Here at the Sandbox, we totally understand that social skills are vital to child development! Of course, there is the glaringly obvious fact that when you are doing preschool at home, your child is limited in their social opportunities. We love using books to help merge this gap.

Social stories are used to teach students with disabilities because they are simplistic stories that give kids specific actions to use in social settings. These features make social stories great tools for toddler and preschool aged children as well.

This month we have focused on creating a social story about making friends. Grab a copy of your FREE social story HERE.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Peer Interactions

  • Begin to develop friendships
  • Ask to play with another child or group of children
  • Share with or help another child

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Peer Interactions

  • Develop friendships and begin to accept that friends can have differing likes and interests
  • Ask to play with another child or group of children
  • Share with or help another child

Required Materials

*Affiliate Links

Making Friends Social Story

*Crayons

Step #1

Read the social story- Making Friends with your child.

Step #2

Talk to your child as you read – ask them if they have ever had to make friends before.

What did they do?

How did they feel?

Step #3

On the last page, encourage your child to draw a picture of themselves making friends

Step #4

Finally, we realize at Sandbox Academy that social stories only prepare children for social settings and there is no better way to learn social skill than by being social, so take your child to the park or set up a play date so that they can practice making friends.

Teacher Tip

Learning social skills is essential to human development. Social stories can help prepare children so that they are ready to use their skill when the opportunity arises.

Parents of Lil’ Explorers – We understand that your child will likely not be able to answer questions like “Have you had to make friends before” and “how did that feel,” that is okay. You can still ask these questions and then answer for them, doing so will model for them how to answer questions like these.

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What did you think of our social story? Did it help your child better understand the process of making friends? Did you go out later and encourage your Lil’ to use their new skills?