It is critical that children learn early on what trust is and how important it is to earn trust from others. Trust is important character trait to have if children want to keep friends, do well in school, and be respected by others. Without trust, it is very difficult to get along with others and build healthy relationships and friendships with others. This activity will teach children the behaviors that will help them earn trust and the behaviors that will keep them from becoming a trustworthy person.
earning trust is like earning money in a piggy bank. If you do your chores, following the rules, make good grades, etc…you might earn allowance which can be used to buy something special. The more money you earn, the more you can buy. The same happens with trust. When you do or say things that are honest over and over again, it is like putting money in your piggy bank to buy something special. However, when you do things that are not honest or trustworthy, it is like having someone take away money from your piggy bank.
**The game incorporates some math and character education
Include in this packet:
-What is Trust? Handout
-How Can I Earn Trust Handout
-Piggy Bank cut-outs (color and B/W)
-Blank Piggy Bank cut-outs
-Trust Allowance cut-outs for game
-24 different examples of behaviors that build trust (I have included some duplicate copies)
-18 different examples of behaviors that take away trust (I have included some duplicate copies)
-Earning Trust Bank Account Score Sheet
-I am Trustworthy worksheet: students will give examples of what they are doing to earn trust at home, school, and with friends
-Earning Trust Worksheet: students will identify people with whom they would like to earn trust and examples of behaviors that will help them earn trust with each person.
-How Trustworthy Are You? Quiz and Results