Welcoming and Entering
Activity time: 0 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Mosaic gemstones, at least three per participant
- A colorful cloth
- A small notebook, approximately two by three inches, and a marker for each child who is new to the Gems of Goodness project
- Optional: Stick-on gems or other stickers for children who are new to the Gems of Goodness project
Preparation for Activity
- If this is the first time you will lead the Gems of Goodness project, or the first time some children will participate in it, review Session 2, Activity 8: Introduction to the Gems of Goodness project.
- If this is the last time Moral Tales will meet, consider whether you would like to celebrate the accumulation of children's acts of goodness in Gems of Goodness project. You may like to use Alternate Activity 4: Gems of Goodness Party in place of this one.
- For any children who have not yet participated in this project, have ready a small notebook, a marker for writing their names, and stick-on gems, stickers, or other decorations. Write the words, "My Acts of Goodness," on each notebook.
- Make sure you have a parent handout (Session 2, Leader Resource, Gems of Goodness Letter to Parents) for each new child.
- Place the colorful cloth on a table where all the children can see and reach it.
- Spread out the mosaic gemstones on the cloth.
Description of Activity
As children enter, greet them and direct them to the table with the gemstones.
Ask the children to choose one, two, or three gemstones to represent acts of goodness that they did or witnessed since the last time they came to Moral Tales. If any children are participating for the first time in the Gems of Goodness project, invite them to choose a notebook, write their name on it, and decorate it as they wish. Tell them they may also pick three gemstones to bring into the circle.