In "Moral Tales," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather the children at work tables where they will make modeling dough. Say, in your own words:
Today we are going to have the chance to be generous, like Uthman ibn Affan. We are going to make modeling dough and give it to our younger friends, brothers, and sisters here at our congregation. If they want us to, we can help them make something with the modeling dough after we give it to them.
Ask the children to imagine how the younger children might feel when they receive this gift. Encourage them to think about the younger children and imagine their happiness while they make the modeling dough.
Distribute smocks and tee shirts; ask children to put them on. Form groups around each mixing bowl, and assist each group to measure ingredients (except the food coloring) into their bowl. Invite the children to take turns mixing and kneading their batch of white modeling dough in the mixing bowl.
If the modeling dough is too sticky, add flour. As groups finish, help them divide their batches of modeling dough into smaller portions, one for each child in the younger group you will visit. Place each small portion on top of a piece of waxed paper.
Invite each child to choose a color he/she thinks a younger child might especially enjoy. Let the children add food coloring to a portion of the modeling dough and knead it on the waxed paper. To minimize the food coloring mess, make an indentation in the modeling dough for the food coloring and cover it over before kneading.
If there are more younger children than older ones, have a few volunteers add food coloring to extra portions of modeling dough. If the younger group is smaller, invite the children to suggest recipients for the extra modeling dough, such as other young children in the congregation. Or, the children may like to donate the modeling dough to the congregation for use by any group. If so, you may like to invite the Director of Religious Education to this or another session to receive this gift.
Place finished modeling dough in the plastic bags or plastic containers, and seal the bags or containers.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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