Characters of Character earned a 2020 Great Non Profit Status because of our family, followers and fans! Thank you! If the characters have influenced your or your family, community, library, school or children, please be sure to let us know. This will help our organization and the Characters to grow!
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Our mission statement is as follows: "Characters of Character provides a firm foundation for children to establish strong civic values"
A not-for-profit organization does not earn any profits for its owners. Instead, the organization donates the money it receives to help fund the organization's objectives and goals. Learn about our Projects online.
Here are what others are saying about the Characters of Character:
The way that Joni interacts and teaches children character is nothing short of inspiring. The characters that she uses to teach each character trait engages and mesmerizes kids and is such a joy to watch. Such important life lessons paired with fun, imagination and enthusiasm is what makes Character of Characters so wonderful! Michelle, a member of the public
You won't meet anyone with more passion than Joni. She has a way of connecting life lessons in a way that children get excited about. Great character leads to great learners. Great learners become great leaders. Joey, a member of the public
Great lessons and role models for kids. What a fun way to teach kids manners and becoming a well rounded individual. a member of the public. Amy, member of the public
As a volunteer that dresses in costumes
For events, nothing is more satisfying than seeing the children’s faces when the meet the characters for the first time. Joe, member of the public
I love to watch the children's eyes light up as Ms. Joni tells them about the Characters of Character! Each animal offers character-building wisdom for growth in our young people. Art projects serve to remind these pint-size youngsters what good character looks like, so they can make intentional choices beginning from a young age. I'm honored to be part of this fantastic program that is shaping our leaders of tomorrow. Tina, Board Member
Joni is such a great teacher and brings so many good lessons. The different animals and their ideas on making life easier and fun is such a joy for the kids. She always has some kind of exciting activities like painting or reading books and the actual animals (in costumes) is the best for making kids smile! Jada, client served
We thank you all who have taken the time to write a review, we really would like to hear from you, too! Remember, this organizations has no paid staff, we do what we do cause having good character is where it's at!! Should you be looking for a nonprofit to support, please think of us and all we do to bring these character messages to you!
Perseverance Pumpkin shares coloring activities to encourage perseverance! Use the pages as a Journal Cover, a Sticker Chart, a visual reminder for yourself and your children to persevere, to never give up, to try again! This book is available on Amazon and other online book stores.
Take life one day at a time. Don't become anxious if you're not where you want to be, you're where you're suppose to be, don't be overwhelmed if you haven't finished a task, progress is progress and progress will get the task done!
I absolutely love to Journal! When raising our now three adult kids, I would often tell them to write things down, if they weren't ready to share their thoughts with us, write it down. To this day, they all 'write it down' . Journals today are fancy, they come in hard covers, all different sizes and variations. I kept it simple and encourage you to do the same until your children truly embrace the process, of course, it's your call. Below is the Do'er Duck Character Building Coloring Book, perhaps copy a page, have your children color the page, discuss with them what the page says, communicate...........then, either on the back of the page or on a blank copy paper page, let them write and draw about their thoughts and feelings on this. It is so empowering to watch not only your child evolve and discover what they are dealing with, but, it will open doors of communication to discuss a solution.
Learn more about Do'er Duck here. Visit us online to meet ALL the Characters of Character. Discover how you can support our projects here. Donate here. Follow us on social media. Share your results with us, we love hearing from you and feel free to share us with your family and friends to encourage them to persevere, to be of good character and to engage their families in activities and character building lessons here.
October is a fun month for the kids with Halloween! If you celebrate it or not, we have some fun snacks you can do with your kids, introduce them to creative ways of snacking and maybe they'll begin to create their own healthy snacks, too! BOO!
On the right, peal a banana, place a raisin in the eye and peal the cutie oranges, add a celery sliver for the stem. These are my suggestions, be creative and use yours!
On the right, using raw hot dogs and the canned rolls, slice the dough of the rolls and wrap around the hot dog, add a dollop of mustard for the eyes! The sandwich, using your children's faves, place on toasted bread (or not, your choice) slice cheese to make the teeth, use cumber slices for the eyes and add a sliced olive and a dollop of mayonnaise for the whites of the eyes. These are my suggestions, be creative and use your own!
We've all made marshmallow treats with Rice Krispies! Recipe is on the box of cereal, melt butter, add marshmallows, food coloring and cereal, while warm form the ball. (I use wax paper to form for less stickiness) Add a pretzel for the stem and slice a green apple or if you have green frosting use that for the leaves.
The lady bugs are on a round cracker, make your favorite spread, (cheese, dill, etc.) place a dollop on the cracker, slice a small cherry tomato in half for the wings, a black olive for the head, a sprig of green of your choice for the antenna! For the black spots maybe cut another black olive into pieces, dip in dip for the glue and place on the tomato. These are my ideas, be creative and use yours!
