Thursday, July 30 was World Friendship Day. We know how important friends are even if we have to be physically distant. Thanks to phones, mail, and the internet, we can keep in touch with friends who are far away. Here are some activities to share with the friends that are near and can allow for social distancing outdoors or inside.
Have a Rhyming Circle
Everyone stands apart in a circle. A first "leader" says a word (like "bat"). Going around the circle to the right, each child says a word that rhymes with it. Continue around the circle until you're back to the leader. The game continues with each person having a turn as the leader. You can create silly challenges (like doing 5 jumping jacks) if someone gets a word wrong, or can't think of something.
Play an old fashioned game of Kickball
For five or more people, this is a great game to play in a wide open space. This game is similar to baseball but without the gloves and bats. Using a large ball like a volleyball or small beach ball, each player has to kick the ball that is rolled to them by a pitcher and run around bases to get home.
For those who are feeling crafty and want to share some quiet time together, here is a video for anyone who wants to begin to create and share some simple friendship bracelets.
Check out some of these books that are available now at the library.
Melia and Jo ~ Aronson
Friendship Accordin to Humphrey ~ Birney
Stubby: A Story of True Friendship ~ Foreman
Owen and Mzee: The Language of Friendship ~ Hatkoff
A Scarf for Keiko ~ Malaspina
The Little Pink Rosebud ~ Shand
A Friend for Bear ~ Smallman
Visit our website to search the catalog for these books and more to place an order for curbside pick-up.
Bink & Gollie, Best Friends Forever ~ DiCamillo
You Can't Have Too Many Friends ~ Gerstein
Friendship Bracelets ~ Gryski
Best Friends ~ Hale
Frog & Toad Are Friends ~ Lobel
Big Nate & Friends ~ Peirce
Big Friends ~ Sarah
Friends ~ Steinkraus
Look for more news on upcoming programs from the library on Monday!
Be safe and healthy!
Vicki DiSanto-Children's Librarian & Beth Levine- Library Assistant
Funding for programs provided by Friends of the Somers Library