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Activity 3: Giving Time as a Gift of Love
Activity time: 28 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Newsprint, markers, and tape
- Items to share with younger children such as Easy Reader books, simple craft supplies, easy puzzles, modeling clay, or board games such as Candyland or Chutes and Ladders
Preparation for Activity
- In consultation with your religious educator or the appropriate lay leaders, arrange for the children to spend part of this session giving the gift of their time to a younger group of children.
- List the activities you have planned for the children to do with the younger children on newsprint, and post.
Description of Activity
Tell participants they are going to give the gift of time to the younger children. Point out the items you have gathered for this purpose and ask for volunteers who might like to read a story to younger children; help younger children with a craft, modeling clay, or a puzzle; or play a game with younger children. Record their choices on newsprint; each child should sign up to do at least one activity.
Have the children help you carry the supplies to the room you are visiting.
Enjoy an informal play time. Allow the children to switch activities if they wish. If the older children get distracted from their role, redirect them toward ways they can share time with a younger child.
Leave time to invite the children to help you gather the supplies and tidy up the younger children's space.
Return to the meeting space and ask the group to discuss their time with the younger children, with these questions.
- How did you like giving your time to the younger group?
- What is different about giving an object and about giving time?
- What are some ways you can give the gift of time to people in your family? How might you use the time differently if you gave it to someone in your family, instead of using it for playing, as you did with the younger children today?