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Do you have a best friend?
Whether you have a best friend or not, what do you think a best friend should be like? Example answers: trustworthy, kind, fun, listen to others, sharing, reliable, honest.
Not everyone has a best friend but Kaito did and Kaito’s best friend was called Kuto. Kaito and Kuto loved to play together, their favourite hobby was bubble bouncing. At playtimes they would rush out to the bubble bouncing machine and bounce high up into the sky on the huge, soft sparking bubbles. Their goal was to be able to bounce all of the way up to the cotton wool clouds above. The pair had heard whispers in the playground that the upper level of the clouds were like something from a dream. Unfortunately they had only once managed to bounce high enough to even catch a glimpse of the clouds and so the wonderful world of the upper clouds remained a mystery to them. It was strange because as magnificent as the bubble bouncing machine was Kaito did not enjoy playing with it as much when Kuto was not there. In fact Kaito felt very lost when she was not with her best friend.
What is your favourite game that you like to play with your friends?
But today Kuto was there, and Kaito and Kuto were bouncing high up in the air on perhaps the largest bubbles they had ever made. Kuto giggled as she popped a rainbow tinted bubble, the pair joyfully fell down towards the safety of another soft spongy bubble of fun. Kaito heard a giggling from down below. “Wow that looks amazing,” exclaimed an unfamiliar voice. “Who’s that?” questioned Kaito.
“I don’t know,” replied Kuto as she peered down through the bubble towards the figure below. Kaito sunk her teeth into the bubble and with a pop the pair tumbled down and landed on the jelly like floor of the playground. The figure began to bounce and wobble as the shock wave of Kaito and Kuto’s fall passed through the bright green jellified ground. The figure giggled again, “such fun” she declared trying to contain her laughter. Kuto beamed, “come and have a go, it is as fun as it looks.”
“In my last school we just had a slide and a climbing frame,” remarked the figure in disbelief.
“It’s not like that here,” smiled Kuto. “You can climb as high as you like, you can get up into the clouds if you’re a good enough climber,” boasted Kuto, “I’ve heard that some of the older children can do it.”
“What if you fall?” questioned the figure rather timidly. Kuto laughed, “you really aren’t from around here are you. The jelly tarmac will cushion your fall, its one hundred times softer than the softest duvet,” added Kuto. Kaito interrupted looking a little displeased from the loss of attention going her way. “The air here is thicker too,” she snapped, “falling is a little like diving through water.” The figures’ eyes widened and she began to fizz with excitement “unbelievable,” she gasped. Kuto smiled, “what’s your name?” she questioned.
“Arwa,” replied the girl, “can I play too?” she added.
“Of course,” smiled Kuto “come and join us.” She took hold of Arwa’s hand and hoisted her up on to a shimmering, bouncing bubble. Kaito did not look so sure about it all. Happily Kuto and Arwa bounced higher and higher into the air until their laughing voices seemed far and distant. Kaito grumbled to herself and hurriedly hopped onto a huge bubble to try to catch up.
The next few days were strange for Kaito. Wherever Kuto was so was Arwa. “It’s great having another friend smiled Kuto.”
“Yes brilliant,” answered Kaito rather miserably, but Kuto was having too much fun to notice the displeased tone of Kaito’s voice.
Why was Kaito feeling sad? Example answer: Kaito was not getting as much attention from Kuto as she used to. Kaito was jealous of Kuto’s friendship with Arwa.
What was worse for Kaito was that after years of Kaito and Kuto trying and dreaming they had finally bounced up into the lower cloud zone of the playground and this all just happened to occur in the week that Arwa had arrived. They were now so close to Kaito and Kuto’s dream of finding out what lay above the playground. The three of them bobbed and bounced among the cotton wool clouds. Kuto and Arwa were delighted. However Kaito was not as pleased to be sharing her dream with Arwa, it was as if Kaito didn’t notice the fun of the mint marshmallow like clouds. “Look at this,” shouted Arwa as she gathered up a cloud into a parachute shape and floated back down to the ground. Kaito could hear her giggling as she floated away into the distance. “Come on Kuto,” encouraged Kaito “let’s see if we can bounce up higher.”
