Sunderland youngsters learn importance of friendship

Finlay Davison (3) & Joseph Matterson (2) at the Friendship Station
Finlay Davison (3) & Joseph Matterson (2) at the Friendship Station
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The importance of friendship was taken on board by Wearside youngsters during a special event inspired by Disney on Ice.

Pupils from Kids 1st nursery in Ashbrooke, Sunderland, took part in a friendship workshop with the chance to win tickets to see the Disney On Ice presents Frozen show.

Friendships provide children with more than just fun play mates, it also helps children develop emotionally and morally

Carole Hewison

The day included youngsters taking part in a variety of activities, including a Friendship Train and creating Friendship hand prints to represent leaves on a Friendship Tree.

The workshop was created and delivered by education advice service First and Foremost. Project leader Carole Hewison said: “Friends are vital to Preschool children’s healthy development. Friendships provide children with more than just fun play mates, it also helps children develop emotionally and morally. In interacting with friends, children learn a lot of social skills, such as how to communicate, cooperate, and solve problems.

“Children tend to have better attitudes about school and learning when they have friends to share it with. Using storytelling, like Frozen, can help kids to learn these values in a really relatable way.”

Children unveiled the first of 13 Friendship Stations, areas where children can sit and bond together, sponsored by Disney On Ice, that will be rolled out at Kids 1st nurseries throughout the North East.

Kelly Walsh Senior Area Manager, at Kids 1st, said: “The children and staff have had a fantastic time, and we are very grateful to Disney On Ice for donating special Friendship Stations that will last throughout our children’s pre-school journeys here at Kids 1st. We’re all very much looking forward to seeing the ice spectacular when it arrives in Newcastle in October.”

Steven Armstrong, Europe North Vice President for Feld Entertainment, producers of Disney On Ice, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to join forces with Kids 1st to highlight the values of love and friendship between young friends. It looks like a great day was had by all, and we look forward to welcoming our young fans this month when Disney On Ice presents Frozen arrives in the North East.”

Disney On Ice presents Frozen is on at the Metro Radio Arena from October 18.