In "Love Surrounds Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
This Faith in Action activity shows how we come as individuals into a community surrounded by love with the purpose of doing good in the world.
As children enter, welcome them and invite them to drop their pennies one by one in the bucket. How does it sound when the pennies hit the bucket?
Gather participants in the large group area and say, in these words or your own:
Today we are having a Magic Penny Party to celebrate our UU Principles and our community. A penny is a part of a quarter just like we are a part of a community. Each of you brought pennies today. What sound did those individual pennies make when they hit the bucket? Plunk, plunk, plunk. We're going to play some games that use individual pennies. At the end of our time together, we will dump all the pennies into a big container and see what all the pennies sound like. Then we'll count the pennies and donate them to the American Red Cross. There will be an adult to help you at each station. So let's have some fun.
Use pennies from the container at the door to play the games. While you explain the activity to participants, a co-leader or adult volunteer can put 25 pennies in the container at each station to start the games.
Reserve 15 minutes at the end to bring all the pennies from plastic jugs, pie plates, sauce pans, and buckets to the middle of the large group. Dump the pennies into the largest container. You might say:
Wow! When we put all our pennies together how does it sound? I wonder how many pennies we have here. Let's work in small groups and count the pennies.
Form small groups and give them 10 minutes to count and wrap pennies, with adult help. (It won't be a perfect count; you may not get all the pennies counted.) Re-gather the children and process with these questions:
When we all work together, does more get finished? When we are in community we can make a loud difference. Just like all those pennies.
How should we post the number of pennies so everyone in our whole community knows what we collected?
Send a check for the amount of the pennies to American Red Cross National Headquarters, 2023 E. Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006.
Have several small paper bags with fewer than 50 pennies for children who did not bring pennies from home. Direct children with physical challenges to the stations where they can succeed.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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