Friends make our lives better. They help us laugh, stand by us when we are down and make our lives healthier. Yes, that’s right. Surrounding yourself with good friends is an important way to stay healthy throughout your life and hanging out with them – even for 10 minutes – improves brain function and the ability to solve problems.
ACTIVITIES FOR YOU TO TRY
Here are three Feel Good Friday ideas for you to try during Scottish Children’s Health Week.
ACTIVITY 1 | LAUGH TOGETHER
We all need laughter in our lives and sharing a laugh can help bring us and our friends closer together. A sense of humour can brighten life and those with a well-developed sense of humour are happier, more optimistic, have higher self-esteem, and can handle change well. It is worth remembering that a sense of humour is a learned quality that should be developed throughout life, it is not something you are born with. Why not try some activities that will make you and your friends laugh today? You can blow raspberries, put on a silly hat and chase each other around, read jokes from a book to one another or draw “funny” pictures. Go-on – have a laugh!
ACTIVITY 2 | BUILD A DEN
Building dens with friends is great fun and helps with learning, creative thinking, and building team working skills. It also develops an understanding of how to plan, reflect and investigate. To build a den, grab some items such as: cardboard boxes, chairs, pillows or cushions, old sheets or blankets, or what about a clothes horse? Anything goes! If you are adventurous head outside and grab some big sticks and make a tee-pee tent with an old sheet or big leaves. Work with friends to make a strong and interesting den and be imaginative. What will your den
ACTIVITY 3 | READ WITH FRIENDS
Reading together is a great way to share ideas with your friends. For younger children you could try reading The Rainbow Fish which is an international best-seller, a modern classic and which has eye-catching foil stamping and glittering on every page. However, it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value.