Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Circle of Trees: A Multigenerational Program about Nourishing Deep Connections with Nature

Welcoming and Entering

Part of Circle of Trees

Materials for Activity

  • Leaf name tag template, and construction paper, scissors, hole punch, and yarn
  • Bold markers

Preparation for Activity

  • Make leaf-shaped name tags for all expected participants and co-leaders, plus a few extra. (Free printable leaf template patterns are available on the Digital Card Fun website.) Trace the patterns on construction paper. Cut out the patterns, punch a hole in each, and string yarn through to make a necklace.
  • Write your name tag, as an example, and put it on. Throughout the program, be sure to wear your own name tag, to include introductions at the beginning of each workshop, and to encourage all participants to wear their name tags; this will alleviate the anxiety of people of any age who have difficulty remembering names!

Description of Activity

This activity reinforces the importance of learning participants' names. Being able to greet one another by name is a fundamental practice of hospitality and an important part of building strong relationships among group members.

Have each participant choose a leaf name tag and write their first name on it with a bold marker.

Including All Participants

Assist any participants who have trouble writing or gripping a marker.