Overall I think this is a great activity and I'm glad it had such a positive effect on your students. I also really like your message about each of us opening new gifts throughout our lives.
Looking at the pictures of the characters, however, I couldn't help feeling that some of them desperately need to be changed to avoid sending negative messages to children. Primary, I have issues with Mr. Good and Mr. Wrong.
As a country we need to stop reinforcing the idea that white = good. As a Psychology major in college I was shocked by the results of race studies where children were presented with two dolls, one black and one white, and asked which one would make a better friend. Hearing children of all races go on about how much better and nicer the white doll would be as a friend broke my heart. These biases come from many places, including seemingly innocent children's books, and we need to be aware of the subtle messages we send to our students.
My feelings about Mr. Wrong are similar. My friends in high school listened to punk music, had colorful mohawks, and, yes, wore clothes that didn't match. None of these things made them "wrong" as people. Instead, they were kind, caring people who didn't judge people based on appearances.
I hope you continue to focus on appreciating different personalities, and also stress the fact that it takes time to really see people's personalities, and if you judge them based on the color of their skin or the fact that their pants and shirt clash, you ultimately cheat yourself out of friendships with amazing, inspiring people.
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