Thursday, June 7, 2012

Day 4: Virtue based activities

Welcome to Day 4 of the 5 days of virtue training series!  If you missed the previous posts, here are their links:

Day 1: Speaking the Language of Virtues

Day 2: How we teach Virtues

Day 3: Training to be a Virtuous Mother

If you have read my previous posts, you know that we are huge fans of the We Choose Virtues program.  We use their virtue cards daily during our homeschool.  In addition to using these cards, here are some other fun ideas we have used to compliment our virtue training.

"Cootie-Catcher" Virtue Chooser
Ok, this definitely needs a better name, but I'm not sure exactly what it's called!  We used to make these all the time in elementary school with silly fortunes or yes/no questions inside.  Well, they are still a hit and my girls LOVE using this.  On the outside of the catcher are just numbers and the inside are colors.  Check out this website to see how to fold one of these and how to play the games (if you were not in elementary school in the 1980s!)

Our virtue Cootie Catcher!
We use this to choose what virtues the girls will work on for a certain day.  First they choose a number, then a color and then you open the color to the corresponding virtue.

Go on a Virtue Hunt (from Raising Children with the virtues, A. Wiersma)
Make a grab bag with questions like the ones below.  Each person picks a question and answers it:

  • Name three virtues you want to develop
  • Name a virtue you saw at home this week
  • Name a virtue you notice in your mother, father, neighbor...
  • Name a virtue you needed this morning when getting up.
  • Name a virtue you see in your best friend
  • Name a virtue you need when you go to work.
  • Name a virtue you need when you're doing schoolwork
  • Name a virtue you need when you travel.
  • Name three virtues you like in your friend.
  • Name a virtue you can call on when doing chores.
  • Name a virtue you need when you see something unfair.
  • Name a virtue you can call on when you try out something new.
  • Name a virtue you don't know a lot about.
  • Name a virtue you know a lot about.
  • Name a virtue you would like everybody to use.
  • Name three of your favorite virtues.
  • Name a virtue that can turn a bad day into a good one.
When we have used this activity, we keep our virtue cards out so that the girls can use those to answer questions.  It is pretty funny some of the things they come up with!  

Chore Jar/Helpful Jar
One of the girls favorite virtue to practice is being Helpful.  The problem is, when they choose this virtue they constantly ask me what they can do to help.  To help them become more independent with finding things that need to be done and doing it without being asked (which is also part of the challenge of being helpful), we came up with the Religioso Chore Jar!

Inside the jar are easy chores that the kids can do with minimal supervision.  They include things such as:
  • mom's dinner helper
  • organize shoes in mudroom
  • empty dishwasher
  • dust family room with a wet wipe
  • put books away
  • feed the dogs 
  • put water in the dogs bowl 
The girls get a kick out of picking chores this way.  These are things that I need done anyways, they are not just busy work so everyone wins!  

Making a Virtue Shield
This is a fun craft to work on with your children.  Make a "Virtue Shield" and divide the shield into four quadrants.  In one quadrant write down and illustrate the virtue your child demonstrates well.  In another quadrant write down the virtue that they are working hard on.  In the last two quadrants they can illustrate how they are using their newly acquired in their lives. For parents of younger children, a nice idea would be to make a Family Virtue Shield displaying a section for each member of the family.

100 Days of Virtue Chart

This chart comes from We Choose Virtues and is a GREAT way to get your children motivated to learn and practice their virtues.  As the children demonstrate a certain virtue, they get to put a sticker on the chart.  The company uses the analogy of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly as the transformation your child goes through when learning their virtues.  The stickers they include are butterfly stickers that you cover the caterpillars with.  Once your child has achieved 100 days of Virtue then you can celebrate!  If your kids are anything like mine, stickers are a fine motivation!

Come visit tomorrow when I'll be blogging about the way to use children's literature and media to teach virtues!

Don't forget to visit the other 20 bloggers in the 5 days of Motherhood and Homemaking Series!  


  1. I'm loving your posts, Nicole. I'd really like to get my hands on We Choose Virtues. In fact, I even linked to it today. :-)

  2. I love your chore jar! Some great tips and ideas for helping kids choose to live out important virtues. Thanks for sharing!