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Activity 2: New Friends Big Book

Activity 2: New Friends Big Book
Activity 2: New Friends Big Book

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • 11x17-inch sheets of paper for all participants
  • Two 12x18-inch sheets of poster board
  • Crayons, color markers, color pencils
  • Permanent black marker
  • A single hole punch
  • Yarn and scissors

Preparation for Activity

  • Stack the copy paper and poster board together and punch four evenly spaced holes down the left side.
  • Use the poster board as covers and tie yarn loosely through one hole temporarily to show the participants how the book will look. Write the title "New Friends" on the front in large letters with the permanent marker.

Description of Activity

Participants talk about meeting new people and how to show them they are important (first Principle).

Gather children together around the table. Show them the empty book and explain:

Today we will fill the pages of this book together. Then we will read the book.

Put the book down and lead a discussion with these questions.

  • Have you ever gone somewhere new?
  • How does it feel when you are a new person?
  • How do others treat a new person?
  • What does it mean to welcome others?
  • Whether you are new or not, why do we need to show others that they are important? Give some examples of how you might show new friends they are important.

Continue, in your own words:

Today we are going to make a book about showing new friends they are important. Each of us will make one page for the book. Then we will put the book together and read it.

Show them how you untie the book and hand each child one blank page. Ask each participant to draw a picture showing a way they might show a new friend they are important. Ask participants to fill up their whole page with their picture.

As children color, travel around the room and ask each participant to tell you about their picture. Write one statement in permanent marker as a caption for the page that uses the participant's own words. For instance, if Tiana says, "This is a dog" you might write, "Tiana lets her new friend see her dog" or "Tiana will let everyone see her dog." Look for ways to use the participant's words in a short statement that uses words from the title and the first Principle.

When children are done, put all the pages together. Let participants see you tie the yarn through all four holes. You may want a final page that says "the end" as many kindergarten and first graders can read those words. Engage children in cleaning up materials. Then, re-gather the group and read the book to the participants. Have all participants write their names on the front cover under the word "by."

Including All Participants

Older first graders may want to write their own sentence or at least a few words. Some participants may say that they do not want to color. Spend time talking through possibilities with those who do not know where to start. Leave the drawing open-ended so participants can draw their ideas.

For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

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