Welcoming and Entering
Materials for Activity
- A variety of color markers or crayons
Preparation for Activity
- Arrange newsprint and markers or crayons on work tables.
Description of Activity
This activity is for congregations where participants do not arrive in a group but individually before the session actually begins, and the expectation is that children will arrive at different times. Welcome participants as they arrive and gather them in groups of three or four around newsprint and markers. Invite each small group to draw a picture together.
A second co-leader should greet any new parents and explain the plans for the day and any arrangements for pick up.
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.