Character Education FUN for Young Ones

Summary:  More than 5 easy to do character education activities for your homeschooled kids.  I may share products that we used in our homeschool or others that we found and love in my blog.  Please see my disclosure policy.

Are you looking for easy to plan, helpful ways to teach character development to your kids?  

Today, I'd like to share some favorites of mine for just that, using simple activities, and yes, even coloring books to reach concepts like gratitude, responsibility, how to make friendships, and more.  
Each of these posts gathered from my blogging friends, are geared towards young learners, say from preschool to the primary grades.

I love this article by Raising the Extraordinary, about using everyday life events to teach good character.

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"The content of our children's character is what will shape their future.  So I on the title to read more"  from Raising the Extraordinary.

Secondly, Year Round Homeschooling shares how to teach character development through homeschooling...
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"The most important part of our homeschooling journey is to build character.  It is my responsibility to......"click the title to read more from Year Round Homeschooling.

Next, how about doing it through movies?  

Year Round Homeschooling has also collected 100 Movies That Build Character, for you to browse.

My fourth resource is a very simple one....making a thank you jar...

Photo from

Family Thankful Jar Craft
Tips for teaching gratitude and thankfulness, by Teach Beside Me.

Or would your kids like to make a thank you tree?  What's that?

The Thankful Tree

A fun, easy to do gratitude activity, from Motherhood on a Dime.  Click on the title for more info.

Finally, I just found a new way to teach character development to your young learners. 

Do your kids like to color?  

How about teaching character education, through coloring books?

Teach character education to children with a coloring book approach. The delightful educational series of Donnie Learns books.

The dad of a child on the Spectrum wrote a series of delightful books that tell storeis about character education.

And they are also coloring books.  The series is called Donnie Learns.

It  includes all the books in this photo above.  It is a creative series of coloring books that tell sweet and gentle stories about good character, such as gratitude, responsibility, and friendship.

 The Donnie Learns series includes the following books:

  1. Donnie Learns How to Make Friends
  2. Donnie Learns How to Be Grateful
  3. Donnie Learns Self Love (That he is loved)
  4. Donnie Learns How to Do What He Says
  5. Donnie Learns The Value Of Time
  6. Donnie Learns to Value of Earning
  7. Donnie Learns to Take Responsibility for His Action
Each book focuses on one character trait, told through delightful stories that can be easily read by young readers around the first grade reading level.
Below are all the books in the series, Donnie Learns.

I hope this little list gives you some good ideas for helping your young ones grow in this very important area.  

What would you add to this short list of resources?  

Please share in the comments, as I am thankful for each one. They are also perfect for read alouds....(click here to read more of my review of them.)

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Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
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