In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
Invite the children to each choose a piece of blank or construction paper to make a paper doll image of themselves. Trace a doll shape on each child's page, using the template you made from Leader Resource 1, Paper Doll
Tell the children they may each cut out their own paper doll and color or decorate their faces, hair, or clothes as they wish. As children begin working, engage them in a discussion to draw out their individual gifts — what they do well.
Try not to give the children words. Ask open questions, such as:
Walk around to talk with each child until each has identified two things they do that are special — two of their gifts. Write one word to describe each gift on the wrapping paper squares. Then, direct children to glue the squares to the hands of the paper dolls that they have decorated to represent themselves.
You may wish to invite the children to place their completed paper dolls on the Creating Home labyrinth to symbolize their willingness to share their gifts as they worship and learn together. You may also like to ask congregational staff or lay leaders where you might display these paper dolls in or near the congregational worship space, as a reminder of the gift that children are to common worship.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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