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Alternate Activity 1: Family Time
Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Newsprint, markers, and tape
- Star stickers
Preparation for Activity
- Post a sheet of newsprint and draw one line down the middle, to make two columns. Label one column "Family Home" and the other "Faith Home."
- Be ready to post additional sheets of newsprint, as needed.
Description of Activity
This activity will deepen children's understanding of the terms "home," "family home," and "faith home" as you guide them to discern which activities we share with others in our family homes, in our faith home, and in both places.
Tell the children that you will begin to name some activities. The children can decide if they do these activities with members of their family home, their faith home, or both. If children need a reminder, mention that their faith home means the congregation or house of worship and includes the community of people they are with right now.
You can start by suggesting that sharing meals together is one activity we share with members of our family home and members of our faith home. Write "eat together" in both columns. Let the group suggest additional activities, or prompt as needed:
- Take a bath
- Play games
- Read a book
- Clean up or do chores
- Do homework
- Sing or make music
- Watch a movie
Fill in the chart with the activity in the appropriate column(s). Point out anything that particularly stands out.
Now look at all the activities that are done at the faith home. Read each one aloud. Ask the group which activities they have done together so far. Place a star sticker by those activities.