Melt some white chocolate and dip a yummy strawberry into it leaving some drip for the ghost effect, you can use tubed decorations for the face or a chocolate chip works great, too! Make a Princess wand using blueberries and and a star cookie cutter to cut the watermelon. These are my ideas, be creative and use your own!
Carve out a small pumpkin or use a plastic or ceramic one if you wanted to. Fill with your favorite veggie dip and surround with your favorite veggies! The one on the right is an actual pumpkin, too, clean it out and add your favorite guacamole recipe with chips!
These are long pretzel rods, you can melt white chocolate and green dye to dip them in, cool a bit then make finger lines. I use black olives, the picture used almonds, you use what you'd like, just don't point the finger at me!!
Using your favorite taco dip recipe on a platter, then using the sour cream in a tube make a spider web, add a plastic spider for spookiness!
This is a spider sandwich! fill the bun with sloppy joe or your choice of filling, slice triangles of a white cheese for the fangs, slice a green olive for the eyes and some curly fries for the legs! This is my suggestion, be creative and use your own!
Who doesn't like Mac-n-Cheese? Obviously not this pumpkin!! Again, clean out a pumpkin or use a plastic one which you probably will need to cut a hole in, be careful. Then add your favorite recipe of mac-n-cheese!
Healthy Hippo encourages health choices each and every day, always make sure that you also make time to play! Stay safe and have fun creating some fun, family snacks!
Click on the Healthy Hippo picture to print one out for your children to color, use as a sticker chart or even a journal cover! I found the snacks on Pintrest.
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When you have passion your imagination grows! Have you met the Characters of Character yet? Earning a National Promising Practice Award in 2005, formed a 501(c)(3)non-profit in 2007, brought the characters to life in costume, published over 30 books, touched the hearts of thousands of children and families with the character messages. In today's world, nothing is 'normal' or how we once knew it, so, we developed Character Corner for you to have at your disposal, FREE character building lessons, activities and ideas to help teach your own children the meaning of character. Through the years we have met and continue to meet very appreciative people of what we've created here at Characters of Character. We're here for you, to support you, to inspire you and to teach your children the importance, the simplicity and the most rewarding feeling of having good character, doing the right thing, making good choices and being a role model. Nobody said it would be easy, but, we know it needs to be done.
It's really quite interesting the older I get, I have become braver and stronger in so many areas of my life. One of which are the Characters of Character. When I can remove myself from the discussion, my passion just shines! While I created these characters, they are not about me, they are about how they impact, enrich and empower our children, their family, communities and so much more. Because we have not had the opportunity to actually meet, I do think it's important that you know who I am, or at least a little bit about my character in general. That is the reason I'm sharing what others have had to say. March is my birthday, I'm hosting a fundraiser on Facebook to raise money so we can fulfill as many Superhero Activity Boxes that we can to donate to Children's Hospitals in Tennessee and in Texas. Our cost is $20.00 to do so. Each box is sturdy, colorful and includes our Superhero Activity Book, crayons, watercolors, paintbrush, a canvas that says I AM SUPER for the child to paint, an easel to display it on, a laminated character lanyard, superhero sticker, superhero felt mask and a hand written letter from one of the characters. Delivered to the hospitals which gift them to the child patient. They are loved and appreciated and especially needed. Please share our projects, become a sponsor or donate to them, together we WILL make a difference.
Some of you may read these and think, 'she sure is full of herself' and let me assure you, nothing could be further from the truth. When I created the characters it began with the thrill and excitement and then the fear of forming an organization. Through the years I've learned to remove myself out of the characters, it's not about me, it's about the important messages that each of the characters have to say, how they say it and the invaluable activities and lessons that they each provide to build character in our children, making the world a better place. As I continue to learn and grow with the Characters of Character, it's important to share what others have learned and how they have grown along with us!
I encourage you to visit us online to meet us! Our organization has developed resources to help families and communities, especially during the Pandemic when we can't be at physical locations right now, we still need these messages to be heard, for children to meet the characters and there is no better way than through art and literacy! That's just my opinion of course :) Check out Character Corner for some easy, engaging and empowering character building lessons and activities, soon. I apologize in advance for the Covid Hair, I didn't care, I needed to get these activities to you to help you reinforce these valuable and vital traits in our children.
If you click on the image it will take you to the project. We never know who is reading or needing this or the messages we provide. As a small nonprofit, every post, every creation, every video, every blog, every story, every project, every communication is done through volunteer time and dedication to get these characters into the hearts of our children and to provide resources for others so that together, we can make the world better. We hope you'll share our information and allow others to empower and engage their families and friends in character building lessons soon!
Married with children since 1981. Love working with children and sharing the Characters of Character.