Hero Training! Kid’s Character Challenge – Week 8 – Truthful

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It’s the last week of Hero Training! Woo! What a blast! This week is all about being truthful. I don’t know about you, but in our family telling the truth is very serious business. K knows that lying will get him in big trouble, so it was great to use this time to dig a little deeper into why we always tell the truth.

If you haven’t read the introduction to the series yet, check it out here (it has all the instructions and info you’ll need).

Get past weeks here: week one (helpful)week two (self-controlled)week three (creative)week four (attentive)week five (diligent), week six (joyful), week seven (patient)

I hope you have fun doing the challenges and, don’t forget, if you’re joining in be sure to use the hashtag #herotrainingcc on instagram and twitter!

Lesson

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Hero Trait: Truthful

Definition: Always telling what actually happened.

Super we : Captain America (He seems like a pretty honest guy!)

Memory Verse: “So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.” (Ephesians 4:25)

Examples of Jesus Displaying this Trait:

  • Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6)
  • Jesus was honest with Peter when he called him out for speaking what was false. (Matthew 16:23)
  • Jesus was honest with the Pharisees (Matthew 23)

Discussion Questions:

  • What are some ways that Jesus was truthful?
  • Can you think of a time that you were truthful?
  • Can you think of a time when you weren’t truthful?
  • Why is it important to be truthful?

Notes:

  • We talk a lot about being truthful because it is very important in our house. Lying is something that will get you more in trouble than whatever the original infraction was.
  • We talked about how Jesus said he is the truth. We should want to tell the truth to be more like Jesus.
  • The other reason for telling the truth that we talked about is that when we lie, people can’t trust us anymore.
  • Every week we listen to the song “Jesus is my Superhero” to remember who is the best super hero of them all! We talk about how Jesus is the best hero because he saved us and about how he is the only one who can do all the hero traits perfectly. I found this awesome version (Lego stop motion!) of the song on youtube and K loved it!

Challenges

Challenge #1

Memorize this week’s verse!

Challenge #2

Read the story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and act it out.

I just told K the story from memory, but you can also find it here. K liked the story, but he really liked acting it out. He played the part of the boy, I was the townspeople, the baby was the sheep, and a stuffed animal was the wolf. He thought it was hilarious and it helped him remember the story.

Challenge #3

Talk with your mom or dad about the consequences for lying. 

Sometimes it’s good to review the consequences for certain behavior. We talked about what would happen if he were to lie and why we treat lying so seriously.

Challenge #4

List as many truths about Jesus as you can.

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Since Jesus is the truth, we decided to list a bunch of true things about him. I drew the outline of a cross on paper and wrote what we came up with inside.

Challenge #5

Broken Truth “Craft”

This craft isn’t really a craft, it is more of an object lesson in the disguise of a craft. I think it really helped the message sink in for K!

Supplies Needed:

  • Piece of white paper
  • Piece of colored paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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First, have your child cut up the colored piece of paper. Have them make as many little pieces as possible. Don’t tell them why quite yet!

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Once they are done cutting, tell them to try and glue the colored paper back together just like it was before they cut it. It won’t take long for them to realize this is not possible!

Explain that the paper is like broken trust. Once trust is broken, it is very hard, and sometimes even impossible, to repair the trust like it once was.

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I wasn’t sure if K would make the connection – but he definitely did! This is his “this isn’t possible!” face. It led to a good discussion! (Note: at this point, the “craft” is over, since you can’t actually do it. Feel free to let your child continue to create with the paper and glue though!)

Character Badge

Once you’ve completed all the challenges you’ve earned another character badge! If you’ve done the last seven challenges then this is the last one! (Find the tutorial here to make your own super hero cape and character badges.)

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If you come up with another way of giving “badges” (or something similar) to keep track of your child’s progress – I’d love to see it! I’d also love to see how you complete the challenges! Tag your post with #herotrainingcc on Instagram or Twitter!

Well, that’s it for week eight of Hero Training! I can’t believe we’re finished! It’s been so fun, I hope you and your little ones have enjoyed it too!

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K with his completed chart!

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Hero Training! Kid’s Character Challenge – Week 7 – Patience

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I can’t believe we only have two weeks of Hero Training left! We will be finishing up just in time for you to start your Advent activities (are you doing Truth in the Tinsel?). This week we are working on a much needed virtue around here – patience!

If you haven’t read the introduction to the series yet, check it out here (it has all the instructions and info you’ll need).

Get past weeks here: week one (helpful)week two (self-controlled)week three (creative)week four (attentive)week five (diligent), week six (joyful)

I hope you have fun doing the challenges and, don’t forget, if you’re joining in be sure to use the hashtag #herotrainingcc on instagram and twitter!

Lesson

Hero Training - Kid's Character Challenge - PatienceHero Trait: Patience

Definition: Waiting without complaining.

Super Hero: Spiderman (honestly, this is the first one that I just really didn’t have a reason for connecting the hero to the trait – but K didn’t seem to mind!)

Memory Verse: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)

Examples of Jesus Displaying this Trait:

  • Jesus was patient with Paul (1 Timothy 1:16)
  • Jesus was patient with the disciples (Mark 4:35-40)

Discussion Questions:

  • What are some ways that Jesus was patient?
  • Can you think of a time that you were patient?
  • Has someone ever been patient with you?
  • Why is it important to be patient?
  • When are some times that you need to be patient?

Notes:

  • We used the peg people we made here to play out some stories of Jesus having patience with his disciples. We also talked about the story of Paul a little bit.
  • With a new baby to get used to these past few months, K has heard a lot about being patient. This was great for getting some extra practice in!
  • Every week we listen to the song “Jesus is my Superhero” to remember who is the best super hero of them all! We talk about how Jesus is the best hero because he saved us and about how he is the only one who can do all the hero traits perfectly. I found this awesome version (Lego stop motion!) of the song on youtube and K loved it!

Challenges

Challenge #1

Memorize this week’s verse!

Challenge #2

Act out a scenario where you have to be patient.

This was great for K to learn more about being patient. We role played a couple common scenarios in our house. In the first, K asked me to read a book, but had to wait patiently while I finished what I was working on. In the second, K practiced waiting for baby J to finish playing with a toy he wanted. I played the part of baby J and he thought it was quite hilarious.

Challenge #3

Learn the motions to the patience song. 

We found this really fun song that is about being patient. We listened to it a couple times and tried out the fun motions that go along with it. We listened to it via this youtube video.

Challenge #4

Make a snack that requires you to be patient.

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Make a yummy treat that you have to wait on for a while before you can eat it. We thought about making popsicles, but decided to make Jello instead. Waiting for it to set up in the fridge was a good time to practice patience!

Challenge #5

Make a glue suncatcher

Similar to challenge #4, this craft requires waiting patiently to see the finished product. If this specific craft doesn’t work for you, feel free to substitute it with any other craft that requires a little bit of waiting. We found the inspiration for this craft here.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Elmer’s glue
  • Plastic lids (from yogurt containers, etc)
  • Pony beads
  • Glitter

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First, fill up the lid with the glue. You’ll need quite a bit because the glue will shrink as it dries.

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Place beads in the glue in whatever design you want.

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I did one too. Couldn’t resist, it was so much fun!

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Next, sprinkle on a little (or a lot!) of glitter. I’m not going to lie, K is almost four years old and I’m pretty sure this is the first time we’ve braved the use of glitter! If you’re not feeling the glitter, feel free to skip this step. In retrospect, we should have put a tray underneath to contain the mess!

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Now comes the patient part! From what I read, they should take 3-4 days to dry. Ours aren’t quite done yet, so I’ll post an update when they are finished!

**UPDATE**

They turned out SO CUTE! This was a really fun craft and we’ll definitely be doing it again. Make sure you really fill that lid up with glue, because it shrinks a lot.

craft to go along with being patient

Character Badge

Once you’ve completed all the challenges you’ve earned another character badge! Find the tutorial here to make your own super hero cape and character badges.

If you come up with another way of giving “badges” (or something similar) to keep track of your child’s progress – I’d love to see it! I’d also love to see how you complete the challenges! Tag your post with #herotrainingcc on Instagram or Twitter!

Well, that’s it for week seven of Hero Training! If you join in, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how it is going in the comments!

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Hero Training – Week 6 – Joyful

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Week six is a fun one, because it is all about JOY! You know it’ll be a good time when you spend a week focusing on being joyful! 🙂

If you haven’t read the introduction to the series yet, check it out here (it has all the instructions and info you’ll need).

Get past weeks here: week one (helpful)week two (self-controlled)week three (creative)week four (attentive), week five (diligent)

I hope you have fun doing the challenges and, don’t forget, if you’re joining in be sure to use the hashtag #herotrainingcc on instagram and twitter!

