Activities and themes about God's Family provide opportunities to teach students about people from different places, different backgrounds and different cultures. Exposing children to diversity gives you the opportunity to teach them that all people are members of God's Family, no matter the colour of their skin, the language they speak or the country in which they live. Preschool activities and themes for teaching about God's Family allow you to teach that God's love is for all people, everywhere.
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This activity can be done in a single session or broken up in short sessions over several days. Explain to children that in order to travel around the world, you must have a passport and your passport is stamped in each country you visit. Provide children with pocket-sized notebooks and tell them the notebooks are their passports. Tell children that during this activity they are going to meet members of God's Family who live in different countries. Do a brief "visit" to each country by teaching students important facts about the culture. Provide a symbol from each country; for example, you might cut a large four-leaf clover from construction paper to represent Ireland. Take photos of the children with the country's symbol and print the photo. Allow the child to paste the photo into the passport book.
This activity is a good way to remind children that they are a part of God's Family and that God's Family is made beautiful because of all different kinds of people. Have children look around the room and ask them to see if everyone looks different. Some people may have the same kind of hair or the same colour skin, but tell children that everyone has fingerprints that are like no one else's in the world. Roll out a large piece of paper and fill bowls with different colours of finger paint. You should have red, orange, yellow, green and blue paint. On the paper, draw five arcs for a rainbow. Allow the first child to dip her hand in the red paint and make a red hand print on the top arc to begin the rainbow. Each child will then take a turn adding his hand print to complete the project. You will have five arcs -- one of red, one of orange, one of yellow, one of green, and one of blue -- on top of each other to complete a rainbow.
Send a note home with students and ask parents to help students compile a poster using photographs, magazine clippings and other materials that tells about the individual family's history and culture. Explain to children that while God's Family is made of many different kinds of people, each family on earth is different from other families. On the day the children are assigned to bring their collages back, set aside a time for a presentation of the collages by the students. Allow time for students to have a discussion about the differences they see in the families and how despite these differences each individual family is made up of people who are part of God's Family.
As you pursue themes and activities based upon multiculturalism, make your classroom reflect the diversity that is present in God's family. Make sure posters displayed include people of different racial and cultural backgrounds. Books and music in the classroom can reflect different cultures, as can the toys you provide for children. If you have dolls as part of your classroom toys, make sure you have dolls that represent several different cultures.
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