Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Toolbox of Faith: A Program That Helps Children Discover the Uses of Faith

Welcoming and Entering

Materials for Activity

  • Small pieces of scrap wood, enough for all participants
  • Pieces of sandpaper for all participants
  • Optional: A Slinky
  • Optional: A sheet of paper, a permanent marker, scissors, and clear tape
  • Optional: Toolbox of Our Faith poster

Preparation for Activity

  • Obtain pocket-size scraps of wood, such as thin-cut disks sliced from tree branches. You will need one for each participant and an extra for the poster.
  • Set the materials on a worktable.

Description of Activity

This section is intended for the time before the beginning of a session when participants arrive individually over a period of time (that is, "straggle in").

Welcome participants. If you are using sandpaper as the tool of the day, invite participants to choose a small scrap of wood and smooth its edges with a piece of sandpaper to create a small "worry rub." Tell them they can keep the "rub" in a pocket to massage, as a stress releaser. Invite a participant to make one for the Toolbox of Our Faith poster. With a permanent marker, write "Humor" on the piece of wood and tape it to the poster, along with a scrap of sandpaper.