Lesson

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge - Joyful

 

Hero Trait: Joyful

Definition: Choosing happiness no matter the situation.

Super Hero: Thor (because he is very joyful, always smiling and laughing)

Memory Verse: A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)

Examples of Jesus Displaying this Trait:

  • Jesus had joy in the cross (Hebrews 12:2)

Discussion Questions:

  • What are some ways that Jesus was joyful?
  • Can you think of a time that you were joyful?
  • Have you ever seen someone be joyful even when things weren’t good in their life?
  • Why is it important to be joyful?
  • How can we be joyful even when bad things happen?

Notes:

  • Differentiating between joy and happiness is kind of a difficult distinction for a child. We talked about how being joyful is kind of like being happy, except that we can choose to be joyful no matter what is happening.
  • We also talked about how Jesus found joy even in the cross, because he knew what would happen because of it. Like Jesus, we can remember the good and be joyful in every situation.
  • I asked K what good things would help him be joyful even when things weren’t going how he liked – he said pizza! Too funny. I followed that up with how even when everything is bad we will always know that God loves us and we can be joyful about that. 🙂
  • Every week we listen to the song “Jesus is my Superhero” to remember who is the best super hero of them all! We talk about how Jesus is the best hero because he saved us and about how he is the only one who can do all the hero traits perfectly. I found this awesome version (Lego stop motion!) of the song on youtube and K loved it!

Challenges

Challenge #1

Memorize this week’s verse!

Challenge #2

Have a joyful dance party!

Turn up some good music and get your groove on! K’s current favorite is Toby Mac. We like to look songs up on Youtube or stream radio from Pandora.

Challenge #3

Do something for someone to bring them joy. 

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Making a craft to give to someone

I asked K who and what he would like to do and then I offered my own suggestion. However, he had it in his mind exactly what he wanted to do and who he wanted to do it for. My advice – if your kiddo has an idea, let them roll with it if possible. It may seem silly to you and me, but for them it will be so much more meaningful to bring their own idea to fruition.

Challenge #4

Journal about (or dictate) a time that you were sad or angry.

What made you feel that way? Is there something you could have done or thought about to help you choose to be joyful?

Challenge #5

Draw a picture of a joyful moment in your life.

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Why yes, my child did decide that his joyful moment was… eating pizza! Notice the triangles in our hands. Cause, ya know, it’s not like he’s experienced getting a baby brother, deciding to believe in Jesus, opening presents on Christmas morning, or any of that crazy business. Pizza is where it’s at. Ah well, who doesn’t love a good slice of pizza? 🙂

Character Badge

Once you’ve completed all the challenges you’ve earned another character badge! Find the tutorial here to make your own super hero cape and character badges.

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If you come up with another way of giving “badges” (or something similar) to keep track of your child’s progress – I’d love to see it! I’d also love to see how you complete the challenges! Tag your post with #herotrainingcc on Instagram or Twitter!

Well, that’s it for week six of Hero Training! If you join in, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how it is going in the comments!

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Hero Training! Kid’s Character Challenge – Diligence – Week 5

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Week five of Hero Training is a week I have been looking forward to for a while! Many times I have told K to “be diligent” as he is working on something, yet in the back of my mind I knew that I really needed to teach him what being diligent even was! So, hooray!, a week devoted to learning about diligence.

If you haven’t read the introduction to the series yet, check it out here (it has all the instructions and info you’ll need).

Get past weeks here: week one (helpful)week two (self-controlled)week three (creative), week four (attentive)

I hope you have fun doing the challenges and, don’t forget, if you’re joining in be sure to use the hashtag #herotrainingcc on instagram and twitter!

Lesson

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge - Week 5 Diligent

 

Hero Trait: Diligent

Definition: Working hard until the job is finished.

Super Hero: Superman (because never stops working until the bad guys are defeated)

Memory Verse: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the lord, not for human masters (Colossians 3:23)

Examples of Jesus Displaying this Trait:

  • Jesus worked hard at his job of proclaiming the Kingdom of God. (Luke 4:42-44)
  • Jesus carried out God’s will for him until it was finished. (John 19:30)

Discussion Questions:

  • What are some ways that Jesus was diligent?
  • Are you diligent when you work?
  • Can you think of a time that you weren’t diligent?
  • Have you ever seen someone else being diligent? What were they doing?
  • Why is it important to be diligent?

