New Kid on the Block
summaryYour kids and their friends can play welcome wagon by producing a packet of homemade maps, guides, and other materials to help the new kids learn their way around.
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Here are some of the items the children might want to put together: A homemade floor plan of the school, with labels for important rooms like the cafeteria, gym, main office, library, etc. A homemade map of the immediate neighborhood with the names of the neighborhood children written on the drawings of their respective houses. Published tour guides collected from nearby museums, historic landmarks, or the zoo. A notice printed by the public library listing its hours. A list of important phone numbers: the best pizza parlor that delivers, the skating rink, the Homework Hotline, the local movie house, your child's own phone number. A list of shops the children can recommend from experience: the bike repair shop, the Women's Auxiliary bookstore, the corner candy shop, the ice cream parlor that serves the thickest shakes, a haircutting salon, a department or variety store that sells school supplies cheap. A map that shows how to get to the park. A list of do's and don'ts: Don't walk on Mr. Cumming's lawn. Do keep a lock on your bike. The secret password to your children's clubhouse. A photo of the neighborhood children with a caption telling who's who. When they've collected all the materials, give your children a large manila envelope in which to put them. They might want to first decorate the outside of the envelope with drawings and stickers and write a personal greeting. Have them deliver their package in person so they can introduce themselves-- the first simple gesture of friendship.