Play house on Friendship Day.
Play house on Friendship Day.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Congress declared Friendship Day a holiday in 1935, and these Friendship Day crafts help celebrate togetherness. This Friendship Day -- the first Sunday in August -- celebrate with your friends by making creative crafts and playing fun group games.

Holding Hands Game

Holding hands with your best friend on Friendship Day can be even better with this active game!

Mini House Marble Race

Celebrate Friendship Day by racing to your friend's house -- without using your feet!

Holding hands is a sign of friendship, but the symbolic gesture gets competitive in this activity. Check out the next page to find out how to play the holding hands game.

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Holding Hands Game

Race your way into Friendship Day with this game! Learn how to play the Holding Hands game, a game of friendly competition and skill.

What You'll Need:

4 Dishes

20 Peanuts

Divide the players into two equal teams. Have each team line up and clasp hands by weaving their fingers together. Put a dish with ten peanuts at one end of each line, and an empty dish at the other.

The first player in each line picks up a peanut with her or his free hand and then passes it to her other hand -- the hand that is clasped with the hand of the next player.

The next player must use his clasped hand to pass the peanut to his other hand, and so on until the peanut gets to the last person, who drops it in the empty dish with her free hand.

As soon as the first player has passed the first peanut, she picks up another peanut and begins again. The team that passes all ten peanuts into the empty dish first, without unclasping their hands at any time during the game, wins. Hold on tight!

For another fun game, visit the next page, where you'll learn how to run to your friend's house without using your feet.

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Mini House Marble Race

Publications International, Ltd. The mini house marble race requires skill .

Make a house of your own, then play the mini house marble race game. The instructions, below, teach you how to make the house, but winning the game depends on your skill.

What You'll Need:

2 Shoe box lids

2 Oatmeal carton lids

Scissors

Construction paper

Glue

Markers

6 Marbles

Cut oatmeal lids on one side to make an opening for the marbles to pass through. After the lid is cut, it should look like a big letter C. Glue this C near one end of the inside of your shoe box lids. If you want, you can first line your lids with colored construction paper.

Cut out a 12 x 3.5-inch rectangle of construction paper and fold it into a square shape to make the walls of a house. Before taping it together, draw on windows and doors, and each of you should write your name and address on your house.

Cut out the door so that it will fit over the cutout in the oatmeal lid. Fold another rectangle over the square to make a roof, and tape the roof and the base of the house together. Glue the house over the oatmeal lid, with the door lining up with the opening of the C.

Decorate the path to your house with markers. Draw driveways, trees, sidewalks, and people. To play the game, place three marbles in each shoe box lid. To start, both of you say, "Come on over to my house!" Each person races to get all their marbles into the house by moving their lid.

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