Friendship crafts are art projects that can be made with friends, as a gift for a friend, or as part of a preschool theme on the value of friendships. Read on to learn about friendship bracelets, Amish friendship bread, friendship wreaths and more.
Bracelets, necklaces, wreaths and pins are among the friendship crafts explained at DLTK. My favorite, however, is the "Today I Made a New Friend" worksheet. It comes in a variety of flavors (boy, girl, at school, at church, at Brownies, etc.) and is available in colors and black-and-white. "This is a great worksheet to use on the first day with a new group of kids to help break the ice. It also works well to fill time at the beginning or end of the day."
These friendship crafts are specifically for preschoolers and kindergarten students, so there are no complicated weaving patterns, just fun with paper, glue, paint and yarn. Crafts include a construction paper friendship quilt, friendship paper dolls, a cardboard friendship tree, life size cutouts (My Friend as Me) and a handprint frame. Submit your own preschool craft ideas using the form at the bottom of the page.
Friendship Bracelets is published by Stefan from Sweden, who has been making bracelets since middle school. Visit his site for lots of friendship bracelet patterns, tutorials, and a pattern generator. "Originally, these colorful bands were invented by Indians in Central and South America. According to tradition, you tie a bracelet onto the wrist of a friend who may wish for something at that moment. The bracelet should be worn until it is totally worn-out and falls off by itself, at which moment the wish is supposed to come true."
"Amish Friendship Bread operates on a similar principle as a chain letter ? pass it on ? but with no threats or negative repercussions if you choose not to. At the end of the ten days, you divide it into four portions, bake with one, and give the other three away. If you've received a starter from someone, there's a little bit of flour and love from their kitchen, as well as all the other kitchens before it." Learn the lore and the recipe at the site by writer Darien Gee, author of the novel "Friendship Bread."
Bethany made her first friendship bracelet at age seven, and now publishes Knot Cool to share her favorite craft with the world. "These handmade crafts are super easy to make and super fun to wear. Friendship bracelets are great projects for people of all ages." Her designs and tutorials are organized by difficulty, with separate sections for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced.