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This activity gives the children a chance to practice the assertiveness skills they used in Activity 4: The Courage Workout in a context that requires courage to act from conscience or knowing what is the right thing to do — even when they may feel scared. Instead of a lion, you will pretend to be a bully bothering someone on a path. The stuffed animal or doll, or another adult, should role play the target.
The bully can have a standard line to say such as, "Give me your lunch money or else," or "Your hair cut makes you look like a Martian." (Take care to pick something that will not personally offend anyone).
Invite the children to line up one behind the other at the other end of the path from where you will meet them each as the "bully" who is bothering a target (the stuffed animal, doll, or co-leader). Tell them, when it is their turn, they will step up and use the assertiveness skills they practiced in Activity 4: The Courage Workout. They may say "Quit it," "Stop it" or "That's not nice" to the bully. As the bully, allow their actions to stop your bullying.
If time allows you may wish to ask them to create another role play scenario. Here are two options you can introduce. For each, take the time to clarify as needed the complicated nature of courage.
You may wish to let the children come up with their own scenarios of social situations that they find frightening.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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