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In "Love Connects Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Form two teams and assign each a floor or table work space. Give one team the first puzzle and the other team the second puzzle. Tell the participants they will be asked to complete the puzzles with their teams and the first team to complete their puzzle will win. Ring a bell or chime and say "Begin."
At some point, the two groups will realize they have pieces which do not belong to their puzzle and they are missing pieces they need. Eventually they will understand that they need to work with the other group in order to complete their puzzle. Let them figure out a process for trading pieces. Once they do, they will further realize that both teams have pieces of a third puzzle. Let them figure out whether they need to complete the third puzzle for anyone to win, and what to do about it.
After the puzzles are all completed, take some time to reflect on the group's experience:
Remind the group, in these words or your own:
We may not always have all the pieces available when we set out to solve a puzzle or problem. Just like Judith Sargent Murray, it may be necessary to look around a bit, or even create resources to solve the dilemma. It may also require a new way of thinking such as what happened when your group realized the pieces were mixed up and a third puzzle was involved.
If any children are unable to participate in puzzle assembly on the floor, use tables instead. Children who lack the dexterity to fit puzzle pieces together may be able to help sort pieces by color and direct others to fit pieces into the puzzle.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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