I recently watched a preschool teacher deliver a message on “Words that Hurt.” The teacher creatively used a tube of toothpaste and a paper plate per student for this hands-on activity. I watched 12 small children eagerly squeeze the entire contents of a tube of toothpaste onto a paper plate, giggling as their plates filled up with minty fresh goo and their little hands became sticky disasters. Then they were asked to put the toothpaste back in the tube! Not only was the task frustrating to the students, but it was also obviously impossible to achieve.
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