In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
Collect all the fish, shuffle them, and place them on the floor in a single layer, with magnets up and names facing down. Invite each person, one at a time, to use the magnetic fishing line. You may say:
It is your turn to go fishing for a friend.
Once a fish is attached to the fishing line, ask the person to identify which friend is caught, find that person, and greet him or her by saying, "Good morning (or afternoon), (name of person whose fish was caught). Welcome to Moral Tales."
Then invite the friend who has been welcomed to fish for a friend. Repeat until everyone has been welcomed. Gather the fish at the end and keep for another time.
This exercise leads each person to extend and receive welcome. The random element of fishing adds suspense and prevents children from choosing who they will welcome and greeting only their particular friends in the group.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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