- Bag of candy with a wrapper you can’t see through
- Dirt or garbage
- Carefully open the bag of candy. Remove the candy and save for later.
- Fill the bag with dirt and/or garbage and reseal.
Have them open the bag.
Was it what you expected?
Help them identify feelings. This is a great time to build some emotional vocabulary. They may have felt angry, hurt, or confused.
Getting a bag of garbage that looks like candy is like being lied to. (If you told your child it was a bag of candy clarify that you did lie because you were teaching this lesson. To avoid lying you can simply say you have something for them. With older children you could talk about how leaving out information or the intent to deceive is lying or at least dishonest. We can lie without saying a word!)
Read Proverbs 12:17, 19
When we lie it hurts others. The ones getting the garbage are hurt. It also hurts ourselves. We want to be trusted. If we lie to someone they are not as likely to trust us and we will be hurt.