In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program
Go for a nature walk to seek evidence of the web of life. Encourage children to notice the different plants, insects, and animals you see along the way. Talk about ways these living things interact and depend on one another. If you find spider webs, look at them with your flashlights, magnifying lenses, and dental mirrors. Point out how intricate, beautiful, and delicate they are. Teach the children to treat them gently and leave them untouched so the spiders can catch their food. Encourage gentleness with any creatures and plants you encounter. Invite participants to place any interesting non-living items they find in their paper bags, such as acorns, stones, or leaves. When you return from the walk, invite children to share the items they collected. Discuss how these items connect with the living things on the interconnected web.
If a child is afraid of spiders, allow the child to establish their distance from them; do not push a child to get closer than is comfortable. Reassure the child that the spiders you are looking at are not poisonous and will not bother people unless we scare or hurt them. Model calm and fascination.
Find out about any relevant allergies among the children (e.g., bee stings or pollen) and plan accordingly. If any participant uses a wheelchair or has limited mobility, limit the walk to a fully accessible outdoor location (e.g., paved paths).
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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