“Let’s see if we can parachute down and catch up with Arwa,” smiled Kuto. She gathered up some cotton wool cloud and elegantly dived from the edge. “Come onnnnnnn she called,” as she slowly drifted through the air. Kaito did not go. She slumped down on the soft surface of the cloud feeling utterly miserable.
How could Kaito make herself feel better? Example answer: Kaito could join in with the fun and give the new dynamic in their friendship a chance.
“Why did Arwa ever have to come along?” complained Kaito to herself. “Now Kuto and Arwa are best friends and I’m just an extra.”
“Don’t be so silly,” came a voice from above. With a pop and a whisp a head appeared through the mint cotton wool cloud. It was Kora, one of the older children at school. “How long have you been up there?” asked a surprised Kaito.
“All of playtime,” replied Kora, she gave a warm smile. “My class mates and I always come up here to play cloud ball.”
“What’s that?” inquired Kaito. I’ll tell you in a while when you have stopped being such a misery guts, she replied. Kaito couldn’t believe that someone as cool as Kora was actually taking the time to talk to her!
“Now,” Kora began “... I saw you earlier looking all grumpy just because Arwa has come along. I see lots of interesting things while I play up here. Am I right about Arwa?” she questioned.
“Yes,” replied Kaito reluctantly.
“You know I used to be a bit like you,” said Kora “I had a best friend who was the only person that I would ever play with, I was very possessive of my friend but as I got older I realised that it was good to have lots of friends. Many games are much more fun when there are more than two of you. In fact come up here and I’ll show you.”
“Really! Kaito replied in a shaky voice. “You wouldn’t believe how long Kuto and I have dreamt about playing up there.”
Have you ever seen someone looking like they are being left out of a game or friendship?
(There is no need for verbal answers, the children can just think about this).
“Well come on then,” encouraged an excited Kora. With all her force Kaito jumped up to reach Kora’s hand but however hard she tried she sunk into the soft cotton wool cloud below her feet. “Come down here and help me,” pleaded Kaito in desperation. She was so close to reaching the top of the clouds. “Ok,” replied Kora cheerfully. Kora slipped down through the light green cloud and landed with a puff next to Kora. “Here stand on my shoulders,” instructed Kora. Kaito carefully climbed up onto Kora’s shoulders but as she nervously put her weight onto Kora they both began to sink further and further into the thick cloud below. “How in the world did you ever get up there?” puffed Kaito. Kora smiled a friendly smile.
“It takes three,” she chuckled. Kora called for her friend Woot who quickly popped his hand through the cloud. Kaito could just reach Woot’s white waving hand above her head and she grabbed on tight. “Now grab my hand as he pulls,” called Kora from below. Kaito stretched downward with her other hand and Kora held on to the sweating palm that greeted her. And so they were pulled through the thick water like air up into the clouds. Kaito gasped with excitement as she saw the delights of the upper cloud, the children had crafted a gigantic cloud playground. There were climbing towers that disappeared into the sky, aerial assault courses of ropes and trapezes and what seemed like an endless zip wire all made from the soft spongy cloud. Kaito turned to Kora and thanked her for showing her the magical cloud playground. “I must share this with Kuto and Arwa,” whispered Kaito as began to climb down through the soft minty cloud. Kaito called back up to Kora, “by the way, I do get it... sometimes it is good to have more than one friend! Without the two of you I may never have seen the cloud playground,” she declared.
And so hurriedly Kaito descended from the clouds and caught up with Kuto and Arwa. Kaito smiled and quietly joined in with their game and that was all it took, soon they were all giggling and having fun together.
How else could you get help if you felt left out at school? Example answers : Talk to a teacher or teaching assistant, talk to parents or carers, talk to a friend or talk to reliable older children.
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