The Friendship Formula game teaches and reinforces important social skills at home, at school and in the community. The game complements the practical social skills programme in the accompanying Friendship Formula book and is best used in conjunction with it. Both the programme and the game aim to encourage and reinforce effective social interactions including the following specific skill areas:
• initiating conversation with others
• self-awareness and developing an awareness/perception of others
• problem-solving – positive/negative outcomes
• identifying positive thoughts
• showing an interest in and finding out information about others
• asking and answering questions
• sporting behaviour (e.g. being a good winner/loser)
• identifying and expressing friendship qualities
Like the programme, the game is very practical. It gives players experience of interaction with people in a variety of situations through role-playing, game playing, problem-solving activities and conversation. But most of all, it’s fun to play!
Players take turns to roll the die and move around the board the number of squares shown. Whichever square they land on, they will be given a task to do that requires them to think about a social situation or practise a social skill. There are four friendship squares: Emotions, All About Me and You, Solve a Problem, and Play a Game. The first player to complete one task relating to each of these squares and then get back to the finish square is the winner. Players may need to go round the board more than once in order to complete the game. Ideal for 2–6 players.
Contains game board, 100 question cards, 6 playing pieces, 24 coloured rings, 2 dice, 8-page teacher’s notes.
Age suitability: 8–13 years
Author Alison Schroeder is a speech & language therapist and primary school teacher who has written a number of social skills and language resources including The Friendship Formula, Socially Speaking and Time to Talk. She has over 19 years’ experience of working with children with language and communication difficulties and specialises in the area of social communication.