Words Can Make Change

Preschooler at home reading a book and reflecting with mother

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to develop increasing care for self, others, and the environment.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Writing materials

Participants: This activity is intended for adult/child interaction.


  1. Read the story “As Fast as Words Could Fly” by Pamela M. Tuck and Eric Velasquez or watch the video recording by Dulé Hill.
  2. Talk with your child about the story. Have they ever experienced something they felt was unfair? Have they ever seen anything unfair happen to others? What happened? What did they do? Point out that Mason Steele and his father used letters and the power of their words to make a change. When we see something unfair, words are one way we can make a change too.
  3. Help your child write or draw a note about something they’d like to change. It might be something as simple as staying up later or getting a pet. Older children might be interested in writing letters to organizations, companies, or government leaders. It’s also a good idea to write thank you notes when people are doing the right thing.

Learn More: Visit Doing Good Together to find more ideas on understanding and eliminating discrimination.

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Preschooler at home reading a book and reflecting with mother