In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program
Make sure the children understand that their adult partner will take home the coffee can drum they make together. Remind them that they — the children — will go home with an intangible gift, the time they spent with someone in our community.
Form child/adult pairs to work together and indicate where they may sit at work tables. Try to form non-family pairs. Invite partners to introduce themselves to one another, or go around the room and have everyone say their name. Then say:
The children in Wonderful Welcome have talked about ways to give an intangible gift, like the gift of love. One way is by spending time making something together with someone, and another way is to make music with or for somebody. We're going to do both now.
Indicate where you have posted the getting-to-know-you questions for pairs to ask one another, if they wish. You may use these:
Invite everyone to use these questions to learn about one another as they decorate paper to wrap around their coffee cans. If the group is making shakers instead of drums, make the dried beans available.
Try to visit and help each pair as they work. Explain that the adult visitors may take home the musical instruments.
When everyone is finished, you may wish to gather the group to show their coffee can instruments and make music together. Invite everyone to help clean up and then celebrate together with a snack.
Try to avoid making family pairs, not only so children can spend time with an adult they do not know well, but also to minimize "left out" feelings among children who do not have parents present. If you will serve a snack, find out about the allergies and food limitations of all participants and plan accordingly.
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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