Activity time: 5 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Taking It Home
Preparation for Activity
- Download and adapt Taking It Home and copy as a handout for all participants (or, email to parents).
Description of Activity
Explain that the session is almost over and that we will now work together as a community to clean the meeting space. Ask everyone to clean up their own area and the materials they were using first, and then to clean another area or help someone else. No one should sit in the circle until the meeting space is clean.
Then bring the group back to the circle. Ask them to cross their arms in front of their body before taking the hands of the people next to them. Say "We are tied together through helping one another when we... " and ask anyone who wishes to fill in a word or phrase about how we are tied together by helpful words and deeds. When everyone who wishes to share has done so, open the circle by having everyone, while still holding hands, turn to their right, so that everyone is facing out, and no longer has their arms crossed in front of their body.
(Be mindful of participants' physical mobility; use this closing activity only if you are sure all children can comfortably participate. As an alternative, simply invite the entire group to hold hands.)
Distribute copies of Taking It Home that you have prepared. Thank and dismiss participants.