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Here are two game ideas suggested for family meetings to help kids talk about honesty. But they could also work well with a den



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Here are two game ideas suggested for family meetings to help kids talk about honesty. But they could also work well with a den.

Honest? A Game

Alice, Golden Empire Council

The leader explains that this is a game where everyone can decide whether each statement is honest. Each time the leader makes a statement, they end with the exclamation – “Honest!” It’s then up to the boys to decide if the statement really IS honest or not, and to respond with either – Not True, or True. Move gradually from simple facts to behavior. Here are some examples of statements:



  • The sky is green. (Kids say, "Not true.")

  • (Point at foot) This is my foot. (Kids say, "True.")

  • Ants are bigger than elephants.

  • We see with our eyes.

  • We hear with our nose.

  • Milk comes from chickens.

  • Take a cookie out of a jar and eat it. Then say, "I didn't eat the cookie."

  • Drop a toy on the couch. Then say, "Yes, I left my toy on the couch."

  • Pick up a dollar on the floor. Then say, "I didn't find a dollar."

  • Give a bit of food to someone else. Then say, "No, I didn't eat all my food. I gave some of it to….."

The boys might also want to take a turn coming up with scenarios. But be sure to discuss what it means to be honest, why telling the truth is better than telling a lie, and the boys may even have a personal example to share. Ask what might happen if someone tells a lie. (Other people won’t know what really happened; the wrong person might get blamed for something)

A great ending to this activity is to say that you are giving a treat to everyone, then give only one or two boys the treat and wait for the reaction. When it comes, ask, “So was I being honest when I said I would give everyone a treat? “ Then, of course, make sure to rectify the problem by giving everyone the treat – as you remind the boys that there are always consequences when you are Honest – or when you aren’t honest!

They’ll remember the lesson much better with the incentive of a treat!



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