Here are Sunday school activities to use with your older Sunday school students to help them deal with the issue of bullies. Just as Isaiah was afraid, our children are often afraid of the bullies in their school or neighborhood. This activity gives them understanding and ways of dealing with the problem. (Teacher words in bold.)
Sunday School Activities: Step by Step – Passing the Bully By
Give two children a bag of balled up pieces of newspaper. Squash each piece well to make a fairly hard ball. Have the kids help if you didn’t have time beforehand. Each should have about twenty “balls.” Those two children are the bullies.
Line all the other children up against one wall except the two with the balls. Their goal will be to run one at a time to the other wall without being hit by a “ball.” The two “fear kids” will be blindfolded in the center.
When you say “Go!” one child will try to run to the other side without being hit by any balls. He can go around one side or the other. He can run like mad or he can tiptoe. Have the assistant collect the balls each time and return them to the blindfolded children
Any child who gets hit by a ball has to stay to the left. Any child who doesn’t get hit gets to stay to the right.
After all have tried: Let’s look at the circumstances. Why are the two kids in the center blindfolded? What does that symbolize? Bullies are “blind.” Bullies do not have the light of God, at least while they’re bullying. They can stop us temporarily.
How did you feel was the best way to get past a bully? To run like mad and not care how much noise you made or to tread quietly? Let them talk about what was right for them. The right answer depends a lot on each child’s temperament.
Those who got caught, they represent how sometimes our fears can really stop us. What do we have to do next? Call upon God to help us.
Take the bags of balls away from the bullies. Take all the children who got tagged with a ball and lead them across the passage where they could have been tagged.
And what do we do with bullies? Do we forgive them? Yes. (Bring the bullies along to the winner’s wall also).
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