In "World of Wonder," a Tapestry of Faith program
In this role playing activity, the children work together to create with their bodies one large (and noisy) tree while learning the purpose of each part of the tree. It is wonderful to do outside, preferably among other trees, but can also be done on a patio, in a field, or indoors.
Form six groups—trunk, bark, leaves, roots, flowers, and seeds—and designate a small number of pollinators (these can be co-leaders, or children). Explain that you will tell them what motions and sounds to make for their tree part, but they should wait until you sound the chime or rain stick to indicate that everyone has become part of the tree.
Introduce the purpose of each tree part as you describe the motions and sounds for each:
Sound the chime to start the process of building a tree. The group has created an adult tree and with it, seeds to grow many more trees in the future. As time allows, build the tree a second or third time, with children taking different parts.
Process the activity with questions such as:
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Last updated on Friday, May 17, 2013.
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