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

Activity 5: A Wonder Box To Give

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Cardboard shoe boxes or other small boxes with a bottom and lid for all participants
  • Plain or construction paper, glue sticks and tape, scissors (including left-handed scissors), colored markers, and decorating materials such as stars, animals and other fun and colorful images

Preparation for Activity

  • Set paper, markers, tape, glue and decorating materials on work tables.

Description of Activity

The children will make their own Wonder Box to give to someone special in their lives. In Session 1, The Gift of Love, they pretended to give gifts to one another by passing the empty Wonder Box around. In this session, they "fill" a Wonder Box of their own to give an intangible gift to someone else. You may wish to remind them of the earlier activity to reinforce the meaning of intangible gifts.

Give each child a box with a lid. Say:

Today we are going to make Wonder Boxes. We are not going to fill them with anything we can see. We will fill them with an intangible gift. It will be your choice of which intangible gift you want to give to your special person. You can give the gift of love, caring, helping, learning, or whatever quality of yours you choose, to whomever you want to give the gift of yourself.

Have them wrap the lid and outside bottom of the box with the construction or plain paper. You may have to help them trim the paper and tape or glue it onto both parts of the box. Once the paper is secure, invite the children to decorate their Wonder Boxes.

Invite the children to talk while they are working on the boxes about which gift they will give and to whom.