Wrinkled Heart Classroom Activity

Wrinkled Heart Activity

Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

With National Day Against Bullying and Violence coming up on the 18th of March. It’s timely to reflect and spend some time focusing on the impacts bullying can have on a person. I found this wonderful idea off Encourage Play blog.

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Wrinkled Heart Activity

  • Provide every student with a coloured heart before watching the following YouTube clip. The YouTube clip features the story – Chrysanthemum!
  • Explain to your students that they will need to listen carefully.
  • When the characters in the story use mean words, they need to scrunch up their paper hearts.
  • Every time Chrysanthemum’s parents use kind words, students need to try and smooth out their paper hearts.

At the end of the story, have students smooth out the hearts as much as possible and try to fix any rips with sticky tape.

Compare a heart that hasn’t been wrinkled with the wrinkled hearts around the classroom.

Explain to your students that although saying sorry is the right thing to do, it still doesn’t fix the mean words that were said first! The students can smooth out their wrinkled paper hearts, but the feelings from the mean words are the wrinkles that will always be there!

Hang up the hearts in your classroom as a reminder to your students how their words can have a massive impact on their fellow classmates!

Let us know if you have used this activity in your classroom.

We would love to hear how it went!

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We are learning about empathy in my class of Year 3 students and Miss Twinkle definitely demonstrated this vital human characteristic.

Yvonne Greenway · Jul 27th, 2020

Thanks for sharing Yvonne!

Holly (Teach Starter) · Jul 28th, 2020

Absolutely loved this activity!!
I have a year 2 class and used this activity with them on National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence day 2018. My children really responded well to this activity. They all tried so hard to smooth out the wrinkles after and found they couldn’t. I explained that that’s what happened to our hearts when people say mean things to us. I even took it one step further and explained to them that every time they shouted out at me or were rude to me that they were wrinkling my heart. I said that we still needed to say sorry, however it cant fix our wrinkled hearts. We then displayed our hearts on our classroom door with the wrinkled heart heading on top. My children seemed to really take what I said to heart and made an effort to come and thank me for the activity.

Sarah · Mar 19th, 2018

Hi Sarah, thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad that your year 2 class enjoyed this activity and that your students took on the meaning of the activity.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Mar 19th, 2018

Absolutely loved this activity!! I have a year two class and the children really responded to it and we displayed our wrinkled hearts along with the Heading about the wrinkled hearts on our door. I even took it further by talking to the children about how they wrinkle each others hearts and my heart. I explained that every time they said something mean or unkind to one of their friends that they were wrinkling their hearts. also said that each time they called out at me or were rude to me, that they were wrinkling my heart. A very beautiful activity

Sarah · Mar 19th, 2018

Hi Sarah, thanks so much for sharing your experiences with this activity. I’m so glad that your students find this helpful!

Holly (Teach Starter) · Mar 22nd, 2018

I just used this with my year 5 class. They enjoyed doing the activity, and it really opened up their eyes to affect of name calling and bullying.

Christina Malouf · Feb 9th, 2018

Thanks so much for your comment Christina. So glad that your year 5 class enjoyed doing this great activity.

Holly (Teach Starter) · Feb 10th, 2018

I used this activity today (#NDA2017) with my grade 3 kids and it was a hit. It really hit home with a few of them that despite saying sorry or something nice in the future, it wouldn’t be rid of the wrinkles left behind. A number of others in the class are expecting new siblings this year and have vowed to ensure the beautiful unblemished hearts their brothers and sisters would be born with stayed that way.

Fran · Mar 17th, 2017

Thanks for such a lovely comment Fran! It is so nice to hear that this activity was well received by your class!
Kind regards,

Holly (Teach Starter) · Mar 27th, 2017

I used this activity on the National Day Against Bullying and it was a huge success!! A great visual for students to gain an understanding of bullying.

wendy holdsworth · Mar 17th, 2017

Thanks for your lovely comment Wendy. I am so glad that this activity helped your students to visualise and understand the impacts of bullying.
Kind regards,

Holly (Teach Starter) · Mar 20th, 2017

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