Free character educatuin activities on this page are designed to prompt kids to reflect on the type of person they want to be, while promoting a variety of positive character traits: Honesty, integrity, perseverance, love, trust, respect, leadership, and a strong moral center. Most are designed for kids in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school, but some can be adapted for teens in junior high or high school as well.
How Others See Me – A Language Group Activity (all ages)
This activity helps children to think about how they want others to think of them. Are they honest, smart, funny, or good at sports? It can be solo, or a group time activity.
Reasons for rules: A class discussion activity (grade school, jr. high and high school)
A character education activity designed to teach children about rules: The reasons we have them, who benefits, and whether it’s ever okay to break them.
Character Superheroes (Art/Creative/Writing)
Forget about superhuman strength and the ability to fly. Have your kids create superheroes based on admirable character traits, such as “Honesty Man,” or “Care-Woman.” Have them draw a picture of the superhero as they imagine them to be. Encourage kids to break from the mold of what the prototypical superhero might look like.
Then have them write/dictate a story about this superhero saving the day by utilizing this positive character trait. For older age groups, you can even have them create their own character-based comic books built around this character.
Virtuous People (Writing)
Grades 2 and up
Have children write about someone in their life who’s brave, dependable, caring, capable, hardworking, honest or trustworthy, while telling a story that serves as an example of this virtue. You can let kids pick their own character trait to write about, or assign a different trait on different days and have kids write about different people they know who excel at this trait.
Virtuous Posters (Art)
Pre-K to Grade 2
Gather some construction paper, pencils, glue, glitter, sequins, and paint or markers. Write different character traits on sample cards and set these out at a table. Have kids use the pencils and flashcards to copy a word onto their paper in big, fancy lettering. Once they have it just right, trace the lettering in glue and apply glitter and sequins to it. Then have them decorate the rest of the page using the paint or markers to create a unique poster. Kids may want to do more than one poster, so be sure to have plenty of paper.
Real Life Superheroes (Homework/Group)
Have kids search the Internet or look through newspapers to find inspirational stories that exhibit positive character traits, such as a person leaping into the water to rescue a drowning child (bravery), or a story about people feeding the poor (kindness & compassion). Once they have their story, clip it or print it, and have them create a short presentation to the class about why this story inspired them and what type of virtues it exhibits. Then have a discussion about these real life superheroes and how real heroes differ from the imaginary ones.