In February, because of Valentine’s Day, we tend to think a lot about the people we love. This means that it is a great time for children to take time to appreciate their friends and reflect on what it means to be a good friend. To help with this, we’ve come up with a craft that allows children to think about the different traits they believe make up a good friend.

What You Need

  • ‘A Good Friend Is…’ cover, heart template, and step-by-step instructions (download here)
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Glue stick


  • Print the ‘A Good Friend Is…’ cover and heart template on cardstock paper.
  • Cut out a heart template. 


  • Color the cover and fold it in half so that “A Good Friend Is” is on the front.
  • Using the heart template, trace four hearts on the construction paper.
  • Cut out the hearts.
  • Fold each of the hearts in half.
  • Glue the hearts together by adding glue to one of the folded halves and attaching it to a half of another heart. Repeat this until all the hearts are glued together, creating a 3D heart.
  • Open the cover and glue the outside halves of the 3D heart along the center fold. 
  • Starting with the first heart, open the heart up and write your first ‘A Good Friend Is’ trait. Repeat until each heart has a word written on it. 

For this activity, it is important to help children think about traits beyond simply good, kind, and nice. To help with this, we've included a list of traits below to help get them started.

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