Notes:

  • We talked about how Jesus was diligent to carry out God’s job for him. We talked about how there was no car, bus, or plane for him to take from city to city – he had to walk everywhere! In Luke 4 it talks about how the people tried to get Jesus to stay with them, but he said he needed to continue on, telling people about the Kingdom of God.
  • We also talked about how when Jesus died on the cross, he said “it is finished” because his job was done. He did what he was supposed to do all the way to the cross.
  • With a little boy who easily gets distracted while working on something, we have plenty of opportunities to practice diligence!
  • Every week we listen to the song “Jesus is my Superhero” to remember who is the best super hero of them all! We talk about how Jesus is the best hero because he saved us and about how he is the only one who can do all the hero traits perfectly. I found this awesome version (Lego stop motion!) of the song on youtube and K loved it!

Challenges

Challenge #1

Memorize this week’s verse!

Challenge #2

Traverse a balance beam

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It takes a lot of hard work to cross a balance beam. You need to be diligent or you just might fall! We just happen to have a balance beam at our local park, but you can also use a piece of wood, a rope, some tape, or even a line on the sidewalk!

Challenge #3

Do a chore without any whining or complaining. 

Do your best work with absolutely no grumbling! Read Philippians 2:14-15.

Challenge #4

Learn something new.

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Whether it’s learning to tie your shoes or trying a new recipe, learning a new task takes a lot of hard work and diligence. Pick something you’ve never done before and give it a try. (We tried learning a new game) Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time, be diligent and try again!

Challenge #5

Make word art out of this week’s verse.

Your child can write out the verse and decorate it, or you can download a printable coloring page version of this week’s verse here. Display the verse near were your child has a chore chart or does most of his or her chores.

Character Badge

Once you’ve completed all the challenges you’ve earned another character badge! Find the tutorial here to make your own super hero cape and character badges.

If you come up with another way of giving “badges” (or something similar) to keep track of your child’s progress – I’d love to see it! I’d also love to see how you complete the challenges! Tag your post with #herotrainingcc on Instagram or Twitter!

Well, that’s it for week five of Hero Training! If you join in, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how it is going in the comments!

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Hero Training! Kid’s Character Challenge {Week 4 – Attentive}

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Week four of Hero Training brought a new word to learn – attentive! While this may have been a character trait K had never heard of, it was definitely something he needed some practice in! We kept things simple this week to pair with the learning of a new concept – but we still had lots of fun!

If you haven’t read the introduction to the series yet, check it out here (it has all the instructions and info you’ll need).

Get past weeks here: week one (helpful)week two (self-controlled), week three (creative)

I hope you have fun doing the challenges and, don’t forget, if you’re joining in be sure to use the hashtag #herotrainingcc on instagram and twitter!

Lesson

 

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge - Week 4 Attentive

Hero Trait: Attentive

Definition: Paying attention and ready to act.

Super Hero: Batman (because Batman is always attentive to the Bat Signal – ready to spring into action)

Memory Verse: Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight (Proverbs 4:20)

Examples of Jesus Displaying this Trait:

  • Jesus being attentive to the woman who touched his cloak (Matthew 9:18-22)
  • Attentive to the little children in Luke 18:15-17
  • Attentive to the blind man on the side of the road (Luke 18:35-43)

Discussion Questions:

  • What are some ways that Jesus was attentive?
  • What was a time that you were attentive?
  • Can you think of a time that you weren’t attentive?
  • Why is it important to be attentive?

Notes:

  • Although I only gave a few examples, Jesus was very attentive to what was going on around him. He was always paying attention to others, ready to act.
  • Since this was a new word, we talked about what it meant a lot. Being an easily distractible little boy, K got plenty of opportunity to practice this character trait!
  • Every week we listen to the song “Jesus is my Superhero” to remember who is the best super hero of them all! We talk about how Jesus is the best hero because he saved us and about how he is the only one who can do all the hero traits perfectly. I found this awesome version (Lego stop motion!) of the song on youtube and K loved it!

Challenges

Challenge #1

Memorize this week’s verse!

Challenge #2

Play “Simon Says

This game requires paying close attention! We even changed it to “Batman Says.”

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Challenge #3

Come right away when called 10 times.

