Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Wonderful Welcome: A Program for Children Grades K-1

Spiritual Preparation

Today, children's outdoor play is more limited than that of previous generations in terms of where they can go, what they can do, and how long they can stay outdoors. Children with little direct experience of the outdoors may find it hard to understand the seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle — the interdependent web of life.

Think about your free time spent as a child. Where did you play? Did you have time after school to just be outdoors with neighborhood friends? Did you have lots of adventures exploring? What sense memories do you have from these times, such as the feel of pine sap, the smell of a meadow, the color of the sky at dusk? Before leading this session, reflect on positive experiences you had playing or simply being outdoors when you were a child. Share that energy with the children today.