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Activity 2: Story, Supriya's Bowl

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Rhythm instruments including a triangle, a tambourine, hand drums, rhythm sticks, finger cymbals, and one or more additional percussion instruments
  • Masking tape and marker

Preparation for Activity

  • Read the story. Assess what instruments you will need so everyone will have an instrument, and obtain the instruments. Makeshift percussion instruments are fine.
  • Write these words on masking tape and attach pieces of tape to the corresponding rhythm instrument:
    • PAIN or HUNGER - Rhythm sticks
    • CHILDREN - Triangle
    • ADULTS - Merchants, woman, etc.
    • BUDDHA - Hand drum
    • SUPRIYA - Finger cymbals
    • EVERYONE or ALL PEOPLE or WHOLE COMMUNITY - All other instruments

Description of Activity

This story engages participants in a Buddhist story about sharing in our communities.

Gather participants in the large group area. Distribute rhythm instruments and explain that each instrument represents a phrase or word in the story. Help participants identify the instrument they are holding, read the label you have written, and anticipate when to use it during the story.

Read the story, pausing to invite participants to sound instruments as directed. After the story, process using these questions:

  • Why did no rain mean no food?
  • Why were the people fighting over food?
  • Why did someone say the poor should go to another village?
  • How did Supriya plan to get food for the poor?
  • How did this community take care of each other?
  • How did this community show peace and equality?

Including All Participants

Assign instruments according to abilities so children at all developmental stages are given an opportunity to succeed.

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