 

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge Week 4 Attentive

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge Week 4 Attentive

If your child needs to work on another area of being attentive, feel free to adjust this challenge to reflect that. (Side note: You can get that preschool routine printable you see on the fridge here)

UPDATE: A kind reader emailed me a fun Batman chart she made to use with her son for this challenge. She wanted me to pass it on, so if you’d like it, download it here.

Challenge #4

Go outside and pay attention.

Close your eyes and listen closely. What can you hear? Keep your eyes closed for as long as you can and then talk about all the things you were able to hear when you payed attention.

Challenge #5

Design your own Bat Signal to remind you to be attentive like Batman. 

Grab a printable bat signal here and have your child decorate however he or she would like. An older child might enjoy making a real Bat Signal.

Character Badge

Once you’ve completed all the challenges you’ve earned another character badge! Find the tutorial here to make your own super hero cape and character badges.

If you come up with another way of giving “badges” (or something similar) to keep track of your child’s progress – I’d love to see it! I’d also love to see how you complete the challenges! Tag your post with #herotrainingcc on Instagram or Twitter!

Well, that’s it for week four of Hero Training! If you join in, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how it is going in the comments!

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Hero Training! Kid’s Character Challenge {Week 3 – Creative}

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It’s week three of Hero Training and we are having fun learning about how to be creative!

If you haven’t read the introduction to the series yet, check it out here (it has all the instructions and info you’ll need).

Get past weeks here: week one (helpful), week two (self-controlled)

I hope you have fun doing the challenges and, don’t forget, if you’re joining in be sure to use the hashtag #herotrainingcc on instagram and twitter!

Lesson

 

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge

Hero Trait: Creative

Definition: Doing something in a new way.

Super Hero: Iron Man (because Tony Stark is an inventor who is always creating new things)

Memory Verse: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Examples of Jesus Displaying this Trait:

  • God created the whole world! (Genesis 1:1)
  • Jesus heals a blind man with mud. (John 9:1-12)
  • Miracle of a coin in the fish’s mouth. (Matthew 17:26-27)

Discussion Questions:

  • What are some ways that Jesus was/is creative?
  • How are you creative?
  • Why do you think it is good for us to be creative?
  • Have you ever solved a problem with a creative solution?

Notes:

  • This week we mainly focused on God’s creativity shown through creating the world (which Jesus was a part of – see John 1:1) – although He did have some creative miracles! We talked about how God is the most creative of anyone, because he created everything!
  • We enjoy a lot of artistic type creative endeavors, but this week we also explored how we can use creativity in lots of areas, including solving problems.
  • Every week we listen to the song “Jesus is my Superhero” to remember who is the best super hero of them all! We talk about how Jesus is the best hero because he saved us and about how he is the only one who can do all the hero traits perfectly. I found this awesome version (Lego stop motion!) of the song on youtube and K loved it!

Challenges

Challenge #1

Memorize this week’s verse!

Challenge #2

Build an invention/creation out of recycling materials (we always keep a box of good materials in the craft area).

Challenge #3

Brainstorm five ways to solve a problem you have.

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This was K’s first time trying out brainstorming. We used his white board easel and tried to solve the problem of his messy room! I suggested #5 and he thought it was hilarious. Number 6 was all his idea! haha 🙂

Challenge #4

Learn about the days of creation.

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First we read the creation story in the Rhyme Bible Storybook. Then, I made six square on a piece of paper and K drew a picture for each day of creation. You could also try something off of this page.

Challenge #5

Do an art project.

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge

 

 

K chose painting! We set up a big piece of paper outside since it was a beautiful day!

Note: Have a child that isn’t a big fan of art? Substitute any type of creative project! 

Character Badge

Once you’ve completed all the challenges you’ve earned another character badge! Find the tutorial here to make your own super hero cape and character badges.

 

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If you come up with another way of giving “badges” (or something similar) to keep track of your child’s progress – I’d love to see it! I’d also love to see how you complete the challenges! Tag your post with #herotrainingcc on Instagram or Twitter!

Well, that’s it for week two of Hero Training! If you join in, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how it is going in the comments!

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Hero Training! Character Challenge for Kid’s {Week #2 SELF CONTROL}

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We are back for week two of Hero Training and excited to share all the fun things we did! This week we focused on the character trait of self control.

If you haven’t read the introduction to the series yet, check it out here (it has all the instructions and info you’ll need).

