AN HONEST SPIN (Episode
Clifford breaks one of Daffodil's special toys. Will he decide
that he must tell her what he did or will he hide the fact that
he did it?
Idea to Grow On: Be Truthful
It's early in life that children learn about honesty. Communicating about choices, consequences, and honesty on a regular basis reinforces the important value of being truthful. The following activities nurture:
- language and literacy skills
- critical thinking and problem solving skills
Truth, Honesty, and Some Good Books!
Discuss why telling the truth is so important. Help your child create a simple list of "best reasons" for always being honest. Then cuddle up with these good books that reinforce the concept of honesty:
- Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big by Berkeley Breathed (Little Brown & Co.)
- The Honest-to-Goodness Truth by Patricia McKissack (Atheneum)
- My Big Lie by Bill Cosby (Cartwheel Books)
Fill several small bags with items like beans, noodles, buttons, pencils, paper clips, etc. Take turns with your child guessing what is in each sack by first describing the contents without saying what it is. If more hints are needed, then reaching down to feel inside the bag is allowed. Then combine all contents in one bag and take turns in identifying each item one by one before pulling them out one by one to see if your right!
"True" or "Not!"
With a Group:
Brainstorm with children to come up with some interesting true and not-so-true facts about themselves like what kind of pet they have, how old they are, what their favorite food or cartoon character is, etc. Allow children to take turns sharing their facts, "true" or "not" with the group. Encourage group to share responses by saying "true" or "not!"