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In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity addresses the needs of the kinesthetic (movement-oriented) learner by encouraging participants to express in movement and sound what they already know about animal communication cues and signals.
Gather in a standing circle. Ask the children whether or not animals talk. Allow a few responses. Then explain that while animals do not talk with words, they communicate in other ways. Invite the children to name a few examples (wagging tail, hissing, running away).
Tell participants you are going to play a game in which they will act out ways animals communicate. Explain that you will point to someone and give tell them an animal, and a feeling or situation. They will act it out with movement and sound. When you call "freeze," they should stop and you will point to another person and either repeat the same animal scenario or give a new one.
Play the game with these animal scenarios; add your own, if you wish. Keep the time spent on each animal brief.
Process the activity with these questions:
Affirm that Unitarian Universalists believe in the interdependent web of life. That means we are connected to animals, and we believe it is important to pay attention to their needs.
Gather in a seated circle if the group includes children with mobility limitations.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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