I hope you have fun doing the challenges and, don’t forget, if you’re joining in be sure to use the hashtag #herotrainingcc on instagram and twitter!

Lesson

Hero Training - Kid's Character Challenge - Self Control

Hero Trait: Self Control

Definition: Doing the right thing even when you don’t feel like it

Super Hero: Hulk (because he needs to use self control to not smash his friends)

Memory Verse: A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls. (Proverbs 25:28 NLT)

Examples of Jesus Displaying this Trait:

  • Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11)

Discussion Questions:

  • Can you think of a time when you needed to use self control?
  • What are some things you can do to get under control when you are out of control?
  • Can you think of a time that Jesus used self control?
  • Why is it important to have self control?

Notes:

  • This week we focused on the story of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. This was a new story for K and required a lot of discussion and explanation of new ideas. Since this passage wasn’t found in any of our children’s story Bibles, I did my best to paraphrase the story. Then, we opened my Bible find the three times Jesus used self control when the devil was tempting him. We talked about how Jesus was probably really tired and hungry, but he still did the right thing.
  • K is a pretty big fan of the Hulk, so we talked a lot about him this week. Amidst our many “Hulk smash!” sessions we talked about how the Hulk has to use self control to not smash his friends and he uses self control to calm down and turn back into Bruce Banner.
  • This week had a lot of good connections to times of discipline. We were able to refer back to our discussions on self control and talk about whether or not K was “doing the right thing even though he didn’t feel like it.” It also gave us the language to talk through making good choices using self- control.
  • Every week we listen to the song “Jesus is my Superhero” to remember who is the best super hero of them all! We talk about how Jesus is the best hero because he saved us and about how he is the only one who can do all the hero traits perfectly. I found this awesome version (Lego stop motion!) of the song on youtube and K loved it!

Challenges

Challenge #1

Memorize this week’s verse!

Challenge #2

Use blocks to build a city with a wall around it (in reference to our verse this week). Older kids can use Lego or try building a fort.

Challenge #3

Next time you are frustrated and angry take a breath and count to ten to calm down. (We practiced this and then used it many times throughout the week!)

Challenge #4

Do a “self-control” egg walk. 

Hero Training - Kid's Character Challenge - Self Control Egg Walk

Hero Training - Kid's Character Challenge - Self Control Egg Walk

Try walking with an egg balanced on a spoon. It takes a lot of control to keep the egg balanced! K got pretty far until his egg dropped to the ground. This was the perfect time to talk about how he needed control to balance the egg, but when he lost control and dropped the egg it broke. Just like how in life, when we lose control of ourself, we can hurt ourself or others. Some examples we thought of were: getting angry with your brother and pushing him, using mean words and hurting someone’s feelings, eating a cookie that was saved for daddy and making him sad, and eating a whole bowl of candy and getting an upset tummy.

Challenge #5

Self Control Self Portrait Craft

Hero Training - Self Control Self Portrait

Supplies Needed:

  • Large roll of paper
  • Markers (these are our favorite!)
  • Scissors

Directions:

Trace your child on the large roll of paper. Cut out the body shape. Have your child draw a face that is showing self control on one side and a face that isn’t on the other side. Then, decorate the rest of the cut-out. (Alternatively, if you don’t have a large roll of paper, you could do it on the sidewalk with chalk or draw a smaller self portrait)

Note: While K was working on this we were being silly and I was pretending to talk for the paper guy he was making. Using a silly voice, one of the things I said was, “I always use self control!” K looked at me and said “then he’s Jesus!” It took me a second to register what he meant. I had said “always” – he caught me! If his paper guy always used self control, then he had to be Jesus! I laughed. “You’re right,” I said, “I shouldn’t have said that, how about ‘I always try to use self control’?” K chimed in, “But I don’t do it all the time!” The whole conversation was so great – we have talked about this so many times and he is really getting it!

Character Badge

Once you’ve completed all the challenges you’ve earned another character badge! Find the tutorial here to make your own super hero cape and character badges.

Hero Training - Self Control

Hero Training - Self Control

 

If you come up with another way of giving “badges” (or something similar) to keep track of your child’s progress – I’d love to see it! I’d also love to see how you complete the challenges! Tag your post with #herotrainingcc on Instagram or Twitter!

Well, that’s it for week two of Hero Training! If you join in, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how it is going in the comments!

