The Preschool children at The Court House did a very fun educational activity last week explaining the importance of using kind words and gestures. We also discussed the affect bullying can have on someone. Here is an explanation of the activity:
“We had two apples, One apple was known as ‘the good apple’ and the other was known as ‘the bad apple’ (which was previously dropped prior the experiment). Jayde asked the children to describe the two apples. The children recognised the minor differences between the apples, but both apples are identical. They wouldn’t had noticed that one apple had been dropped, because the bruising happens beneath the surface of the apple skin.
Jayde announced how much she disliked ‘the bad apple’. She called the apple a bad name and dropped the apple on the floor. Jayde explained to the children this is a bad apple. Jayde then encouraged each child to say something not very nice to the apple and dropped the apple on the floor. ‘the bad apple’ went around the group and each child said a bad name then dropped the apple on the floor.
Then we gave ‘the good apple’ compliments and a hug. Jayde explained to the children this is a good apple and everyone should treat the apple with care and respect because we like the good apple. Jayde encouraged the children to say something nice to the apple and give the apple either a hug or a kiss to show our care for the apple.
Jayde then asked the children again if they can describe ‘the good apple’ and ‘the bad apple’. The children recognised the minor differences but they knew the apple were the exact same as the other apple.
Jayde then cut ‘the good apple’ open and held the apple so the children can see the inside of the apple. The children noticed the apple was nice and juicy. But when ‘the bad apple’ was cut open and held up the children noticed the apple look bruised, brown and dark. We discussed the differences between the apples and the way the apples may have felt. We discussed ‘the bad apple’ felt very sad and ‘the good apple’ felt happy and excited.
Jackie then spoke about the resemblance between the apples and individuals. Jackie spoke about the importance of using kind words and gestures and how this make individuals feel. Jackie explained to the children both ‘the bad apple’ and ‘the good apple’ were identical although we dropped the apple and used unkind words the damage was not visible from the outside but we noticed the damage from the inside. We then encouraged the children to re-evaluate the activity and discuss how they feel about the activity.