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Preschool Songs for Kids About Friendship

Cara is a mother of two young children and has taught second through fifth grade.

Building friendships are a big part of developing social skills in children.

Building friendships are a big part of developing social skills in children.

Making Friends Through Songs and Other Things

When children start preschool, one of the very first things that a preschool teacher does is teach young people how to make friends. Building strong social bonds and communication skills in an early childhood setting is important to the success of a child's learning. Often times this is the first experience of being away from one's parents for a child. The importance of feeling confident and comfortable in this setting is one that both the teachers and the parents want for the children.

Children in preschool need lots of guidance in knowing what is appropriate and what is inappropriate in terms of making, playing with, and keeping friends. Modeling appropriate ways of making friends is a great way to teach your child how to make new friends.

So how do you get this accomplished with young and impressionable minds? Music and singing of course! Anyone who has young children knows that one of the best ways to teach children a skill is through music. Here are some great songs to help children to get to know one another and build lasting friendships through singing. They include the following songs and their respective lyrics:

  • Find a Friend
  • Meet a Friend
  • Friends 1, 2, 3
  • Hickory Dickory Bumblebee

Find a Friend

(Sung to the tune of This Old Man)

Find a friend, Say “Hello!”

Help to make your friendship grow.

Be good to friends,

And they’ll be good to you.

Find new friends, keep old ones too!

Friends 1, 2, 3

Friends, friends, 1,2,3

All my friends are here with me!

You’re my friend, you’re my friend,

You’re my friend, you’re my friend,

Friends, friends, 1,2,3,

All my friends are here with me!

Meet a Friend

(Sung to the tune of Mulberry Bush)

Today I’m going to meet a friend,

Meet a friend, meet a friend,

Today I’m going to meet a friend and

We’ll be friends together.

Today I’m going to play with my friend,

Play with my friend, play with my friend,

Today I’m going to play with my friend, and

We’ll be friends forever!

Hickory Dickory Bumblebee

Hickory Dickory Bumblebee

Hickory Dickory Bumblebee

Won’t you say your name for me?

(student/child says name)

Clap it, _________ (clap while saying name)

Shout it, ___________ (shout it loud!)

Whisper it, _________ (whisper name)

***Repeat for all students and teachers present.

Even brothers and sisters can be great friends!

Even brothers and sisters can be great friends!

Additional Activities to Build Friendship

Connecting the modeling of making a friend, the songs to sing about friendship and some activities that you can do with friends are all pieces to the complex puzzle of making friends. If you are looking for some activities that will help to reinforce these ideas, here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Friendship Circle: Simply paint the palm of each child's hand. Place the hands on a large blank sheet of paper so that the hands are side by side to create a circle. You can print each child's name under his or her hand and label the center "Circle of Friends."
  • Friendship Garden: Have each child create a flower and build a friendship garden on a wall or bulletin board. You can even add a picture to the center of each flower to show the uniqueness of each young person.
  • Friendship Rainbow: Create a rainbow on a wall or bulletin board. On each color, add a characteristic that is important to make or keep friends. At one end place a pot of gold. Put a yellow circle with a picture and name of each child in the pot. You will have a treasure of friends at the end of the rainbow!

Other Ways to Meet and Keep Friends

Some important things to remind and model for your young child at home or at school are:

  • Model how to make a friend. "Hi my name is _____. What is your name? Would you like to play?" Learning these few simple sentences will help your child to learn to make friends in any social setting.
  • Learn your friend's name and call your friend by his or her name.
  • Take turns using toys. Be sure to ask for something and not just take it.
  • Expose your child to a variety of opportunities to both play with other children and make friends. Parks, libraries, and indoor play places are all great opportunities for children to build their social skills.

Lifelong Friendships

It is important for children to have a core group of friends with similar beliefs and values as they grow and develop. Of course friends will come and go in your child's life but the earlier that you help your child the skill of building friendships, the easier it will become as they grow older and other social challenges come into play. Using some of these songs and activities will help your child to make finding friends a natural part of themselves.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 cardelean


Robin on August 25, 2013:

Thanks for the great songs & ideas for my friendship theme for my preK class!

cardelean (author) from Michigan on March 27, 2012:

LOL Robin, they kill me too! We register Grace for kindergarten tonight! Yikes! I can't believe that time has come already! Thanks for reading and your kind comments.

Robin Edmondson from San Francisco on March 27, 2012:

Your kiddos just kill me. They are so sweet. What a great video. You're right, siblings can be the best of friends! I also loved how you shared the lyrics to the Friendship songs!

cardelean (author) from Michigan on March 25, 2012:

Thanks Mom. I like that idea for planting seeds and then exchanging them. Thanks for adding that idea.

cardelean (author) from Michigan on March 25, 2012:

Thanks Aunt Danette. Yes definitely for keeping them as well!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on March 25, 2012:

Loved it-and those two little munchkins are so cute, hee hee. Great presentation with the side bar including the words and tune of these songs. Excellent points and ideas to reinforce the friendship idea. Here's one that came to my mind as I was reading about the friendship garden: each child gets a flower pot and plants a seed, they exchange flowers after the flowers bloom.

Voted up and across. :)

Danette Watt from Illinois on March 25, 2012:

Hey Cara, nice hub on making friendships. As you said, a very important social skill (also keeping them!). love the pic of Grace and Alex

cardelean (author) from Michigan on March 25, 2012:

Thanks teaches12345. I hope that many early childhood teachers will use some of these ideas at the start of the school year. Thanks for reading!

cardelean (author) from Michigan on March 25, 2012:

Those were the days! :)

cardelean (author) from Michigan on March 25, 2012:

Oh Sankari.nayagam, your comments just absolutely warmed my heart! I am so glad that it made your daughter so happy. That song is my kids' favorite one as well. They sing it all of the time!

Dianna Mendez on March 25, 2012:

Wondefully written and so interesting. This is an article especially useful at the beginning of a school year as children enter a new school year. Voted up!

GDRshop on March 25, 2012:

aww... i remember my preschool teacher and classmates =(

sankari.nayagam on March 24, 2012:

Is showed the video to my kid and she enjoyed the songs1 She liked the Bumblebee song very much. You have lovely little kids. Thanks for making my child happy with your video!!

cardelean (author) from Michigan on March 24, 2012:

Thanks sankari.nayagam, I hope your daughter enjoys singing them as much as my kids do (they were the ones in the video!) Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my hub and for your kind comments.

sankari.nayagam on March 24, 2012:

Wow! all great friendship songs. The kids in the video presented the songs nicely and were cute. I'm learning all your songs to teach my 3 year old daughter. I really liked your activities for building friendship and especially the friendship rainbow!

Voted up and useful!