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Hero Training! Character Challenge for Kids {Week #1 HELPFUL}

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Yay! It’s the first challenge in the Hero Training series! To start off the series, we will begin with the character trait helpful.

If you haven’t read the introduction to the series yet, check it out here (it has all the instructions and info you’ll need).

I hope you have fun doing the challenges and, don’t forget, if you’re joining in be sure to use the hashtag #herotrainingcc on instagram and twitter!

Lesson

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Hero Trait: Helpful

Definition: Serving others with a joyful heart

Super Hero: Robin (because he helps Batman)

Memory Verse: In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give then to receive.” (Acts 20:35 NIV)

Examples of Jesus Displaying this Trait:

  • Washing the disciples feet (John 13:1-17)
  • Calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41)
  • Healing the blind man (John 9:1-12)
  • Christ as a servant (Philippians 2:1-18)

Discussion Questions:

  • When was a time that you were helpful?
  • What is something that someone has done to help you?
  • Can you think of a time that Jesus was helpful?
  • How can you be more helpful?

Notes:

  • For the purpose of this character trait, we made it to essentially be synonymous with serving. So, any story where Jesus is serving someone would be perfect to talk about (there are lots to choose from!).
  • Since K is only 3, I just summarized the passages we talked about for him. You can also read the story from a children’s bible if you can find it in one. Or, if your child is older, go ahead and read directly from a Bible.
  • This week’s verse is the longest one! It helped us to make up some motions to go with it. Also, since K is pretty young, I did shorten it just a little bit for him.
  • Not every superhero fits perfectly with their character trait – but Robin sure does! As Batman’s right hand man he is a great example of being a helper!
  • Every week we listen to the song “Jesus is my Superhero” to remember who is the best super hero of them all! We talk about how Jesus is the best hero because he saved us and about how he is the only one who can do all the hero traits perfectly. I found this awesome version (Lego stop motion!) of the song on youtube and K loved it!

Challenges

Challenge #1

Memorize this week’s verse!

Challenge #2

Help with a chore in the house that you don’t normally do.

Challenge #3

Help cook a meal or bake a treat.

Challenge #4

Do something helpful in your neighborhood.

Challenge #5

Helping Hands Craft

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Supplies Needed:

Directions:

Choose one of your pieces of paper to be your heart and cut it out. Glue the heart to the other piece of paper. Trace your child’s hands onto the sides of the heart (alternately, trace and cut out of another piece of paper or make handprints with paint). Write “my hands are for helping” on the top. Let your child decorate more if they want.

Character Badge

If you followed the tutorial here and made your own super hero cape and character badges, your child will have earned his or her first badge once all the challenges are complete!

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I seriously do not know what is up with his crazy smiles lately! 🙂

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If you come up with another way of giving “badges” (or something similar) to keep track of your child’s progress – I’d love to see it! I’d also love to see how you complete the challenges! Tag your post with #herotrainingcc on Instagram or Twitter!

Well, that’s it for week one of Hero Training! If you join in, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know how it is going in the comments!

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No-Sew Superhero Cape and Character Badges Tutorial {Hero Training Series}

Hero Training: Kid's Character Challenge

Before we get started with the Hero Training challenges, I wanted to share with you an optional, but super fun idea. A superhero cape with character “badges”!

I thought it would be fun to keep track of the completion of the challenges similar to scouts with their vests and badges, but with a super hero cape. It turned out really neat!

Now, before you run away thinking that making capes is not your crafty cup of tea, keep reading to see just how easy this is! While I can sew, I am a busy mama right now so I knew I needed something quick and simple. I didn’t even iron my crumply material!

So, even though it is definitely not a necessary part of the challenge, I hope you will check it out and maybe give it a try!

No-Sew Superhero Cape and Character Badges

Supplies Needed:

Make it!

No-Sew Cape and Character Badges - Hero Training Kid's Character Challenge

First, you are going to need to trace a cape outline. I just used K’s other cape as a guide. If you don’t already have a cape laying around, free hand it (it doesn’t have to be perfect!) or use one of your child’s t-shirts as a guide.

No-Sew Cape and Character Badges - Hero Training Kid's Character Challenge

Next, cut out your cape shape.

No-Sew Cape and Character Badges - Hero Training Kid's Character Challenge

It’s looking good already!

No-Sew Cape and Character Badges - Hero Training Kid's Character Challenge

Next, you need to attach the velcro. I wasn’t sure if the hot glue gun would hold this – but it did a really good job! You could also sew it on if you wanted to make sure it really wasn’t going to rip off.

