In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program
A multigenerational group shares alternative birthday party ideas.
Invite participants of all ages to move to the table set up for the month of their birthday. Have each table introduce themselves to each other and give their birthday; see if anyone shares a birthday. Optional: have a list of "Famous" Unitarian Universalists with birthday in that month.
After a few minutes of conversation, introduce the World of Wonder program. Then, tell or read the story, "Enough Stuff." Share the ideas the group recorded on newsprint in Activities 4 and 5 and ask that tables talk about birthdays parties they have had, attended, or would like to attend that have an element of any of the 5 Rs: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot. Ask the volunteer facilitator to jot down ideas to add to the newsprint.
After ten or fifteen minutes of discussion, start the party by asking those who have baked cakes to briefly describe the cake they brought (ingredients, etc.) and on which table it is. Ask everyone to rise in body or spirit and join in singing "Happy Birthday to Us." Invite everyone to have a piece of birthday cake at their own table or at another if they prefer a different flavor.
Optional: Extend the event by showing the DVD to adults while the children engage in games or activities that have been suggested by participants—at this gathering, or at another time.
When the cakes have been eaten, ask all participants to help clean up.
Close by asking the World of Wonder children to lead participants in the song "We've Got the Whole World in Our Hands."
Share the photos or video with the children, next time the group meets.
Make space at work tables to accommodate people who use wheelchairs.
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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