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If you’re wondering how to talk about bullying to kids, check out this anti-bullying craft. It’s a great ice breaker to get the conversation started. One of the first difficult conversations I had with my children was about bullying. I don’t know why some kids bully other kids. I don’t have all of the answers or solutions to eliminating this horrible problem. So, what I can share with you is how important talking to your child about bullying is.
How to Talk About Bullying to Kids
If you’re wondering how to talk about bullying to kids, ideally, you should talk to your child before they are bullied or before they bully someone else. Teach them to accept people even when they are different. Teach them to be kind and care about how other people feel. The most important thing is to simply get that conversation started. So, I know it’s not an easy subject to bring up. Believe me, it’s easier to discuss with them before the problem happens.
Both of my children were bullied at school. Both were just “different” enough from the other kids that they were picked on. My kids are adults now and bullying wasn’t really as common a topic as it is today. Now, October is National Bullying Prevention Month and there are assemblies and activities all over to encourage people to talk about this problem.
Anti Bullying Crafts
So, there are a lot of different types of anti-bullying crafts depending on how old your child is. I’ve broken them down by age group to make it easier for you to find them. And, you can scroll to the end to see the directions to my the anti-bullying craft that I made with my kids.
Anti bullying crafts for preschool
Bullying can be difficult for younger children to understand. Instead, focus on how your child can be a good friend. This Friendship Wreath by Preschool Playbook is an easy craft that even a very young child can do.
This Caring Chain is a wonderful visual that can be created by any child from preschool all the way up to teenagers. Get the simple directions here.
Anti bullying crafts for elementary school
This Say No To Bullying Ribbon by Our Family World is a simple craft that can be done very inexpensively. You should be able to find all of the materials at the dollar store if you don’t have them at home already.
Or, try this Wrinkled Heart Craft by Proud to be Primary. You’ll also find lots of information on how to teach your child empathy. That can be a tough lesson for younger kids to understand.
Looking for more resources on bullying? Check out bullying, differences and how you can help for a few more ideas.
- Tote bag
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Sharpies (I used Neon Sharpies)
- Stencils and white paper to draw stencils on
- Straight pins
- Using a stencil write out the words of your anti-bullying slogan
- Attach them to your tote bag with straight pins
- Place a piece of cardboard inside the tote bag so the Sharpies don’t bleed onto the other side.
- Using Sharpies draw small designs, circles, shapes, flowers, etc. Be careful not to get too close to your stencils.
- Using an eyedropper, drop little drops of isopropyl alcohol onto your marker design. Use the tip of the eyedropper to push the marker ink around to spread it.
- Allow the isopropyl alcohol to dry.
- Remove the stencils and draw your letters. Color them in.
- Let it dry completely before you use it. You can use whatever design you like for this anti bullying craft.
How to get help for bullying
So, when it comes to bullying, the most important thing that you can do is to talk to your child as early as possible. No parent wants to think that their child is a bully. But, someone is the parent of children who bully. And, if your child is being bullied, you need to speak to them about it so that they can get the help they need before it does lasting damage.
If you’re wondering who to call, check out this website for a helpful list of resources that will tell you who you can contact in your area to get help. Finally, choose one of these crafts to initiate a conversation with your child about bullying. It’s a great way to break the ice and get the conversation started.
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