Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Chalice Children: A Program about Our Unitarian Universalist Community for Preschoolers

Activity 4: Story

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

Preparation for Activity

  • Using Leader Resource 1, practice telling the brief story of the flaming chalice in your own words.
  • Optional: Choose a story from the following suggestions:
    • A Cup of Light by Pamela Baxter, 2010. Include this book as many times as is appropriate to help young children understand the symbol of the chalice. Children of this age like repetition as reinforcement and reassurance. This is also a good book to suggest to parents as an addition to their home library.
    • The Peace Book by Todd Parr. The Peace Book delivers positive and hopeful messages of peace in an accessible, child-friendly format, featuring Todd Parr’s trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes.
  • Review How to Read a Story Book, under Resources in the Introduction.

Description of Activity

Hold the chalice in your hands. Tell the story of the chalice symbol, in your own words.

If you are also reading a story book, hold up the book and say, in these words or your own:

Here’s how I am going to read the story. Does anyone need to move so that they can see and hear?

This will help the children get settled and move if they need to before the story is started, so they don’t interrupt the reading. It also serves as a reminder that if they stand or sit right in front of the pages, no one else can see. Invite them to find a place so that everyone can see. When all are ready, read the story. When you finish reading, ask if anyone has thoughts about the story that they would like to share.

Including All Participants

Make sure children with hearing or sight difficulties are near the reader.