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In "Riddle and Mystery," a Tapestry of Faith program
Have youth create paper-plate turtle shells with thoughtful and artistic content and use them to explore the idea of "turtles all the way down." You can have the youth work individually or in pairs.
Show the youth where to get supplies and where to make their turtle shells. Distribute Handout 2 and review the instructions with the group so everyone understands what to do.
When all have finished their turtle shells, let volunteers share with the group. Give special attention to the inside art—the items youth would want in their own turtle-shell homes, and the big questions they think turtles might ask.
If you have time, ask the group to make a turtle tower by stacking all their turtle shells together. Remind them of the story's idea of "turtles all the way down." Lead a discussion with these questions:
Mention that turtles are found in the creation myths and folktales of many cultures; share any examples you have found.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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