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!