Paper scrunch

Goals of the exercise: To help participants understand the harmful effects of bullying.
Age of the participants: 10+
Number of participants: any
Duration of the exercise: 15 minutes
Materials: Felt pens, pieces of paper

Step by step

  1. Have each participant draw a quick picture of themselves on a piece of paper.
  2. Ask participants to swap their picture with another participant.
  3. Have participants crumple up the picture they have been given.
  4. Pretend that you have made a mistake and ask participants to straighten each piece of paper and get rid of the creases.
  5. Their piece of paper will still have creases in it. This represents what bullying does to someone.


  1. What do you think about this game?
  2. What is the meaning behind it? How can we connect it with bullying?
  3. Talk about how bullying can affect people – you can’t undo bullying, and saying sorry won’t remove the impact of the bullying behavior

Authorship/adaptation or source: BullyingFree NZ Week 2018 Activity Pack

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