In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity develops empathy, self-awareness, and trust, tools that can help children dissipate anger they may feel toward someone else.
Form pairs of participants and arrange them so they face a partner. Tell them they will take turns to mirror each other’s hand and arm movements as closely as possible. Explain that the idea is not to stump the other person, or to go so fast their partner cannot follow. The goal is to mirror each other as much as possible.
Have one person be the leader and the other the mirror for a couple of minutes. Then switch.
Optional: Use music to evoke different moods for the hand movements. Include music that evokes anger or music that sounds sad. If you use thematic music, be sure to talk afterward about the emotions the children were expressing.
Follow up with questions:
If any child will be unable to see the hand movements, have pairs place their hands palm to palm and mirror with their eyes closed.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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