Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Leader Resource 1, Paper Doll
- Blank paper or construction paper, any size, for all participants
- Scissors, including left-handed scissors
- Crayons or markers
- Shiny gift wrap paper with plain paper on one side
- Optional: Arts and crafts items such as yarn, buttons, glue, and stickers
Preparation for Activity
- Print out Leader Resource 1, Paper Doll and photocopy onto heavy paper or card stock. You may wish to enlarge the image as you photocopy.
- Cut out the paper doll shape to use as a template.
- Set crayons, markers, and other items for decorating paper dolls at children's work tables.
Description of ActivityIn this activity, children will identify two of their own special gifts. Children may have an easier time identifying the gifts of others than their own gifts.
Invite the children to each choose a piece of blank or construction paper to make a paper doll image of themselves. Trace a doll shape on each child's page, using the template you made from Leader Resource 1, Paper Doll
Tell the children they may each cut out their own paper doll and color or decorate their faces, hair, or clothes as they wish. As children begin working, engage them in a discussion to draw out their individual gifts - what they do well.
Try not to give the children words. Ask open questions, such as:
- What do you do best in school?
- What do you do best at recess?
- What do you do best when you are playing with your friends?
- What do you do best at your family home?
- What do you do best at our faith home?
Walk around to talk with each child until each has identified two things they do that are special - two of their gifts. Write one word to describe each gift on the wrapping paper squares. Then, direct children to glue the squares to the hands of the paper dolls that they have decorated to represent themselves.
You may wish to invite the children to place their completed paper dolls on the Creating Home labyrinth to symbolize their willingness to share their gifts as they worship and learn together. You may also like to ask congregational staff or lay leaders where you might display these paper dolls in or near the congregational worship space, as a reminder of the gift that children are to common worship.