Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Faithful Journeys: A Program about Pilgrimages of Faith in Action for Grades 2-3

Activity 4: Peace Pinwheels

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • One pencil with attached eraser and one straight pin for each participant, plus some extra
  • Copies of Handout 1, Peace Pinwheel Template and Instructions, for all participants, plus some extra
  • Scissors (including left-handed scissors), color pencils or markers, and glue sticks or tape to share

Preparation for Activity

  • Make copies of Handout 1. Copy on different colors of paper for a varied array of pinwheels.
  • Read the pinwheel instructions and make a practice pinwheel, so you can confidently help children make their own.
  • Optional: Watch a video online that shows how to make a peace pinwheel.
  • Optional: Invite a few extra adults to help the group do this activity.
  • Learn about the Pinwheels for Peace project from Leader Resource 2; find more on the Pinwheels for Peace website.

Description of Activity

Distribute materials at work tables, including a handout with the peace pinwheel template or a square of color paper for each participant (hold on to the pins and pencils until children are ready to assemble their pinwheels).

Invite children to decorate the pinwheels and draw pictures or write words expressing their hopes and prayers for peace. Then, help them cut out the pinwheel template and assemble their pinwheels.

Including All Participants

Children who are not able to write may dictate their thoughts to a leader or draw their hopes and prayers for peace.