LifeSkills Handbooks Activity 39

This is a single activity session plan from The Lifeskills Handbook. There are 61 activity sessions in this book and this is Activity 39. The book is available from our resources section where you’ll also find downloadable storybooks, booklets and posters to help you in your work.

LifeSkills Handbooks Activity 39 – What Makes Me Angry?

Purpose of Activity: To help children understand how anger begins.

Life Skills: Self-awareness, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Coping with Stress & Emotion, Communication, Interpersonal Relationships.

Important Points

What makes people angry differs from person to person. People need to understand what makes them angry so they can learn to control their anger.


  • Large sheets of paper
  • Marker pens or crayons


  1. Divide group into groups of five or six.
  2. Ask each group to sit in a circle. Begin the activity by saying the phrase. ‘Mr Nje gets angry when someone calls him stupid names.’ Ask one child in the circle to repeat this phrase and add another reason why Mr Nje asks angry. The next child in the circle repeats these two and adds another and so on until all the children in the circle have added a reason. (This is an adaptation of a memory game!).
  3. Other ‘anger’ ideas are:
    • when someone shouts at him
    • when someone steals something from him
    • when people ignore him
    • when someone pushes into him
    • when he is hungry and has no money for food
  4. Ask children to think back to the last time they got angry. In pairs, ask them to describe this to a friend without saying names and without saying what happened when they got angry, like this: I got angry yesterday when someone pointed at me and laughed at my clothes.
  5. Ask each child to describe their partner’s reason for getting angry. Write these on a flip chart. If an idea is repeated, do not write it twice but put a tick next to the first reason.
  6. Ask children to think of the two reasons that that made them the angriest. Each child comes up to the list and (with the help of the educator if necessary), places a tick beside each of their two top reasons.

Final Discussion:

Is there anyone that does not ask angry? Can you solve problems well when you are angry? What is good about being angry? What is bad about it?

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