Making friends comes naturally to many children, but even young children may find forming friendships highly complex, overlaid with social rules and expectations imposed by adults and peers.
Mates Traits is a set of 32 colourful cards that describe some of the characteristics of real friendship. Using a delightful cartoon cast of Australian birds and animals, Mates Traits attempts to unlock the strengths, attributes and understandings that go into friendship-making.
Mates Traits can be used by people of all ages to open up conversations about relationships, social skills, communication, personalities and interests. It is also a unique resource for preventing bullying and overcoming the effects of bullying on children's social confidence.
This resource is designed for anyone concerned with the role that friendships play in maintaining good mental health and social well-being. It is also a must for the toolkits of primary teachers, chaplains and social welfare coordinators.
As of 2016, Mates Traits also comes with a free companion colouring book!