Use this experience to
help preteens understand the difference between positive and
negative peer pressure.
Form a circle with one preteen standing in the middle. Have
others in the circle say words that represent negative peer
pressure, such as bullying, alcohol, or lying. Each time someone
calls out a word, have everyone in the circle put pressure on the
preteen in the middle by taking a step closer to him or her.
To release the pressure, the preteen must shout back words that
represent positive peer pressure, such as kindness, compassion, or
friendliness. When the preteen shouts a word, everyone in the
circle must take a step back. Let kids take turns experiencing
being in the middle of the pressure circle.
Discuss how it felt to be pressured and what it’s like to
experience different kinds of pressure from friends at school. Read
aloud Matthew 5:14-16. Tell preteens God is always with them and
wants them to be a source of positive peer pressure in their
This article is excerpted from Children’s Ministry Magazine.
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