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 instructions in Session 1.)
  • A toy heart with arms and legs, or a picture of an embodied heart Leader Resource 1, Heart Person

Preparation for Activity

  • Print out Leader Resource 1, cut out the image, and place it in the Wonder Box.
  • Optional: Obtain a toy heart figure that resembles a person for the Wonder Box. You can find some online. Likely sources may be a community health clinic, a heart disease prevention organization, or a physician practice.

Description of Activity

With the children are still in a circle around the chalice, invite them to guess what could be in this big, beautifully wrapped box. Take guesses. Then, open the box; take out the heart figure and say:

Does anyone know what this is? Why do you think the heart resembles a person?

Allow comments. Then say:

Today we will talk about the gift of ourselves. What does it mean when we give the gift of ourselves? Remember, it is an intangible gift. So we are not talking about giving someone our arm, or our left toe. We give them who we are when we pay attention to the person we are with. Each of us has a heart and when we give our love, caring and attention, we are giving the gift of ourselves.

Including All Participants

Do not mention body parts that may be lacking by any child in the group.