Activity 1: The Wonder Box
Activity time: 5 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Wonder Box (See Session 1 for instructions.)
- Items obtained from nature, such as acorns, fallen leaves, pine cones, twigs, wildflowers, grass, green leaves, in-season fruit or vegetables
Preparation for Activity
- Place items from nature inside the Wonder Box.
Description of Activity
With the children still in a circle, show the Wonder Box and invite them to guess what gift could be in this big, beautifully wrapped box. Take some guesses. Then pass the box around for children to open and find the items inside. Ask if anyone recognizes the items and where they have seen them. Allow some comments.
Elicit ideas about what this session's intangible gift could be. Responses that include references to the outdoors will help lead the discussion to protecting the outdoors. You can say:
These are items from nature. Why is nature important to us? Why is it important that we respect and take care of the environment?
Allow some comments. Then say:
We want to protect the Earth because the Earth is the only place that human beings can live. We share the Earth with all of nature. It is important that we protect nature and everything in it. Protecting nature is a way to protect ourselves and make sure we have someplace to live.
As Unitarian Universalists, we think it's very important to always be aware that we are part of everything on Earth, and we must protect all the life we share our Earth with.