Youth Activities to Teach Humility

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Youth Activities to Teach Humility
Humility is one of the rarest traits in youth and one of the most important. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

Teaching family values is important and can include honesty, integrity, kindness and humility. To have humility means to hold a modest opinion of yourself. True humility is one of the hardest virtues to learn. Humility is an attractive quality in a person and truly humble people are quite likable. This value is one that can be learnt through example and activities.

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Role Playing Activity

Role-playing is an activity that will reinforce what the students are learning about humility. Start by reading the bible verses John 13:1-17. This is the passage of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. Discuss why washing someone's feet is an act of humility. To role-play, divide the students into pairs or teams. Have them make up a scene to act where one person makes the other person feel not as important. Then have each group talk about what happened and how they could have handled the situation with more humility.

Recipe for Humility Activity

For this activity print out a recipe card and make one copy per child. Define what a recipe is and how a recipe is a set of tasks to create something desired. Talk about what humility means and what traits portray humility like esteeming others better than themselves, having a meek spirit, accepting personal responsibility when they are wrong, and not be too concerned with self. For this activity have the students think of traits that characterise humility and have them write them in the form of a recipe on the recipe card sheet. When finished, each child will have learnt a valuable lesson about humility.

Parable-Based Activity on the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

The parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector is a good example of humility that is appropriate for bible or faith-based groups. Read this passage found in Luke 18:10-14 with your group or child. Give each child two pieces of paper and some crayons or markers. Have them draw a picture of the Pharisee on one page and the Tax Collector on the other. Then have them write words that describe the traits each one possesses, such as "boastful" for the Pharisee or "humble" for the Tax Collector. This activity will help the children learn the difference between humility and pride. Explain that when people are boastful about what they do, they are acting prideful. When they admit they are not worthy, they are humbling themselves. In this parable, the humble man was the not the one who boasted in a prideful prayer about what he did but rather the one who admitted that he was wrong for sinning and asked for mercy.

Donkey Paper Bag Craft

Children as young as preschoolers can learn about being humble. Another example of humility is the donkey. Explain how being a good servant is part of being humble. Donkeys are simple animals and are a necessary part of a good working farm. They are examples of humble servants. The scripture Genesis 23:3 goes along with this activity. A paper bag donkey will reinforce the concept of being humble. Print out a donkey face shape, separate ears, arms and a tail. Older preschoolers can help cut these shapes out. On the folded side of the paper bag, glue on face and ears, arms on the sides of the bag and the tail on one side below the arms. Colour the body parts. See Resources if you need a donkey template.

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