Alternate Activity 1: Spirit of Love Collage
Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Magazines, catalogues, and old calendars with colorful pictures and printed words to cut up for collage
- Large sheet of poster board or art paper to create collage on
- Scissors, including left-handed scissors, and glue sticks
- Hole punch and yarn
Preparation for Activity
- Gather a variety of magazines to use for the collage. Seek diversity in images of people and families. If you wish the group to focus on "spirit of love" interactions in your congregation, gather congregational photos (or publications with photos) that the children can cut up.
Description of Activity
Invite the participants to explore the ideas of this session by creating a collage of images and words which embody the spirit of love. Encourage them to think about many different kinds of love and how people show love for one another as they create their collage. Ask them to think about the love they have received as a heritage from their Universalist roots and consider how this love is manifest today in ways people interact at their Unitarian Universalist congregation. Invite them to depict this idea with words and images in the collage.
Use the hole punch and yarn to secure the finished collage to the group's wall hanging in your meeting space.
Including All Participants
If any children are unable to cut out pictures and word phrases, invite them to choose some for other participants to cut out and/or to help place images and words on the collage.