Connecting to a specific story of a person's life (Tapestry of Faith)
In "," a Tapestry of Faith program
- Find an interesting person to present to the children and connect an activity to that life.
- Example: Buckminster Fuller, a Unitarian who created the geodesic dome
- To create sacred space, gather photos of various natural or human-made sacred spaces. and a photo of a geodesic dome. Ask the children what makes a space "sacred" and which of the photos are sacred space for them. Their answers will vary depending on their ages and how you talk about the word "sacred." For younger children you may wish to build a tent or other special structure for them to sit in. Play music to begin the session while they sit in the tent together.
- Assemble activities for children to choose from and work on individually or if with a partner, and play soft music as they create.
- Making a collage of sacred spaces with images from magazines
- Drawing a picture or design of a sacred space
- Creating a 3-dimensional sacred space with marshmallows or soaked peas and large toothpicks
- Building a sacred space out of boxes, blankets, or table cloths
- Have children set up their sacred spaces or pictures of sacred spaces where they can easily be seen.
- Walk around as a group having children only say what they like about the design.
- Have children who made a design or collage say something about what is sacred for them.
- Talk briefly about Buckminster Fuller and his designs.
- Close with a song.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
- Spirituality and the Arts in Children's Programming
- About the Author(s)
- Chapter 1 - The Adult as Guide
- Chapter 2 - Ways to Help Children Find and Make Meaning
- Connecting to a concept such as our first principle, respecting all people, using the visual arts
- Connecting to a specific story of a person's life
- Connecting to a theme such as getting along together in peace using story and drama
- Connecting to a process such as group-building using movement
- Using the arts in opening and closing rituals or as warm-ups
- A general schedule
- Chapter 3 - Practical Keys to Working with Children
- Chapter 4 - How to Talk to Children about Their Arts Experiences
- Chapter 5 - Ways and Means Constructing Your Own Arts Activities
- Chapter 6 - Written Arts
- Chapter 7 - Drama, Movement, and Dance
- Chapter 8 - Concluding Remarks
- Making Music Live