Stopping Bullying With Balloons

There are some bullying prevention ideas that are so much fun, I repeat them in my newsletters and blog every few years just to make sure new readers can join in on the fun, too.

This wonderful idea will only cost about eight cents a kid. How is that for affordable? I encountered this activity at a school in 2002. I had just finished presenting the Bully-Free Amazing Wonder Show. I then witnessed one of the most unusual bully prevention exercises I’ve ever seen.  

Hundreds of inflated balloons were brought on to the gym floor, until each kid was holding a balloon. Then the counselor instructed the children to put the balloon on the floor to symbolize “stomping out bullying” at their school. The kids complied and what followed was about 60 seconds of good, clean fun. (I don’t know why, but there is just something inherently funny and fun about 300+ kids stomping out balloons.)    

 Of course, there are safety concerns with several hundred kids trying to stomp anything, let alone bouncing balloons. If you should decide to do this, you do so at your own risk. But if safety is maintained and you make sure the kids realize you are stomping out “bullying” — an action, and not “bullies” — people, this could be a very, very fun and novel event for your school. 

jan2012.jpg“They were such nice students when they left for the winter break. What happened to them??!!

Average teacher marveling how all kids (especially bullies) seem to want to test boundaries when they return in January

For the past dozen years the months of September and October have been the busiest period for my Bully-Free Amazing Wonder Show assembly. The second busiest? January! It’s the time where educators every where realize…  

Bullying prevention is like bathing, just because you did it yesterday doesn’t mean you don’t have to do it today! 

And there’s no better way to jump start that “second bath” than hosting the Bully-Free Amazing Wonder Show assembly program.  Get on board with us for the winter of 2012! Call 1-800-732-7469 or fill out the form here to get all the details, including available dates and fees. 

Until next time, stay bully-free!

Chris Dixon

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