In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
The children make Vegan Dog Treats and package them in gift bags. The children can give the biscuits to a local animal shelter or sell them as a fundraiser for a no-kill animal shelter, an animal protection organization, or a guide dog training school.
If the children are making the Vegan Dog Treat dough, have the group work together to measure and assemble the ingredients. Then set up smaller groups for rolling dough, cutting out the shapes and placing biscuits on cookie sheets. Before baking, use wax paper to separate layers of uncooked biscuits.
Have all the children wash their hands in preparation for working with food. While they work, talk about the importance of caring for animals. Ask them in what ways pets depend on their owners to take care of them. Invite children to list different responsibilities someone with a pet may have, such as feeding, walking, and bathing their pet and taking the pet to the vet. Tell the children about the shelter or guide dog training school that will be the recipient of their gift of biscuits or money.
It may be helpful to have additional adult or high school youth volunteers on hand for this activity, especially if the group is large, includes children with high energy or children who have trouble focusing.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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