This picture was taken by my five-year-old, Olivia, of my little character, Andrew.
Johnny Appleseed – A Study in Character: an activity for children of all ages. John Chapman is remembered for having a heart for helping others – for being generous and giving. This activity provides a great opportunity to talk with your children about character. You can find a list of positive character traits at character-training.com.
- Read one or more of the recommended books.
- Talk about Johnny’s contributions and attributes.
- Throughout the week, memorize Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (NIV).
- Have your child draw a picture of Johnny.
- Next label any and all character attributes you and your child can think of for John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed). If you have a younger child, have them narrate these qualities to you. Document for them as needed.
- Now draw a self portrait and have them label their own attributes. Have siblings or other members of the family contribute by voicing a positive quality about each other to include. Record a younger child’s dictations as needed.
- For an older child: Talk with your child about who they want to grow up to be and what they want to be remembered for. Ask them about the legacy they would like to leave. Ask them, “What type of person do you want to grow up to be?” or “What do you want to be remembered for?”
- Place the page or pages in a protector when finished and include them in your garden notebook/journal.
- Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.