Children lie for multiple reasons. They may want to avoid an unpleasant task, protect someone else, avoid punishment or impress other kids. Your child may also make up lies to support his imagination. While you can’t keep your child from lying, you can teach your child about its consequences with activities about lying.
The Lying King
Set at least two children near each other. Select one child to be the storyteller and another child to be the lying king. The storyteller tells a story that is either true or false. When the story is finished, the lying king roars if he thinks the story was false or says, “Nah” if he thinks the story is true. If the lying king is right, he gets a point. If he is wrong, the storyteller gets a point. Assign the roles of the lying king and storyteller to different children. Continue until one child has three points.
Put a face on lying. Cut a face with eye, mouth and nose holes out of construction paper. Glue a tongue depressor to the bottom back side of the mask. Use the tongue depressor to hold the mask to your face. Repeat the process to create another mask. Have her decorate one mask depicting how other people look when she lies and another mask depicting how she looks when other people lie to her. Discuss how she looks when she is lied to and how other people look when she lies to them to give her guidance in drawing the faces.
The Button Game
Have three or more children sit in a circle on the floor with their hands cupped in front of them and their eyes closed. Tap one of the children on the shoulder to have him open his eyes. Give that child a button. Turn around, close your eyes and count to 15. During that time the child will place the button in another child's hands and return to his seat. When the 15 seconds is up say, "Button, button. Who has the button?" All of the children can open their eyes. Ask each child individually if he has the button. Some of the children may have a hard time telling the truth. Discuss why it's important to always tell the truth.
The Honesty Train
Print off and cut out an image of a train with multiple cars. Write one letter from the word "honesty" on each car and a principle of honesty, such as "Respect others' property" or "Never cheat." Put the cars in order to spell "honesty," pausing with each car to explain a scenario where you have upheld that car's principle of honesty. After you discuss your scenario related to each car's principle of honesty, go around the room and have each student discuss a situation where she upheld that same principle of honesty.
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