Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- 8.5" X 11" sheets of paper
- Color pencils and/or markers
Preparation for Activity
- If you will have time after this activity (approximately 45 additional minutes), and youth want to put their designs on real tee shirts, do the Preparation for Activity steps in Alternate Activity 4, Making Message Tee Shirts.
Description of Activity
Announce that it is WIT Time, when each youth says "What I Think"- this time by designing personal tee shirts with their own Unitarian Universalist messages about the connection of people to everything else.
Distribute the handout and pencils and/or markers. Ask youth to design a tee shirt that shows how they in particular, UUs together or people in general can and should connect with the rest of the Universe. Say they can use any words or graphic designs they like. Remind them that earlier they made concentric circles showing how they are connected beyond themselves (Activity 2), heard the story of Henry Bergh's work with animals and talked about how connection creates community and requires responsible action. Which ideas have spoken strongly to them? What ideas about connection do they most connect with? For example, how we connect with and treat animals, a particular meaningful connection with other people or an idea about a particular responsibility to people or other living things with which we are connected. Perhaps they will start with a slogan, perhaps a drawing; it is up to them.
Allow youth a moment or two to begin. If some seem to be struggling for ideas, you might suggest as starting points these words: like, love, help, support, care, Earth, environment, responsibility, UUs believe, dependence and interdependence. Appropriate illustrations to use might be a web, a vegetable garden, hearts, hands linked with other hands or hands linked with paws.
When the creations are complete, let youth share their efforts with the group. Consider displaying the designs where others using the room can see them. If you plan to have youth use the designs to make real tee shirts (Alternate Activity 4), collect the designs and put them with the other Alternate Activity 4 materials.