In "Toolbox of Faith," a Tapestry of Faith program
If you are going outside, take the group to the sunny location you have chosen.
Invite each child to inflate and tie a balloon. For added drama, have players fill balloons one-fourth full of water. Form two teams. Ask each team to attach all of its members' inflated balloons to a wall or fence, using string.
Then, have the children in each team line up, one behind another, facing their own team's balloons.
Give the first person in each line a magnifying glass. Instruct them to burn a hole in the balloon they inflated, using the intense beam of light created by a magnified sun ray.
Say "GO!" to start the first people of each team to direct enough light from the sun, via the magnifying glass, to burn into the balloon and pop it. After a child breaks his/her balloon, tell them to pass the magnifying glass to the next team member and run to the end of the line.
The first team to break all its balloons wins.
Form small groups of two or three. Give each participant a sheet of paper and each group a magnifying glass. Have participants place their paper on the sidewalk or pavement. You may suggest they place stones on each corner of their paper to keep it from blowing away.
Tell the group:
Taking turns, each person will hold the magnifying glass so that the sun shines through it and makes a dot of light on the paper. Keep adjusting the magnifying glass slowly until it makes the smallest and brightest dot possible. Hold the glass until the paper begins to burn. As the paper starts to scorch, move the dot slowly to form your own first initial. This takes time, so be patient.
As the children become proficient at making letters, have them try a collective drawing. Allow each participant to add a line or dot.
Or, have children work together to write on a single sheet of paper. Passing it along, each person adds another scorched letter. You can form teams, and invite each team to try to spell a word.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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