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

Alternate Activity 3: Clay Symbols of Unconditional Love

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Self-hardening clay or modeling dough
  • Smocks (large, old T-shirts are a good substitute)
  • Newspapers or drop cloths

Preparation for Activity

  • Cover work tables with newspaper.

Description of Activity

Have children sit at work tables and give each participant a handful of self-hardening clay or modeling dough. You may say:

As Unitarian Universalists, we believe all people have inherent worth and dignity. That means we think all people are important. We believe people are important even if they sometimes make bad choices or do wrong things. The first Universalists taught that God loves all people unconditionally - no matter what.

Invite the children to use the clay or modeling dough to make a symbol of love or to express what it feels like to be loved even though you are not perfect.