Whether it is football cards, Pokémon cards or these cute Little Treehouse books, children love collecting things! Collections give children a ‘common’ and sometimes with kids they might not have been friends with before. Bonding over these collections can give opportunities to interact with a wider social circle of friends.
Sometimes, however, Friendship Fires® ignite over these precious collections resulting in schools and educators banning them.
Instead, let’s use these collections as an opportunity to teach our students how to put out their Friendship Fires® by working them through the Friend-o-cycle; confronting the issue, explaining how it made them feel, and talking it out! These valuable “Teachable Moments” can create more harmony in our schools, empowering kids with friendship skills, and allowing them to enjoy ALL the ways to play together, making closer and stronger friendships in the process.