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In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather participants in a sitting circle with an undecorated treasure box that has a visible knot or imperfection and a decorated treasure box, if you have made one. If you decorated your own, show the children what you did. Then show them the undecorated treasure box. Ask them briefly how its blemish could be turned into something beautiful as part of decorating the box. Be sure they understand that the point is not to hide the imperfection or paint over it, but to use it in making something beautiful.
When participants seem to understand the idea, have them go to the work tables, select a treasure box, and decorate it—turning its blemishes into beauty. Circulate among them while they work. Ask questions such as, "How could that crack be turned into something beautiful?" Tell participants they will have a chance to share their work with one another in the closing circle.
Optional: When they are done, have each child choose some gemstones or a crystal to place in their treasure box.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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