In "Creating Home," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity helps children discover hands-on the meaning of the word "legacy" as something that others have left behind for you.
Ask if anyone knows what the word "legacy" means. Confirm any definitions children suggest that are correct, or close. Tell the group you will show them what a legacy is like.
Provide each child with a sheet of scratch-art paper and an implement sharp enough to rub off the top, black crayon layer (but not too sharp).
Invite the children to use their implement as if it were a pencil for drawing, and rub off the black layer of crayon. Suggest they think about a design they would like to make, such as stripes, circles, a flower, or a sun. As they rub off the top layer of crayon, they will reveal the bright colors underneath.
As children work on their pictures, explain that legacies are things left behind by people who came before us. Sometimes discovering a legacy can be a pleasant surprise — like scratching off the top color of our paper and finding many other colors underneath. Our ancestors — family members who lived before us — can leave us different kinds of legacies.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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