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Alternate Activity 2: Principle Pictures

Activity time: 30 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Blank booklets, one for each participant
  • Large, stick-on labels
  • Crayons and/or markers

Preparation for Activity

  • Use a computer to print the words "My Principles Drawings" on each label or write the labels by hand.
  • Stick a label on the front of each booklet.

Description of Activity

Children process the UU Principles by drawing creatively.

Gather participants at work tables. Explain that the UU Principles are the center of our UU beliefs. These Principles guide us in all that we do.

Pass out booklets and ask each child to write their name on the front (offer help, as needed). Tell participants they may decorate the covers later and invite them to open their books to the first page.

Read the first Principle aloud:

  • We believe each and every person is important.

Ask participants to draw a picture to illustrate this Principle. Allow 3-4 minutes; then continue the process, reading each Principle and allowing children 3-4 minutes to draw. Note: Participants may not have finished drawing a Principle before you read the next one; tell them they may choose to move to the next page and draw the next Principle or continue the drawing they are making.

  • We believe all people should be treated fairly.
  • In our congregations, all people are accepted and we learn together.
  • We believe each person is free to search for what is true and right in life.
  • Everyone deserves a vote about the things that concern them.
  • We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
  • We believe in caring for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us.

After you have read all the Principles, process using these questions:

  • Why is it important that we know all the UU Principles?
  • How can we use the UU Principles in our everyday life?
  • If someone asks you "What do Unitarian Universalists believe?" what will you answer?

Including All Participants

Allow participants to draw creatively. Younger children may mostly scribble while older children may draw elaborate scenes. Avoid setting the expectation of a right or wrong answer. Use comments such as, "I like the way you draw" to keep judgment away from the drawings.

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