- Understand how different words feel differently when spoken.
- Understand the effect of hurtful words as leaving a mark on the heart.
- Understand how to show goodness by using words correctly.
1. Have the children feel a piece of sandpaper and gently rub it over their arms. Talk about how it feels rough and hurts.
2. Have the children feel some cotton wool and talk about how it feels soft and gentle.
3. Discuss how different words feel differently when spoken. Some words feel rough and hurt the heart and others are soft and kind.
4. Use a large paper heart and ask for examples of 'sandpaper' words or phrases that make you feel sad. For each suggestion make a fold in the heart. Children can also do this on their own individual paper hearts or pass the heart around a circle and let each child have a turn.
5. Then talk about and have the children share 'cotton wool' words that make them feel good. For each response open back each fold.
Ask the children how the heart looks. Discuss the effects that hurtful behaviour can have on someone's heart as the wrinkles never come out completely.
Before we speak we must think and be smart. It's hard to fix a wrinkled heart.