To be a true friend is to be trustworthy, a person who shares, is helpful, and kind. All of these characteristics are what friendship is. We put value on things like cars and jewelry. Children value their possessions, such as bicycles, skate boards, and Barbie Dolls. What is sometimes overlooked is the value of a true friend. A friend is worth so much, they would be difficult to be replaced. The main quality of a friend is someone you can trust, who acts honorably.
Show children a recipe, then explain that they are going to make a Friendship Recipe. Have the child/children make up a recipe. Post the recipe on construction paper and decorate.
An example is: 3 cups Trustworthiness, 2 cups honesty, 1 cup sharing, 1/4 cup humor. Mix ingredients together and you have a good friend.
Choose 1 child to play the new kid in a neighborhood or school. Choose two or three other children to play friends. The new kid introduces themself to the group and tries to start a conversation by asking a question. The other children can answer and ask a question also, such as where the child use to live, or what they like to do for fun... Repeat with several groups of children.
After the role play, ask the child playing the new kid to explain how it felt playing the role of someone new to a neighborhood or school.