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Alternate Activity 1: Family Picture for Your Kitchen Wall (15 minutes), Session 8: The Gift Of Families

In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • Drawing paper and markers or crayons
  • Color construction paper larger than the drawing paper
  • Glue sticks

Preparation for Activity

  • Set materials at work tables.

Description of Activity

Tell the children:

What if we all had a picture on our kitchen walls to remind us to show respect and care for one another. What kind of a picture do you think might help your family remember to be respectful and caring?

Allow some suggestions. Offer the idea that some children might want to draw a picture of people in their family being kind and caring to one another. As children present their ideas, affirm all family structures and relationships that are mentioned.

Then distribute the drawing paper. Invite the children to draw a picture that they can post on their own kitchen wall to remind them and their family members to share their intangible gifts such as love, respect, kindness, invitation, and caring.

As children finish their drawings, help them write a few words to explain what the picture is about. To frame each drawing, glue it in the center of a larger sheet of colored construction paper.

Including All Participants

If you are prompting children with ideas about what to draw, avoid language that assumes anything about children's family structures and the roles different people might play.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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