Teasing Is Tough

Help children cope with teasing.

  • Target Age:  3-5 
  • Learning Goals:  creative thinking & problem solving skills, life skills, social & emotional development
  • Related Episode: Draw!


  • crayons
  • markers
  • paper
  • paper circles


Get your children to talk about how it feels to be teased. Work together to create coping strategies.

  1. Make faces: Give each child two paper circles and a crayon. Demonstrate how to draw a happy face on one circle, and an angry face on the other.
  1. React: Each time you describe a situation, ask children to hold up the appropriate face to show how they would feel. Here are some examples:
    • How would you feel if your best friend invited you to a party?
    • How would you feel if no one would let you use the swing?
    • How would you feel if you and your friends built a beautiful sandcastle together?
    • How would you feel if some kids started teasing you by saying you were a baby?
  1. Brainstorm: Ask: What can you do or say when someone teases you? Write down children's ideas on paper. After gathering suggestions, you may want to simplify ideas into a three-step approach. For example: 
    • Say: Please stop it. I don't like it.
    • Say: I'm going to tell a teacher/parent.
    • Tell the teacher/parent.

Talk About It

Explain that being teased can be a fairly common experience. Ask your children to talk about a time when someone might have teased them. Ask: How did it make you feel? How did you react? Can you think of another way you could have handled the situation?

Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1.

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