This morning I came across a group activity from Education World that I think could be adapted for the pre-kindergarten level.
This powerful activity illustrates how words can hurt — or heal.
There are areas that you would omit but for the most part I would use the discussion on how words can hurt others, how it is to be the new student or person in a group.
I found the use of making a construction paper siloutte of a classmate with no features that the children could address was effective for this activity. I believe that if tailored for younger children (ages 4-5) that it too can be effective as a tool for teaching children that words can hurt.
I would use some discretion for a pre-k group when using this activity based on the children’s understanding.