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In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity involves imagination and interaction that model an important concept: A physical gift doesn't matter nearly as much as the feelings of giving and receiving.
If children seem to need a change from sitting in a circle, invite them to stand in a circle instead. Explain that each child will have the opportunity to give the Wonder Box to the person next to them. The person receiving the gift gets to imagine what the gift is.
A child will turn to the person next to them and give them the box. The person receiving the box will then tell the person what is in the box. For example:
Wow, thank you for the purple pet monkey you gave me!
To show the children how to play this game, leaders can receive the first gift and model an enthusiastic reaction.
When the box has gone around the circle, ask the children what it felt like to receive the Wonder Box. Ask how it felt to give a "gift" that made a friend happy because the friend got to choose what it was. If you have time, invite the children to pass the box again, in the opposite direction.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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