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Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Taking it Home

Preparation for Activity

  • Download and adapt Taking It Home and copy as a handout for all participants (or, email to parents).

Description of Activity

Explain that the session is almost over and that we will now work together as a community to clean the meeting space. No one should sit in the circle until the meeting space is clean.

When the group is gathered, ask them to cross their arms in front of their body before taking the hands of the people next to them. Say "We are tied together in helping one another when we ... " and ask anyone who wishes to fill in a word or phrase about how we are tied together by helping. When everyone who wishes to share has done so, open the circle by having everyone, while still holding hands, turn to their right, so that everyone is facing out and no longer has their arms crossed in front of their body. (Be mindful of participants' physical mobility; use this closing activity only if you are sure all children can comfortably participate. As an alternative, simply invite the entire group to hold hands.)

Distribute copies of Taking It Home that you have prepared. Thank and dismiss participants.

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