This activity I found on http://www.kidactivities.net/post/Random-Acts-of-Kindness.aspx. It is a visual demonstration on how important it is for us to use kind words. There is the saying, “Stick and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I find that statement the farthest from the truth. I want my kids to understand the gravity of their words and therefore learn to speak with kindness.
Get a tube of toothpaste for your kids. You can get them the small travel kind, but we had this very expired tube sitting around. We had a talk about the importance of words. I talked about how you can say something, but once it’s heard the bad effects have already started to take place. We talked about what nice words look like and how they make us feel. We also talked about how mean words might make us feel. By talking about how how they would feel, we can get to their hearts rather than just their behavior. Next, I told them to start squeezing the toothpaste out of the tube. Then, have them try to put it back in. I gave them toothpicks to help. They knew right away they couldn’t put it back, but I insisted they tried. Of course, this was a blast but unsuccessful. After that exercise, I talked to them about our words being similar. Once your words come out of our mouths, you cannot stop what has been heard, and it can have really hurtful effects on the people around you. You can ask for forgiveness, but those words can still have a lot of weight on people.
We concluded by coming up with some nice words to say to each other.