Teaching Kids about Anger
Using the fun game "Wink Murder" to teach children about anger. Different rounds (variations) of the game can be played.
Round #1: One murderer and one detective
Now have all the children bow their heads and close their eyes. Move around the children and tap one child on his head and another child on his shoulder. Tells everyone to open their eyes then explain that you have tapped two children but they are not to identify themselves. Also explain the following:
The murderer is to stab as many people as possible by winking when somebody looks them in the eye without being caught. Children who are not the murderer are not allowed to wink.
If someone winks at you, you are to continue walking, count silently to 5 then scream in pain and die ... fall to the ground. After that, move to the side of the room as game continues.
The detective is to observe everyone else's actions and see if he can find out who the murderer is before the next person is killed. But if the murderer winked at the detective, the latter will also be killed.
When the detective thinks he knows who the murderer is then he can accuse the person at any time. The detective has only three chances to guess correctly who the murderer is. But now the detective is in grave danger because the murderer knows who the detective is!
The game ends when the detective guesses the murderer correctly or when the detective is killed.
Round #2: One murderer and two detectives
Repeat the procedure for choosing murderer and detective but for this round, choose one murderer and two detectives. In this round, if a detective guesses incorrectly as to who the murderer is, the former is automatically killed.
The game ends when the murderer is identified or when both detectives are killed.
Round #3: Three murderers and two detectives
As in Round #2 but have more murderers. A guide would be one murderer for every seven children.
The game ends when all the murderers are identified or when both detectives are killed.
Round #4: One murderer and the rest are detectives
If a child wants to guess they must say "I suspect" without naming the suspect. The game pauses and a second child must say "I second it" without naming the suspect. Both accusers are forbidden from communicating their thoughts on who the murderer might be.
On cue, both of these children must simultaneously point to their suspect; if they are both pointing to the same child who admits to being the murderer, the game ends. Otherwise (if they are pointing to different children or to an innocent child) both accusers are killed and game continues.
Teaching Point – Read Matthew 5:21-22
Sometimes, when we are angry at someone, we give a nasty glare as if we want to kill that person. Anger in the heart brings forth sinful actions like insults and name calling. Like murder, anger brings God's judgment.
Ask the following questions and interact with the children: