In "Sing to the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program
Ask the children if they know a way to make a sand castle on the beach. Affirm that one can heap up piles of sand, or form large shapes with buckets. Tell them that patience and persistence, added to sand and water, can build beautiful, delicate fairy castles.
Give each participant a plate to build on, and a bowl of sand, with enough water added to cover the sand. Demonstrate: Take a handful of wet sand and hold it over a plate in a loose fist with the thumb up. Squeeze drops of very wet sand onto the plate so they accumulate to build a structure. Encourage participants to experiment with how much water to allow to drain from their hand, back into the bowl, before dripping the sand onto the castle. After participants have experimented with creating individual sand castles, they may wish to work jointly on building a larger castle on a cookie sheet or baking tray.
As participants work, or after they are done building the castles, invite them to reflect on the experience:
Invite participants to think of building justice in their community or in the world as an activity like building a drip sand castle. Why does it sometimes go slowly? What individual drips of effort have you seen people make toward building justice?
Participants who are uncomfortable getting their hands wet and sandy can try the activity using a scoop and a turkey baster or funnel.
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Last updated on Tuesday, August 21, 2012.
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