Activity 2: Story - Sitting on the Answer
Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Copy of the story, "Sitting on the Answer"
- Optional: Fidget basket (see Session 1, Leader Resource 2, Fidget Objects)
Preparation for Activity
- Read the story so you will be comfortable telling it.
- Optional: If you have a basket of fidget objects for children who will listen and learn more effectively with something in their hands, make the basket available during storytelling. See Session 1, Leader Resource 2, Fidget Objects for a full description of fidget baskets and guidance for using them.
Description of Activity
Children discuss a story about finding answers.
Read or tell the story.
Process the story with these questions:
- Did the stranger know the box contained something valuable?
- Why do you think the beggar had never looked in the box?
- Have you ever had a problem solved in an expected way, by something or someone you did not think could solve it?
- How does this story relate to our brainstorm about finding answers to big questions? Could we be sitting on some of our own answers, without even knowing it? Is one place to find answers your own experiences?
Including All Participants
You may wish to make fidget objects available to children who find it difficult to sit still while listening or can focus better with sensory stimulation. For a full description and guidance, see Session 1, Leader Resource 2.
Consider using rug squares in the storytelling area. Place them in a semi-circle with the rule "One person per square." This can be very helpful for controlling active bodies.