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Good-Bye Bully Machine Card Game
Reach And Teach says:
We've been looking for an interactive way of helping kids deal with bullying and Free Spirit has once again come up to the plate and hit a home run. This is a fantastic game, well designed, realistic, engaging, and effective, in which two or more kids can work together to take apart the bully machine. A mom just left our shop, sad that despite resources like this being available, she can't get her local school administrator to do anything about bullying. "If it takes classroom time, we can't afford to do it. We've got tests to prepare for."
Sad. Children are dying every week because of bullying. Thousands suffer at the hands of bullies every single day. And, dear school administrator who only worries about test scores, frightened and miserable children don't tend to score well on those tests. Environments where kids are mistreated every day are not conducive to learning.
But, for those individuals and schools that do want to tackle this issue, and every school should, this is a great tool. If you're reading this description, it is because you want to do something about bullying. We recommend this game as an important resource.
About the Game:
This anti-bullying game allows players to take turns breaking down the Bully Machine, piece by piece. As players draw cards, they discuss what they’d do in bullying situations, are asked to talk about conflict resolution skills, compliment other players, and practice empathy. Each time a player gives a response, he or she gets to take away one piece of the Bully Machine from the game board. Watch out, though: someone might draw a Mean Moment card, which will suggest that a player has done something mean to help build up the Bully Machine. Then the player has to replace one Machine Card. When the machine is totally dismantled, everyone wins.
A fold-out insert includes game directions, information about bullying, and guidelines to stop bullying.
- Great for working one-on-one with students or in groups
- Students can also play the game independently
- Appropriate for both kids and teens
- Bonus anti-bullying information for adults and young people
- Fun, easy tool to engage young people in bullying discussions
- 60 cards
- 3" x 4½"
- Ages 8 and up
- Developed by Debbie Fox and Allan L. Beane, Ph.D.