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Activity time: 10 minutes

Preparation for Activity

Description of Activity

Children will have an opportunity to share personal stories about moving and re-establishing home.

Use the following introduction, in your own words:

Count how many times Naomi moved to a new home in the story. (Enumerate the moves, including moving in with Boaz.)

How many times did Ruth move?

By now, children have been sitting still for the story and some discussion. Some may be restless. You may want to ask a volunteer to be Naomi and a volunteer to be Ruth. Gently position each child in a different location in the room to represent the places Naomi and Ruth lived in the story.

Now say:

Has anybody ever moved before? Sometimes leaving your old home for a new one can be hard. Sometimes it can be exciting. Would anyone like to tell us about a time when you moved?

If several children volunteer at once, you may want to set the order of speakers. You could go by the order in which their name stones sit on the labyrinth or follow an alphabetical order using the first letters of their names.

As children tell their stories, point out similarities and differences. Thank all the children for sharing their stories.

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