Materials for Activity
- Handout 1, Tree of Life Coloring Sheet
- Markers or crayons
Preparation for Activity
- Copy Handout 1 for all participants.
- Place coloring sheets (Handout 1) and crayons/markers on work tables.
Description of Activity
This activity is appropriate when participants do not arrive in a group but arrive individually before the session begins.
Welcome children as they arrive. Invite them to sit down and fill the branches of a Tree of Life coloring sheet with all the life they know of that shares Earth with us. A second co-leader should greet new parents and explain the plans for the day.
Give children time to share what they have drawn, before you begin the session.
Including All Participants
This is an excellent time for co-leaders to notice the abilities and temperament of each child. Note how they respond to you. Are they shy and reticent? Are they anxious and jumpy? Invite a parent to share any concerns and pertinent information, including information about children's allergies. Do you have a sign-in sheet? As the children settle in, co-leaders should review the names of the children attending and share any issues that may need special attention during the session.