How to Teach Character Traits to Children In One Simple Lesson

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ONE SIMPLE LESSON

This Realm of Halloween Activity Pages Lesson is intended to be a simple activity for you and your child!  It can be used year after year and easily modified to suit any age group or intended message–and guess what???  It's all FREE!!! You do not need to own the Pumpkin Spice Book, or even the heirloom doll to complete this activity, however, if you do own those items, feel free to include those in your teaching methods, as anything tangible that a child can feel, see, and hold further helps add magic to the experience.    

THE BEST TEACHING METHOD: TELLING YOUR OWN STORY

It doesn't have to be difficult to teach our children about character.  In fact, teaching character is less about instruction and more about repeated exposure to our own stories and experiences that teach real-life lessons.   The more we expose our children to the moral messages we have learned in life, the more opportunities we will have to share life lessons that will be unforgettable and meaningful.  So remember to have fun with this lesson, but most of all, remember to tell your own story!

PUMPKIN SPICE ACTIVITY PAGE #1: From the Inside Out

This is an activity page and lesson from the Realm of Halloween children's book series, and it is a FREE PDF DOWNLOAD for parents, grandparents, teachers, and counselors using the story of Pumpkin Spice.  Realm of Halloween is a magical children’s book series and doll collection that inspires character-building traits in children.  We are excited for you to experience the magic of Halloween through Realm of Halloween and its characters!

ABOUT THE LESSON

In this lesson, the child will learn what internal qualities are, where they come from, and what these internal traits might feel like.  A video version of the children’s book can be used to teach this lesson found at the link below.  You can also download a PDF copy of this lesson for FREE below. 

FREE VIDEO VERSION OF PUMPKIN SPICE 

To Watch the Free Video Version of Pumpkin Spice and include the story in your lesson CLICK HERE TO WATCH:  

SUPPLIES YOU WILL NEED: 

  • White Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Glue
  • Brass paper fasteners
  • Velcro adhesive dots, or magnets

Instructions for the Activity:

  1. Read Pumpkin Spice aloud, or watch the Pumpkin Spice Online Video Version (See attached Link).
  2. Print out Pumpkin Spice body and clothing on white card stock.
  3. Color Pumpkin Spice's body and clothing. Then cut the body and clothes out.
  4. Finally, glue the leaf to the head, and the heart vest to the chest. Only apply glue around the edges as shown, forming a pocket.

 A FEW MORE STEPS...

5. Attach the legs and arms using brass paper fasteners.

6. Then, on your "Character Word Sheet" color the word blocks, and cut them out.

7. Now it is time to discuss the character traits listed on the word blocks. First, ask the question, " What is an internal quality or character trait?" Then, explain how our internal qualities and character traits can "shine" from the inside out.

8. Now discuss the meaning of each quality/character trait word block. As you discuss what each quality means, drop the words inside of Pumpkin Spice. Use the blank word blocks to add additional qualities.

9. Give examples of times when you have felt these qualities, and what it the qualities might feel like. Use the "Helpful Definitions" section to further explain these character traits.

10. Finally, Apply velcro circles to the body and the back of the clothing. Then, put the clothing on Pumpkin Spice.

11. Finish the lesson by reiterating that these feelings come from the inside, but when we feel them, others can also "see" them on the outside.

Additional Instruction Resources and Opportunities:

  • Come up with your own internal qualities that you want to teach. Write the character traits on the blank word blocks, and add them to the "inside" of Pumpkin Spice.
  • Save your Pumpkin Spice Body for Pumpkin Spice Activity Page 2 on textures, as well as the Grand Finale Lesson.
  • To Watch the Free Video Book Version of Pumpkin Spice visit www.RealmofHalloween.com

Helpful Definitions:

Qualities: a distinguishing internal characteristic possessed by someone Characteristics: a special feature belonging to a person that helps to identify them Resilient: a person who is able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult situations Fortitude: courage in pain or through adversity Discipline: the ability to train oneself to do something in a controlled or habitual way Honorable: the act of being honest, ethical, principled, moral, or righteous. Bold: showing the ability to take risks in difficult situations Proud: showing consciousness or satisfaction for effort achieved. 

 

Download your free PDF Lesson here: 

 

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