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Language and Communication Play with one friend then play with someone else  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


To understand that you should not try and play with one friend the whole time, but play with more than one person.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Curriculum skill:PSHE and Citizenship
P-scales/Curriculum level:L1
TAP skill:not specified
TAP level:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments

Story script

- see "Robert's Friend" (, or make up your own story (two main characters and two others - one of the main characters wants to play with their friend the whole time, and they fall out).

Explain to the child / children that you are going to tell them a story. They need to tell you what the characters did that was good and what was not good.

Tell the story, and repeat it.

Discuss. Talk about what the characters could do differently.

Make sure you talk about:

- Do we need to play together all the time to be friends?

- Do friends sometimes play at different games?

- What happens if we try and play with one person the whole time?

Role-play with puppets

Puppets / paper figures

Story script used above

Explain that you are going to act out the story you have just been talking about / talked about last time.

Act it out as you originally told it.

Discuss what the characters could do to make it a better ending.

Act out the new version of the story, where the characters do not fall out.

What to do if...your friend wants to play with someone else?

A3 sheet of paper


Flash cards (optional)

Puppets (optional)

Explain that you are going to talk about 'what you can do if your friend wants to play with someone else'.

Write this in the centre of the A3 sheet, and brainstorm. See key strategies to mention (opposite).

You could write out the strategies onto flashcards. Put them in a pile, and each child takes it in turn to turn one over. They must act this out with the puppets / paper figures, and the other children guess which strategy it is.

Key strategies:

- Ask someone else to play with you

- Choose something else to do

- Say, 'ok, see you later'.

- Ask an adult to play with you.

- Ask if you can join in someone else's game.

- Remember that it doesn't mean they don't want to be your friend - they just want to play with someone else for a bit.

'I would like to play a game with...' card

Laminated card 'I would like to play a game with...'

Sticky notes


Some simple games

Timer (optional)

Start with 4 children in a group, or one child with the possibility of them choosing someone to play with.

Explain to the child that they can use the card to choose someone to play a game with.

Put the names of the children they could choose on the card, using the sticky notes.

They choose one name, and ask that child if they would like to play a game. If they say yes, the pair can play a game for a specified time, e.g. 3 minutes.

The other children can choose to play together or with the adult.

After the time is up, everyone comes back together, and the choosing card is used again. Make sure the children are playing with someone different to before.

This can be used in the playground, provided there are at least two children who are willing to be chosen. If there are, the activity will be to play a specific game, for a set time, and then to play with someone else.

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