Activity time: 10 minutes

Preparation for Activity

  • Clear an open space for children to move around freely and safely.

Description of Activity

Participants will act out expressions of anger. Invite participants to mingle in the open space and show anger to at least three other people, without touching anyone else and without making noise with their mouths. Tell them they may make faces, stomp their feet, and even exaggerate their movements. Model what being angry can look like.

Give the participants a few minutes to do this. Then ask everyone to stop and sit. Briefly ask the children how it felt to see all these angry faces, and how it felt to make themselves look angry. Then, begin a discussion about why we get angry sometimes. Ask the group to call out some reasons they get angry. Ask some of these questions:

  • What was it like when you felt angry?
  • How long do you remember staying angry?
  • What are some ways we can work through anger, so we can let ourselves feel angry then move on?
  • Why do you think holding onto anger for a long time is not helpful?

Affirm that when things are unfair, or hurtful, or wrong, it is appropriate to feel angry. Say, in your own words:

Our anger is a normal feeling. But, it becomes destructive when we hold onto it too long. It is important to understand why we are angry and then work through it so it does not stay with us for a long time.

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

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