In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather the group in a circle. Using a book, website, and/or printed story ("Owen and Mzee"), or any combination, tell the children about Owen and Mzee. In this story, children will hear about two animals who established a family home in an unusual way.
Invite the children to play the same memory game they played in Activity 3: Memory Game, but with a twist. Remind the children that before, they matched pictures that looked the same. Now, challenge them to think of connections between unlike pictures. You may say,
Now that you have heard about Mzee and Owen, you can make some connections that are not about being exactly alike. You can see the connections between everyone and everything involved. We are all connected to each other in ways that sometimes we don't even know.
Spread out the cards so all can see them. Ask for a volunteer to find two pictures that are not the same, but can go together because they are connected by something in the story.
You may need to prompt with an example: Stephen Tuei and Paula Kahumbu both have jobs where they help the animals at Haller Park , so they could be a match. Owen could be a match with Mzee, the fishing net, or the ocean where he was stranded. The map of Kenya could be matched with any other card, since the story occurred in Kenya .
Allow as many children as possible to contribute their ideas. As long as a child can articulate the connection he/she understands, there are no wrong answers.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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