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In "Toolbox of Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program
For Listening Boxes
Emphasize that in all of these games, the better participants listen, the better they will succeed.
Explain that in this game, participants use listening skills to identify matching pairs. Ask participants to shake the boxes (gently) and guess the contents. Then tell them there are pairs of shakers with the same contents. Ask them to identify matching pairs.
Invite participants to sit in a circle. Designate one child to be the "Wise Master" and stand or sit in the center with eyes closed (or, wearing a scarf tied around the eyes). Other participants chant:
Master, Master, do you hear?
Someone's coming very near!
A participant picks up one item and drops it on the floor. After hearing the sound, the "Wise Master" tries to guess which item was dropped.
To take turns, allow each "Wise Master" to continue guessing until they guess an item correctly — or until they guess one wrong. Or, give each "Wise Master" three items to guess and then choose a new "Wise Master."
Sounds in the Room
Have the participants close their eyes (or tie scarfs around their eyes) and take turns identifying a sound you make using everyday objects in the room. Try:
Invite participants, one at a time, to make a sound and have the others guess what it is.
Take participants on a listening walk around your facility, both indoors and (weather permitting) outdoors. Invite them to form pairs. If they are comfortable, have one person cover their eyes with a scarf while the other leads. What sounds are in the congregational office? Do you hear different sounds in the kitchen? What sounds are outside? Have pairs switch roles, and return to the meeting space — perhaps by a different route.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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