Activity 5: Finding Your Thread In The Interdependent Web
Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- A large ball of thick yarn (at least eight yards of length per participant)
- Scissors (at least one pair)
Preparation for Activity
- If you have a skein of yarn, roll it into a ball.
Description of Activity
Invite participants to form a circle. Explain the activity using these or similar words:
I'm going to hold on to the loose end of the yarn and toss the ball to someone across the circle. As I do, I'll name a way that I feel connected to that person.
Demonstrate the action described above. Invite the recipient to follow suit:
Now it's your turn. Hold on to the strand of yarn while you toss the ball to a new person. As you do, name a way that you feel connected to that person.
Encourage participants to continue the process until everyone is holding on to part of the "web."
When everyone is included in the web, invite participants to raise the web above their heads to see its beauty. Ask them to pull backward gently to feel its strength.
While continuing to hold on to the web, invite participants to describe the beauty and the strength they have found in interdependence - not only interdependence with other individuals, but also with humanity as a whole, animals, and the natural world.
Pass around scissors so that participants may each take home a piece of the web as a memento of their connections within this community.
Including All Participants
Invite the group's creativity in making this activity accessible for all participants, regardless of ability.