The Buddy Bench came to our attention at a school in New Jersey.
The Buddy Bench is designed for primary aged students- PK to 2nd Grade.
The school took a bench and painted it -using bright colors. The words “buddy bench” were written on the bench.
How it works:
Have the Buddy Bench outside near the students play area. During their recess, if a student couldn’t find a friend to play with then they would go and sit on the bench.
Schools witnessed other students came over to the bench and played with the child who was sitting on the bench.
As a suggestion you can remind your students that whenever they see someone on the bench they can go over and say “Hi, do you want to play with me?”
It’s a great way to help those students who find it hard to make friends at recess time.