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In "Windows and Mirrors," a Tapestry of Faith program
In this game, children experience how everyone's gifts and talents together comprise a community.
Form family groups. Have each family choose a slip of paper from the basket; each slip has a common working machine on it (blender, washing machine, car, etc). Each family will work together to "create" the machine, with each person as one part of the machine, complete with motion and noises.
Have all families practice their machines at the same time, taking care not to "peek" at the other families.
After about three to five minutes, call all the children together and have everyone sit down. Ask for each family unit to come to the front of the room one at a time. Invite them to demonstrate their machine without talking or making sounds; the other families must try to guess what machine they are. If the audience has trouble guessing, ask the performers to add sound. After each group performs, clap and cheer.
Ask if they know how this game relates to gifts and talents we are born with. Point out that each person in the family machine had a specific job to do to make the whole machine function. Each of us has different gifts that we should use to make the community stronger, better, more fair, more beautiful.
Make sure children in small groups respectfully find jobs for all individuals in the group. You may gain a powerful "teachable moment" from how groups incorporate the different physical abilities among them.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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