Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Family Night: Honesty

We had a fun family home evening lesson last night so I thought I'd share.  I wanted to talk to the kids about honesty and the old saying "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to decieve" kept popping into my head.  So, I decided to go with a spider theme and a story about getting more and more tangled in the spider's web every time another lie was told.  We finished it off with spider cupcakes and the kids really got into it and talked about how it's not a good feeling when you tell a lie and how it is like being caught in a web or wrapped up so that you lose some of your freedom.  Here it is, enjoy!

Honesty Family Night Lesson PDF

Family Home Evening Lesson: Honesty

You’ll need a ball of yarn or string and a drawing or printout of a spider.
Punch a hole in the spider and tie the end of the string to the spider (this is for the activity and story)

If you choose to make the spider treats to go with the lesson you’ll need chocolate cupcakes, chocolate frosting, black licorice whips, candy for spider eyes (lots of different candies could work for this), and chocolate sprinkles (optional)

Objective: To teach the concept that dishonesty leaves us feeling trapped and in a mess. The only way to be free and happy is to live a life of truth and integrity.

Opening Song: I Believe in Being Honest, Children’s Song Book pg 149

Opening Prayer: Your Choice


Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.


Ask your family what it means to be honest?

What does it mean to be dishonest? What about to tell a lie?

Elder Marvin J Ashton gave us this definition : “A lie is any communication given to another with the intent to deceive”

Sometimes it seems easy to be honest but other times it is very tempting to tell a lie. In the following story the little boy faces many temptations to be dishonest. Choose a volunteer to help you with the story


Caught in a Web of Lies

Summary: Peter is tempted to tell a lie.  One lie leads to another and each time he is dishonest he is wrapped tighter and tighter in the spider's web.  Choose someone in your family to be Peter and get wrapped up as the story goes.  Story includees discussion questions as you go.  The volunteer will be your object lesson and visual aid when you are done!


Treat: Spider Cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Use Black licorice whips for spider legs, marshmallows and/or other candies for eyes. Chocolate sprinkles if desired.


  1. Thanks for this as well. We had Family home evening tonight and guess what our lesson was about?

  2. You are amazing! I look forward to reading your blog every week and I try to use your idea for my grandkids! Thanks, miss you!!!

  3. Saw this link from Sugardoodle. I was JUST today thinking that our next FHE lesson should be on honesty and wondering how I could teach that to my 3 year olds. Coincidentally, they just discovered the joy of spiders. So this is perfect! Thank you! :)

  4. You are amazing! Seriously amazing! I love all of your ideas. I can't wait to incorporate some of them into our families lives. Thank you!