Try these fun character education activities to teach children good character traits like honesty, respect, and responsibility. Use a book, worksheet, poster, coloring page-- or put them together for a comprehensive lesson on building good character.
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These books for kids will capture kids' attention as they learn a lesson in honesty, caring, perseverance and more good traits. The heartwarming tales feature real character building situations that kids can relate to. Stunning illustrations help children feel the emotions that enable them to link how making good choices feels better than making choices they know are wrong. These character trait books are available in print, or as ebooks that you ca read along or display on a whiteboard.
Worksheets and PowerPoints
These free character education worksheets and PowerPoint presentations make great activities for building character. Each worksheet covers many aspects about the character trait. For example, the honesty worksheet covers much more than "not lying" with examples about acting truthfully, lies of omission, and pointing false blame. Try the PowerPoint presentations as well for an interactive activity. These worksheets are free to print for use at home or in the classroom.
Positive Quotes about Character
Need the perfect quote to remind kids about good traits? Add these printable and sharable quotes to your character education activity. With bright graphics and clear messages about good character, your message about good character will stay top of mind, even after the activity is over. Written for a young audience, these quotes take complex ideas and break them down into snippets kids can understand.
Character Education Lesson Plans
The fastest route to a character education activity is through these free printable character building lesson plans. These activities are ready to print-and-go with links to materials, step-by-step instructions, and they are tied to core curriculum objectives. Find lessons that bring together multiple concepts including honesty, respect, responsibility, caring, perseverance, conscience and more.
Print a coloring page that features vibrant graphics and fun quotes about good character traits. These coloring pages complement our other character education activities, or they are a great first step for younger students who are just starting to learn about building good character.
Motivate children to stay on the path to good character with these bright, printable posters. They are a great character education bulletin board idea, and they work equally well hanging on the fridge at home. If you use our other books and worksheets for an activity, you'll find similar themes and images to reinforce the character building lesson on these posters.
Definitions of Character Traits
Any character education activity will include an explanation of what the character trait is. If you need ideas on how to explain complex ideas about character to kids, try these definitions of character traits that kids will understand. These pages explain what honesty is, what respect is, and more. And they feature kid-oriented examples elementary aged children can relate to.
Songs, Videos, Lessons
Still don't see what you are looking for? Try our "best of" character education resources list. We searched tons of sites to find the best videos that demonstrate good character traits, songs about good traits, lessons about social skills and character traits that will help you integrate social emotional learning into your classroom.