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Activity 4: Reflecting on Beauty

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Drawing paper on clipboards for all participants, and a variety of implements such as color pencils, crayons, markers, chalk, or pastels

Preparation for Activity

  • Plan to lead this activity directly after Activity 3, Eyes on Nature, preferably in the same outdoor location.

Description of Activity

After each child has had a chance to be a Camera and a Photographer, gather all the children together to share their favorite nature “photo.”

Ask the children to describe the “photos” they took. Ask questions such as:

  • I wonder if anything you photographed surprised you.
  • Which was your favorite kind of shot?

Offer the children paper and drawing implements and invite them to recreate their photos. You can also invite them to reenact a photo, especially if their framing captured motion or activity in nature.

Allow time for participants to share their art work with one another. Optional, but recommended: While most children will want to take their pictures home, you might invite them to give their pictures to congregants who are ill or receiving pastoral care. Ask the director of religious education or the appropriate pastoral personnel to deliver the pictures.  Be sure to have the children sign their names.

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