Activity time: 5 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Taking It Home
- Optional: A rug made by a participant in Activity 3
Preparation for Activity
- Download and adapt the Taking It Home section and copy as a handout for all participants (or, email to parents).
Description of Activity
Explain that the session is almost over and the group will now work together as a community to clean the meeting space. Ask everyone to first clean up their own area and the materials they were using, and then clean another area or help someone else. Make sure participants know where to put unfinished rugs and project materials. If you wish, invite a volunteer to hang their rug on the Rainbow Wall Hanging. They might attach the rug to the hanging with a few strands of its fringe or with an extra length of yarn.
When the entire meeting space is clean, bring the group back to the circle. 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 the spirit of service when we... " and ask anyone who wishes to fill in a word or phrase.
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 you have prepared. Thank and dismiss participants.