A promise is a commitment to complete a task or to do something. In life, children will learn promises are important to keep and as such, promises will help them be loyal to themselves and to others. Encourage kids to participate in activities to learn about promises and ways they can learn to keep them.
Keeping Promises Star
A simple popsicle craft can be used as a keepsake for kids to remember promises they wish to keep. Give each child five popsicle sticks. Provide children with crayons and have them color each stick. Have children write promises they would like to keep on the end of each stick like, "I promise to make good grades in school." Have children glue the middle of the sticks together on top of each other to form a star shape. Let the star dry. Tell children to share their promises with the other children.
Guess the Promise Circle
A group game will be a fun activity for kids. Have children sit in a circle. Each child must think of a promise they would like to act out for the other kids. For instance, if the kid's promise is to keep his teeth healthy, he could pretend he is brushing his teeth. Remind the children they can not speak. Pick one child to go in the middle of the circle and act out their promise. The child who correctly guesses the promise gets a turn to act out his promise. Continue playing until every child gets a turn.
Sweet treats can be used as a fun way to help kids keep promises. Fill a large jar with different kinds of candy. Tell children to take three to five pieces of candy from the jar. For each piece of candy they choose, they must write down a promise they will keep for the week. For example, a child may promise to help his mom with cooking dinner the entire week. Let them eat the candy and have them share their promises for each piece with the other children.
Kids can refer to their own book to help them keep their promises. Provide each child with several pieces of construction paper and crayons. Have children brainstorm to think of promises they would like to keep. They must write a promise on each page and draw a corresponding picture. Staple the pages together and have them write, "[Child's name]'s Book of Promises" on the front cover. Once their promises are full filled, they can check it off in their book.
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