Teaching children to be sensitive to the hearts of others.

We all know that playing with play dough is fun, but when Mama joins in the fun, it is awesome. Play for a few moments with them and then begin to mold a huge red heart. Tell them that God gave us each a heart and that we are to be careful with people’s hearts. Now take one finger and smash it deep into the heart, then smash another finger in another place. Show them that the shape of the heart changed when people were not careful. Words aren’t just words; they are hurtful to people’s hearts. Also explain that many people have wounded hearts (not from us), but when we say loving things to them, it is like their hearts go back the way they were supposed to. Act this out a few times; then when your kids are having issues with unloving words, remind them of the red play dough heart.