Allison Hansen

The character theme being taught in February is "courage".  Courage means doing the right thing even if it is difficult, and facing your fears with confidence – being brave.

It takes courage to do the right thing.  Stand up for what is right, even if you stand alone.

The following activity shows what happens when we have courage.

The Courageous Egg
Materials: Wide mouthed glass or jar, uncooked rice, egg.

Place the egg in the middle of the glass completely covered by rice. Explain that the egg represents someone who is hanging with the crowd. One day the group starts making fun of other people, the egg doesn't like it so he tells them to stop (tap the top of the rim, the egg will rise up from the rice with each tap). Next, the group of friends starts excluding others from their games (tap the rim) and they start telling lies. Each time the egg refuses to go along with his friends and stands up for what's right (tap again). Continue until the egg has completely risen above the rice.

It takes courage to do the right thing when others are not. A courageous person will rise to the top and stand out from the rest!