- Teach your children the meaning of sincerity using several pairs of objects which seem to be the same, but one item in each pair is a fake. For example: two containers of “sugar,” where one is salt; two “diamond” rings, where one is a fake; two glasses of “water,” where one contains salt water. Help your children discover the “wax” in the fake items, and discuss how it makes these items insincere.
- Provide children with art supplies with which they can create masks expressing different emotions. Emphasise that masks hide a person’s true feelings and display hypocrisy (a false impression). Suggested supplies: · Heavy-duty paper plates · Crayons or markers · Construction paper · Yarn or string · Scissors, glue, stapler, brads, etc.
- Obtain several paint sample cards ranging from white through shades of off-white, beige, and light gray from your local hardware store. Pick out five samples that are definitely not white. Using a sheet of black paper, set up a “test” for the children in a dimly lit (though not dark) room. Arouse curiosity by allowing each child to come into the room individually and requiring that he keep the detail of the “test” a secret until all have their turns. As each child enters the room, instruct him to close his eyes. Put one of the samples on the sheet of black paper. As he opens his eyes, ask him to tell you what colour the little paper is. Then have him close his eyes again while you change the paper sample. The response will be that the little papers are white. After all the children have their turns, take the samples to a brightly lit room and lay them out on a pure white sheet of paper. The children will be surprised to see how “un-white” the samples actually are. Follow this project with a discussion of the definition of sincerity. Relate the paint sample cards to the pottery the Romans sold.
Parent Guide Planner 8, ATI, Oak Brook, IL