Activity 3: Weaving God's Eyes
Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Craft sticks (popsicle sticks), two for each participant; a variety of colors of yarn
- Optional: Toothpicks, two for each participant; a variety of colors of embroidery floss
Preparation for Activity
- Consider the manual dexterity of the children in the group. Decide whether to provide craft sticks and yarn for large-size God's Eyes, toothpicks and embroidery floss for smaller God's Eyes, or both sets of materials so participants can choose which size to make. Obtain the supplies.
- Make a sample God's Eye to show the group.
- Set out materials.
Description of Activity
Show the group the sample God's Eye you have made. Tell them:
God's Eyes, or "ojos de dios", are a traditional craft of the Huichol Indians of Mexico and the Aymara Indians of Bolivia. This depiction of Divine sight can be an emblem of seeing the truth in all situations, and of ever-present love, even in the face of difficult truths.
Invite the children to make their own God's Eyes:
1. Cross two sticks, one over the other, in the shape of a plus sign. Tie them together by wrapping yarn around the plus sign, making an X.
2. Secure one end of the yarn with a knot on the back of the sticks.
3. Continue wrapping the yarn around the X, weaving over and under the crossed sticks. You will start to see a pattern-a series of diamond shapes, all tight up against each other, with no gaps between.
4. To switch colors, cut the yarn, tie a new color of yarn to the end, and continue weaving.
5. Keep weaving, over and under, changing colors as you wish. Stop as you approach the ends of the sticks, so the woven yarn will not slip off the edges.
6. To finish, wrap the yarn several times around the top stick, and then tie a loop of yarn which you can use to hang the God's Eye. Wrap the end of the yarn around the top stick a few more times, and then tie a knot in the back.
Allow participants to make more than one God's Eye if there is time.
You may wish to invite volunteers to hang a God's Eye on the Rainbow Wall Hanging, now or during your Closing. Or, encourage participants to display their God's Eyes in their rooms when they get home, as a reminder to look on their own actions with both honesty and self-love.
As children finish, ask them to reflect on what a God's Eye could mean. Ask:
- What would it feel like to have all your actions seen by someone who always knows the truth, and who always regards you with love, whether you tell the truth or not?
Including All Participants
Some participants will have the dexterity to create a God's Eye with toothpicks and embroidery floss, while participants who have more difficulty with fine motor skills can weave a God's Eye using craft sticks and yarn.