Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Sing to the Power: A Social Justice Program for Children Grades 4-5

Alternate Activity 2: Personal Connections Poster

Activity time: 15 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Drawing paper, 11x17-inch
  • Plain pencils and color pencils

Description of Activity

Participants understand the connections that surround and ground them, by creating a visual depiction.

Distribute paper and set out pencils for children to share. Invite children to write their own name in the center of a sheet of paper. Then ask them to use a plain pencil to write the names of as many people as they can think of who matter in their life. This might include family members, friends, teachers, members of their sports team, scouting group, or band, people who work at shops they frequent, congregation members, neighbors, etc. Encourage children to spread the names all across the page and leave as much room as possible between names. Once you see most of the children have written many names, ask participants to use color pencils to draw lines to connect the names of everyone who knows one another. Mention that every name on the page will need a line to them (the person making the poster). Tell children to also draw lines between their family members, between their friends who also know one another, between neighbors who know one another, between congregation members who know one another, etc.

Encourage the children to take their artwork home and post it where it will remind them of the connections that ground them.