In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather participants in a seated circle. Ask participants what they know about how one should behave around your animal visitor(s). Establish firm guidelines based on the species you will visit with. Guidelines should include:
Based on the size of your group and the species and numbers of animal visitors, you might allow the children to play with the animals in an informal, unstructured way, or structure the visit: For example, select one child at a time to interact with the animal. If your group is large, form two smaller groups and have one group observe the animals and draw pictures of them while the other group interacts with the animals. Have the groups switch half-way through your time.
Before meeting each animal visitor, ask the children what they know or expect about how this animal will communicate.
As the children interact with the animals, ask questions like:
Find out whether any of the children are allergic to particular animals. If so, find a different species of animal visitor or choose an alternate activity.
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