This honesty game will help students understand why honesty is generally the best policy”¦ by trying to guess who’s lying! It breeds distrust, which they will feel, and it will give you a chance to talk about a great Scripture, straight from Peter: “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; (1 Peter 3:10)
Students will compete to see if they can tell who is lying.
Lying is so easy sometimes. We don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings, or it may feel easier to fib a little than to get into the whole story of what really happened. But when it comes down to it, lying is the most difficult thing anyone can do. Not only for the person hiding the truth but also for the person being lied to. We’ll see an example of this in today’s game!
1. Have students sit in a circle and close their eyes.
2. Once all eyes are closed choose one student to walk around the circle for a bit and have them tap a student on the shoulder to let them know to open their eyes.
3. They will then place a button in that student’s hand.
4. Next they will turn around and count to fifteen.
5. In that time, the student with the button has the option of walking around the circle and choosing a new student to give the button to or keeping it to themselves.
6. After fifteen seconds, have the original student stand in the center of the circle and ask each student “Button, button who’s got the button?”
7. Each student will have to say no, they don’t have the button.
8. If the liar is correctly guessed, then the standing student wins. If not then the rest of the class wins.
Look all around and shudder. Can anyone else feel the energy of “distrust” that is now in this room? We’ve all been looking at each other, asking, “Who’s the liar??” It doesn’t feel great, does it? But”¦if everyone always told the truth, we would not have to worry about who was being dishonest!
The Apostle Peter said, in 1 Peter 3:10, “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.” Why is lying hurtful? Let them discuss.
Did you know that if you lie to a friend, your friendship is “cut in half?” That means the person you lied to, once they find out, will not trust you again for a long, long time”¦maybe not ever. Did you know that when your parents catch you in a lie, they will wonder about everything you say for weeks, or even months??
Lying breaks trusts. Telling the truth builds trusts. Practice always telling the truth, even when it’s not easy. You may have to apologize if you make a mistake, but you will never lose friends like you will from lying!
Let’s commit to always tell the truth in this classroom! That way, friendships can form here and people can feel trusting towards each other. Who can commit to that today?
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