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 for the Wonder Box.)
  • Leader Resource 1, Helping around the Earth
  • Optional: Toy farm animals

Preparation for Activity

  • Print Leader Resource 1, cut out the picture of people holding hands around the Earth, and place it inside the Wonder Box.
  • Optional: Gather some toy farm animals to place in the Wonder Box.

Description of Activity

With the children still in a circle, ask them to guess what could be in this big, beautifully wrapped box. Take some guesses. Then, open the box, take out the picture, and ask: What do you see in this picture?

Elicit responses. If the Wonder Box also contains toy animals, ask the children to identify the animals, and then say:

In a little while, you will find out how you could help a child you don't know get a farm animal which would, in turn, be a big help to their family.

Today we will be talking about the gift of helping. There are many ways to help and every day brings more chances to help.

Ask the children to name ways they have helped or could help someone else. They will probably talk about helping someone else in person. Affirm all answers. Then say:

You can help your mom or dad clean the house. You can help friends build something when you are playing. Today we will be talking about another kind of helping. We will talk about helping people who we have never met. How do you think we can help people we have never met?

Elicit some responses. Tell them:

An important part of being a Unitarian Universalist is we work for peace and justice in the world, which means we try to make the world fair for everybody. If things were not fair for you, you might appreciate some help, wouldn't you? Well, we can help make things more fair for other people. We can even help people we have never met. One way to help is to give money to an organization that helps others who live in another part of the world. Another way to help is to volunteer to work in a place that helps people or animals, for example, a food pantry, or an animal shelter. Today we will read a story about an organization that helps people by giving farm animals to families.