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Myself/Identity

Activity Myself/My Identity/Uniqueness Time dependant upon size of group and whether discussion starts

Age Range: 3-11yrs

Equipment

  • Card board, scissors, pens,
  • Paper,pens, big sheet paper 
  • Old roll of wall paper, paint, crayons . 

Hands and Feet

  1. Introduce the idea of our own uniqueness e.g. “Do you cherish God within you, so that love may grow in you and rule your life” Questions and Counsel 1988
  2. In pairs discuss the differences in each other such as height, hair colour, clothing, likes and interests.
  3. Draw around each others hand and or feet and cut them out.
  4. Write on your own hand/foot cut out things about yourself that you have shares or write on your partners what they have shared.
  5. Share anything you like that is appropriate with the group. 
  6. Put these hands and feet on the wall in any way you wish, it may be a pattern or in age order or hand size.
  7. Re read Advices and Queries. 

My whole self today

  1. Roll out the wall paper and draw around each other the whole person, you may wish to do a few children at a time or everyone during one session.
  2. Whilst drawing point out the positive and unique features of this person. 
  3. Paint this image of the person as they are today, cut them out and stick them on the wall dated and then this can be repeated in the following year and changes noted. 
  4. Discuss what is special about each person. (Helen Still November 2003)

Twenty questions

  1. Cut out about 20 pieces of paper into the size of your average card game.
  2. Divide these cards out amongst the group. 
  3. Write down questions that you would like to find out about the others in you group that make them unique. Eg. What is your favourite season? What type of rain do you like? 
  4. In turns ask the group members the questions. 
  5. Some of the questions may start a discussion

How would you react?

  1. Using the same format of pieces of paper the same size as playing cards, think up scenarios which may be have affected you and write these down on the paper.
  2. Put all the scenarios in a box and pull them out one at a time and see how others would react to the situation.

 Guess Who? 

  1. Each person writes down on paper their favourite food, TV or radio programme, sport, drink, and book.
  2. These are then cut up and placed in a box or tin. 
  3. The group leader then reads one at a time and the others have to guess who wrote it.

Using “Quakerism”.

  1. Using the letters of the word Quakerism or Quaker each person writes down a description or something about themselves using each letter, dictionaries are allowed with Q.
  2. Read this list to the others in the group.
  3. Design a poster with all the words used and the word Quakerism/ Quaker 
  4. Do any of the words fit in with being a Quaker?.

Describe them?

  1. In your group one person is asked to sit with their back to the rest. 
  2. This person is then asked to describe what another person in the group is wearing. 
  3. Each person takes a turn to describe something about another member of the group. 
  4. As an alternative you can ask the group to describe some of the adults in Meeting and write down what they are wearing, their hair colour etc and then check this at the end of Meeting. (We also measure the heights of the children twice a year and market on the wall as a way of noting change, the children love looking back to see how they have grown.)
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