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

Activity 1: Wonder Box

Activity time: 5 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Wonder Box (See Session 1 for instructions.)
  • A chalice and/or a picture of a flaming chalice

Preparation for Activity

  • Place the chalice inside the Wonder Box.

Description of Activity

Use the Wonder Box to activate participants' curiosity about today's intangible gift: the gift of spirit.

With the children still in a circle around the chalice, ask them to guess what could be in this big, beautifully wrapped box. Take some guesses. Then, open the box, take out the chalice, and say something like:

Does anyone know what this is? Have you seen this someplace, before?

The children should recognize the chalice from the sanctuary or their own group space. Say, in your own words:

Today we will talk about the gift of spirit. What does spirit mean?

Elicit responses. Affirm that spirit is something intangible which we share with one another in a faith community. Say:

Our Unitarian Universalist congregation is a faith community. When we are together here in Wonderful Welcome, we are a faith community. We share who we are, what we need, what we believe is important, and how we can help one another. All of that is part of our spirit.