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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!



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?


  • 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!


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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  1. Lindsey on November 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I found your blog through Pinterest, and I am SO excited about it! I just started teaching the 7-9 year old Sunday School class at my church, and these character traits are going to be perfect. The class is mostly all boys, so they will definitely identify with the Super Hero theme. Thank you for sharing your lessons!!

    • Liz Millay on November 3, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad you found me! I hope your class enjoys it and learns a lot – I’d love to hear how it goes! 🙂

  2. Todd on November 6, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I enjoy this blog so much thanks for sharing

  3. - Simple Life. Messy Life. on November 18, 2015 at 4:30 pm

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