced exchange and allows both friends to learn from each other.

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