Sometimes, it’s hard for kids to get to know new people. We seem to stick with the people that we know and have something in common with. I know, as teachers, we try to make sure that our “new” kids get buddies and try to have our other children welcome them with open arms. This is sometimes difficult, depending on the children involved. I think this skit is a good eye-opener for the kids in your class to see that it’s the inside that counts.
Characters: Mom and son
Mom – (to son) Why don’t you go play with the new boy who just moved in across the street?
Son – Mom! He’s no fun.
Mom – How do you know that?
Son – Well, I saw some of the toys that he had when they were moving in to their house.
Mom – That’s not a good reason to not be friends with him.
Son – He’s not cool. The other kids at school make fun of him.
Mom – So what do you do?
Son – I don’t do anything. I don’t make fun of him.
Mom – But, you don’t stop it or help him, either. That’s just as bad. You need to think about if you were him and what it feels like to be him.
Son – Fine. (rolls eyes and walks away)
(exit Mom and Son)
(son walks in with a sling on his arm followed by Mom)
Mom – I’m so sorry that you hurt your arm playing baseball, yesterday.
Son – Thanks, Mom. It really hurts and I don’t like that I can’t do anything.
Mom – Why don’t you ask one of your baseball friends to come over.
Son – I already tried. Since I can’t play baseball right now, they don’t want to.
Mom – Ok. What about your friends that you play video games with.
Son – Same thing. I can’t play video games. No one wants to hang out.
Mom – Really? They don’t seem like they’re very good friends, then.
Son – Seems like it. They don’t want to hang out if I can’t do what they like to do. It really stinks, you know.
(doorbell rings or a door knocks – Mom leaves to see who’s at the door and then comes back)
Mom – It’s the boy across the street and he wants to know if you can hang out.
Son – I can’t do anything since my arm got hurt. Did you tell him?
Mom – I told him that you hurt your arm. He already knew. He wants to hang out anyways. He said that he just got that new movie that you like and some popcorn to snack on.
Son – Wow. That was really nice of him.
Mom – Yes it was. That’s a true friend.
Son – I guess you’re right, Mom. Thanks.
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