Knowing the difference between a truth and a lie is an important skill for early learners. In this Thomas & Friends video and exercise, children learn the importance of telling the truth and always being honest.
Practicing distinguishing between the truth and a lie is an important step for children, and can be done in the form of a game using the Thomas & Friends cards (attached below).
Distribute a set of Thomas cards to each child. Ask the early learner to notice that one card has a picture of a smiling Thomas and the other card has a picture of a sad Thomas. To introduce the game, tell a fact about yourself that is either true of false (consider "I drive a car.") Tell the children to hold up the "sad" Thomas card if they think it is a lie or the "smiling" Thomas if they think it is a true statement.
Continue to model the game with several statements and ask the students to hold up the corresponding card. You might want to try starting with simple physical facts and move toward behavior. For example "The sky is green." (not true); "Mice are bigger than giraffes" (not true); "We smell with our noses" (true).
Try allowing the children to take turns coming to the front of the room and telling a truth or a lie about themselves, while the rest hold up the corresponding card.
Review the game with your group and cheer the children for distinguishing between true statements and false statements.
Talking with students about what honesty is and encouraging it is a wonderful way to teach children to be good citizens. Many children do not tell the truth because they do not want to disappoint you. Practicing what to do in a situation where telling the truth is hard is an excellent way to avoid dishonesty. The first step in teaching children honesty is to help them learn to distinguish between a truth and a lie.