Character education lessons, activities, and resources

Learning is a lifelong process; therefore, it should be something our children see us doing as adults daily as well.  So, as a family consider the 4CS of learning in your own home, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking. Utilize the suggestions below to help your entire family embrace the 4Cs of Learning.


  • Set out a box of building materials and ask your child to help you build something with the materials
  • Purchase some painting canvas’ and paints, and see what masterpieces you and your children can design
  • Build a Lego or Playdoh dream town and discuss what the people would be like who lived there, and what they would do for work and school.
  • Author a creative story together as a family. Take turns passing the paper around the table and everyone writes a sentence or two.
  • Make a meal together from a few random items selected from the ingredients in your pantry and fridge. See who can make the most creative, delicious meal.

Collaboration & Communication

  • Build a bird feeder together
  • Using 10 notecards, a roll of tape, one pair of scissors, and 4 sheets of plain paper build the tallest structure you can that can stand on its own.
  • Choose a video game your child loves to play and work through a mission together, allowing your child to take the lead and guide you through the process
  • Go to a zoo or outdoor recreation area and each person record things he or she sees, hears, smells, and touches. Then together create a family poem or story about the adventures of the day and all you learned and experienced together.

Critical Thinking

  • If your family was stranded on an island and each only allowed 5 items, what would you bring and why.
  • Go Geocaching together
  • Create a scavenger hunt that you must work through to find the treasure at the end
  • Go to an escape chamber as a family and navigate together to escape.
  • Play a board game that requires strategy and thinking like Chess, Scrabble or Clue.