Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Love Will Guide Us: A Program for Grades 2-3 that Applies the Wisdom of the Six Sources to the Big Questions

Activity 4: Universe Seed Art

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A large quantity of seeds in a variety of shapes and sizes, for example, garden seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, milkweed pods, and beans
  • Trays to hold the seeds, preferably with dividers to separate the types of seeds (egg cartons would be ideal)
  • Craft glue
  • Sheets of oak tag or cardboard for all participants
  • Pencils

Preparation for Activity

  • Place seeds in trays, divided by type of seed.
  • Set trays on work tables with the craft glue and oak tag or cardboard.

Description of Activity

Gather participants in a sitting circle and say in your own words:

Love is a central force in Unitarian Universalism. It is what guides us like the North Star. It's pretty amazing to think that love was part of the universe right in the very beginning. We are going to make pictures by drawing what love looks like unfolding in the universe with a pencil and then gluing seeds on the drawing.

Move to the work area and instruct participants to draw their image of love unfolding in the universe on their oak tag paper and then glue seeds onto it. Allow children to interpret the question however they wish. Some might want to draw spirals; others might draw hearts or pictures of loving relationships. There is no right answer or image. If children are finding it difficult to create an image, you might ask:

  • What do you imagine love looks like?
  • What do you imagine it looks like when things come into the universe?
  • How might you draw what it feels like to love?
  • Can you think of a good symbol for love?