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In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity will focus the children on a kindness someone else has shown them and give them the experiences of reliving, documenting, and sharing the story of how that felt.
Gather children at work tables and distribute a paper plate with a fist-sized lump of clay on it, a pencil or several toothpicks, and a plastic sandwich bag. Tell them they will now have a chance to make a lasting image of a positive memory, just as Mussa did in the story. Say, in your own words:
Shape your clay into the shape of a rock. Push into the clay with your pencil to write or draw about something that someone else did for you, out of kindness.
Help individuals who need it to think of something to write about or draw. Help children choose a very few words to represent their story, so their writing will not be too laborious and the words will fit on the clay rock. As they work, invite children to share their stories and images with the other, telling briefly about the particular experience that they wish to remember.
Invite the children to take home their clay rocks. Tell them the clay will harden quickly once it is removed from the sandwich bag. Suggest that when it dries, they share it with their family members. Remind them that by etching in clay that will harden, they are keeping the memory of kindness forever, as Mussa did.
Offer to etch words in the clay for any reluctant writers or any child physically incapable of etching. Etch a short phrase or simply the name of the person who was kind to the child, and encourage the child to etch a picture to illustrate the happy memory.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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