The Thumball is a soft stuffed ball to throw, roll, or pass in a circle or randomly. Once a player catches it, he or she looks under his thumb and responds to the prompt. Kids absolutely love this interactive tool that will get them talking and sharing. Meanwhile, teachers and counselors will be encouraging the use of interpersonal skills including taking turns, making eye contact, listening, responding, valuing similarities and respecting individual differences.
Using this learning aid, players respond to prompts around the topic of bullying. Discussions may include what students can say to a bully, what it feels like to be bullied, what are the results of bullying and how bystanders help. This offers a fun way to discuss a serious topic that affects many students. This game can encourage students to talk openly about how bullying affects them and others at their school while encouraging victims of bullying to speak out and for bullies and bystanders to share their perspectives as well. Students are invited to share suggestions and ideas while other students learn to listen and respect the opinions of their peers.