Use the book Chrysanthemum to teach the kids about the impact of unkind words on our hearts. Each time you hear someone in the story say something unkind or hurtful, crumple the paper heart to show what hurtful words do to our hearts. Talk about how even if we try to "smooth" out the heart, the scars will always be there.
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Chrysanthemum activity: Crinkle the heart every time she's teased and smooth it out when someone tries to make her feel better. Put: "Before you speak, think and be smart. It's hard to fix a wrinkled heart." on the heart with kids' names on bandaids at the end of the story.