Big Buddy Little Buddy Activities | Learning Buddies

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My K class loved participating in these activities with their Grade 7 buddies. I love that there was very little prep for me and my co-teacher to do ahead of time. Thank you!
It was nice not to have to create this myself. I picked and chose what I wanted to use. Great first meeting activity.


The Learning Buddy Starter Pack contains activities for Big and Little Buddies, along with organizers for getting started! Inspired by the popularity of Reading Buddy Activities (formerly The Reading Buddy Starter Pack), this pack is great for Math Buddies, Tech Buddies, DPA / P.E. Buddies, etc.

Here is what is included so far:

Prep and Organization for Teachers & Big Buddies to Get Started

  • What Learning Buddies Do, a full-color storybook lesson that can be used as posters to reinforce positive expectations for Learning Buddy time (plus a line art version for coloring)
  • Smartboard summary of storybook lesson and activities included in the pack
  • The Learning Buddy Code of Honor for Big Buddies
  • Conversation tips for Big Buddies
  • Blank Learning Buddy pair-up list (non-editable PDF)
  • Learning Buddies information sheet 
  • Tips for Big Buddies to help Little Buddies with technology
  • Tech tickets for usernames and passwords

Get to Know You Activities

  • Fun and simple Learning Buddies get-to-know you activity, with 5 versions of Melonheadz 'Create-a-Kid' line drawings (great for display, modeled after the one in the popular Reading Buddy Activities pack)
  • Learning Buddies notebook cover
  • Back-to-school classroom tour, school tour no-prep printables to facilitate discussion of important safety routines related to each space

Learning Activities

  • Real-life shapes scavenger hunt no-prep printable
  • Measuring length with non-standard units no-prep printables

Games for Buddies - NEW UPDATE!

  • Games for Buddies to make and play together! Open-ended materials to adapt to many learning goals.
  • 2 game boards
  • Picture game pieces
  • Action cards
  • Dice tracers

Seasonal Activities and Special Occasions

  • “Happy Birthday Buddy” cards (tech, basketball themes) 
  • Post-Halloween treat data management activity (sorting, bar graph)
  • No-prep, printable, holiday-themed buddy cards (various winter holidays)
  • Valentine’s Day symmetry activity with heart / snowperson
  • “Happy Valentine's Day” cards (Learning / Tech / DPA Buddy versions)

Read about The Benefits of a Reading Buddies Program here, and click here for Tips for starting a Reading Buddies (or Learning Buddies) Program in your classroom!


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Perfect for us to help our students get to know their buddies in the other classroom!” -Shirlie Y.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Great packet to use with kindergarten and grade 6 buddies! Thank you!” -Bree C. 

Thank you in advance, to those of you who generously take the time to leave feedback here. (And give yourself a little pat on the back, too - you will have just topped up your TpT credit balance!)

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