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In "Love Surrounds Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Participants each create and name an imaginary animal. They imagine its habitat and consider what it needs to live.
Gather participants at work tables. Tell them each bowl contains a part of a real animal. One has heads, one has bodies, and the other has legs or wings. Invite the children to choose one picture from each bowl and arrange their three pictures to make an imaginary animal that does not really exist on earth.
Then, invite them to build the animal using clay and choose a name for the kind of animal they have made. Ask them to think about what their animal eats and what kind of habitat it lives in. Explain, as needed, that a habitat is the environment where a living creature is at home and has everything it needs to survive.
When everyone has finished, gather participants to share. Ask each child their animal's name. Have them describe its size, color(s), habitat (where it lives), diet, and any other needs or habits.
After everyone who wants to has shared, ask:
Some participants may need help shaping their animal with clay. Others may welcome help thinking of names for the animal. During the sharing time, help participants describe their animal if needed.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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