In "A Place of Wholeness," a Tapestry of Faith program
Gather the group on one side of a rope. Explain that in front of them is a hot chocolate river that is too hot to swim across, too deep to walk across, and too wide to jump across. The challenge is to get everyone across the river by using the marshmallows that you provide for them. Give the group two "marshmallows" to begin with. Tell them that the other challenge is that the river's current is so strong that the marshmallows will float away if someone is not holding them down with a hand, foot, or other part of their body. If anyone touches or falls into the hot chocolate river, they have to start over. Tell them that every time they get another person across the river, you will give them another marshmallow.
Leave the group to work and reason together to get everyone across the river, keeping an eye on them to make sure that they remember the rules—marshmallows must have a hand/foot/body part on them at all times, and anyone who touches the hot chocolate must go back.
When everyone has made it across the river, congratulate them on overcoming the challenge. Lead a discussion using the following reflection questions:
This activity may be difficult for participants with limited mobility. Consider adapting it so that there are bigger "marshmallows" or choose not to use this activity if all participants cannot participate.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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