Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Taking it Home
Preparation for Activity
- Decide how you want the children to cut apart the Rainbow Wall Hanging. Consider how the hanging is constructed, the items on it, and the number of participants in the group (the more participants, the smaller the piece each can take home).
- Download and adapt Taking It Home and copy as a handout for all participants (or, email to parents).
Description of Activity
Gather participants in a circle. Indicate the Rainbow Wall Hanging and say, in these words or your own:
We have spent some time together, at times literally tied together. We have let the Blake covenant guide us to explore many ways we are connected to each other, our families, our congregation, our friends, our communities, and others beyond. Now that our time in this program is ending, we can each take a piece of our experience home with us. Not to undo the ties that connect us-that cannot be done-but so that each of us can remember those ties when we are apart.
Explain how you would like the children to select and cut pieces of the wall hanging. Hand the scissors to one of the participants and invite them to cut and remove a piece to take home. Then encourage that participant to give the scissors to the next person in the circle, who can then cut and remove a piece.
When everyone has returned to the circle with a piece of the wall hanging, ask them to cross their arms in front of their body and then take 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 the promises we have made to one another in this group-that is, a covenant. 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.