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

Activity 3: Reflection And Expression

Activity time: 22 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • CD or tape of meditative music, and player
  • Blank paper and color markers for drawing
  • Small oval, circular, or rectangular mirrors for all participants
  • Permanent markers in a variety of colors, craft decorations, scissors (including left-handed scissors), and glue

Preparation for Activity

  • Obtain meditative music such as Pachelbel's Canon, classical guitar solos, Native American flute music (R. Carlos Nakai, for one), quiet harp or zither music, Zen flute music, or other music suggested for meditation.
  • Obtain small mirrors for all participants to decorate, permanent markers in a variety of colors, and craft items that will adhere to a mirror's surface such as stickers and glitter glue - all available at an arts and crafts store. See the Resources section for sources for small mirrors.
  • Set out the mirrors and decorating materials on worktables.

Description of Activity

The children experience using expressive media in a meditative atmosphere, as they draw in response to their own inner reflections and decorate a personal mirror to keep.

Gather the group in the Council Circle space. Tell them what to expect. You may say:

I'm going to put on some quiet music and ask you to listen to the still, small voice inside of yourself as the music plays. What images does the music bring to mind? Use the next few minutes or so to draw something that you see in your mind's eye or hear in that still, small voice. Perhaps it will be an abstract expression, or maybe a picture of something. Any questions?

Answer any questions. Then ask the participants to get into a comfortable position for listening and drawing. Distribute blank paper and color markers.

Play the music. After a few minutes, invite the participants to withdraw from their reflective mood by turning down the music briefly and telling them they have 30 seconds more to draw. Use your judgment about how long the participants are engaged in this activity.

When you turn off the music, invite participants to share an image that came to mind, or how the reflective experience made them feel. Allow some discussion.

Direct the children to the worktables where you have set the mirror-decorating materials. Ask them to choose a mirror to decorate and take home as a reminder that reflection is a tool of our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Note: Permanent marker can be rubbed off the mirror's surface with a finger until the marker ink dries, which takes about an hour.

Suggest that the children refer to the drawings they have just made, or even cut out and paste parts of their drawings, to decorate their mirrors.