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Addressing Violence Through the Golden Rule – This is a link with lots of excellent resources used in the 2013 NAEYC presentation regarding working with children affected by violence.

Bullies – Taking Down Goliath – “A four week series that equips preteens to deal with bullies from a Biblical perspective.  Can also be used with mid to upper Elementary students.

Bullying Resource List – from the Children Ministries division of the United Methodist GBOD (General Board of Discipleship)


Children’s Books about Bullying – from The Grown-Up’s Guide to the Best Children’s Books

Children’s Message about Bullying – for use in a children’s sermon time in worship


*Good Bird’s Club – A Sesame Street video and followup discussion/activities about bullying

Object Lessons

1.  A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bullies another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home.
2.  Toothpaste  – Ask for a strong person to volunteer for a dangerous mission.  When the volunteer comes to the front, ask him/her to squeeze a tube of toothpaste out on to a paper plate.  Encourage crowd to yell and cheer.  when the cheers die down, challenge the volunteer to do the most dangerous part of the mission: put all of the toothpaste back in the tube.Then say:

Words are like a tube of toothpaste. If used the right way, toothpaste helps clean our teeth and keep our mouth healthy. Words are the same way. If we use our words to cheer someone up and say nice, helpful things, our words can bring joy (health) to another person.

Sometimes we can get sloppy with our toothpaste. It can leak all over the cap and make an annoying mess. Same with our words. Sometimes we aren’t careful and little cut-downs or grumbling slip out of our mouth. When we’re sloppy with our words, we make little messes. We end up with bad moods and hurt feelings.

Now if you squeeze really hard on a tube of toothpaste, all the toothpaste comes squirting out. What a mess that makes! Our words can do the same thing. When you open your mouth and speak hurtful, mean things, you make a huge mess!  Have you ever tried shoving toothpaste back into the tube after it has been squirted out? You can’t, can you.  The same with your words. Once you say those hurtful things, you can’t take them back. Saying “sorry” or “I was just kidding,” doesn’t take the sting of those words away.  Long after you have forgotten what you’ve said, the person you talked mean to will remember it. You can’t take it back, just like you can’t put toothpaste back into the tube.

Posters for your classroom – Everyone loves freebies!

Teaching Students to Prevent Bullying – a plethora of games, activities, lesson plans and great ideas divided by grade level to teach about bullying from the National Education Association (NEA)


*Especially suited for preschool or younger students

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