No-Sew Cape and Character Badges - Hero Training Kid's Character Challenge

Now, at this point you can be done with the cape, or you can choose to add some embellishments. I kept it simple and added a red K onto the cape.

All I did was trace a K onto the red felt (I freehanded, but if you want something more precise you can always print a template) and then glued it onto the center of the cape.

No-Sew Cape and Character Badges - Hero Training Kid's Character Challenge

Nice! Now is it time to make the “character badges.”

No-Sew Cape and Character Badges - Hero Training Kid's Character Challenge

First, draw the outline of a burst onto your felt (I used yellow).

No-Sew Cape and Character Badges - Hero Training Kid's Character Challenge

And cut it out!

No-Sew Cape and Character Badges - Hero Training Kid's Character Challenge

Repeat that seven more times! 🙂

No-Sew Cape and Character Badges - Hero Training Kid's Character Challenge

Then, write the character traits on the bursts you cut out. The traits we are doing for this series are: helpful, patient, diligent, self-controlled, truthful, creative, attentive, and joyful.

Save these aside to glue on after you’ve completed the challenges for each character trait!

No-Sew Cape and Character Badges - Hero Training Kid's Character Challenge

All done! You are ready for your hero training! (Don’t forget to grab your training chart and memory verse cards here!)

I hope you give it a try. If you do make one, I’d love to see your creation! Tag what you’ve made with #herotrainingcc

What do you think? Are you going to give it a go?

Hero Training - Kid's Character Challenge

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*INTRODUCING* Hero Training: A Character Challenge for Kids

I am so excited to introduce this new series!

Ever since I started planning out what we would be doing for our homeschool preschool this year, I knew I wanted to do some intentional character training. One of the things I appreciate about Charlotte Mason’s methods are the heavy emphasis on using the early years less for formal academics and more for character building.

So, I started looking for a character building program. I found a few things and I already had this book, but I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for.

I knew I wanted something fun, something that would “speak my son’s language.” I knew I didn’t really want something that was a comprehensive behavior modification system (i.e. where behavior is constantly monitored for character traits and given points or deductions). I wanted something that would introduce the character trait and give some ideas for how to practice that trait.

So (much like I did when I was looking for a toddler bible curriculum and couldn’t find anything), I created my own!

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge.

Introducing!

Hero Training!
Character Challenge for Kids

My son loves super heroes! Spiderman, Batman, Captain America, Hulk, Thor – you name the super hero, he’s all about it!

Honestly, I love them too. And a plethora of other sci-fi, fantasy, and other nerdy goodness. 🙂

So, I created this fun kid’s character challenge with a super hero theme!

The lesson plans will begin next week and continue for eight weeks. At the end of the series, I will compile all the lessons into an ebook!

Here’s what you need to know to get started

First, you’re going to want to decide how you are going to go about completing the challenges. Each week you will find the following elements:

Lesson

The lesson will have all the information you need to teach your child the character trait:

  • A child-friendly definition of the character trait
  • A super-hero to go along with that trait
  • A verse or story that shows Jesus displaying the week’s trait
  • Discussion questions

You can do the whole lesson on one day, or break it up and complete it over the week.

Memory Verse

Each week will have a memory verse that corresponds to that week’s character trait. I tried to pick simple verses that both younger and older children will be able to commit to memory. We try to work on our memory verses in the morning at breakfast time – find what works for you!

Challenges

Each week will have five challenges. The first challenge (or the last, depending on how you want to look at it) will always be memorizing the weekly verse. The next three challenges will vary weekly. Then, the last challenge will always be some type of craft or art project.

Now, if you’re not the crafty type, or the craft is something your child is not interested in – never fear! There is a simple solution. Have the last challenge be a “kid’s choice” challenge. Basically, just ask your child to come up with a way they can display the week’s character trait.

Once you’ve got a feel for how the challenges are going to go, you’re going to want to get the training chart and the memory verse cards here. Then, once you’ve printed them out, find a good spot to hang up your chart! When your child completes a challenge he or she can mark off a square. We used some superhero stickers.

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Also, tune in later this week for a tutorial on another super fun way to document your child’s progress through the challenges – a (no-sew) super hero cape with character badges.

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge.

This series is going to be so much fun! I can’t wait!

Hero Training! Kid's Character Challenge.

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