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Topic – Making New Friends

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Making New Friends

Kids make friends by talking to other kids. Some people find it hard to start talking to someone they don’t know well. Asking questions is a good way to start a conversation. For example, you might ask, “What do you like to do for fun outside of school”? Listen to the answer, and then tell what you like to do for fun.

Most friends have something in common. They might enjoy the same activities or be interested in the same topics. For example, two friends might both like playing the same games, watching Harry Potter movies, or learning about astronauts. Friends don’t have to like all the same things. Asking questions can help you find out if someone likes some of the same things you do.

If you want to make a new friend, look for someone who is nice to other kids. Be careful about making friends with someone who is often mean to other kids. Sooner or later, that person will probably be mean to you, too.

Joining a club, group, or team can be a good way to meet other kids. You might meet someone you want to be friends with. The two of you will already have something in common—you belong to the same club, group, or team.

Maybe you already know someone you would like to be friends with. You could ask an adult at home for permission to invite the person to come play at your home. When you invite someone new to your home, you are showing the person that you are interested in becoming friends.

Don’t worry if you try to be friends with someone and the person does not seem interested in being friends with you. It doesn’t mean that nobody will want to be friends with you. Keep trying! Look for other kids you think you might like to be friends with.

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Brain Stretch: What are qualities that make a good friend? Consider sharing some things that you have in common with one or two of your friends.