Each Sunday, I teach a class to 5-9 year-olds at our local Baha’i Sunday School. Though it’s definitely work, I enjoy it immensely. The kids are sweet, funny, and a little obnoxious, as most 5-9 year-olds are. And I enjoy the challenge of trying to boil down complex spiritual concepts into concrete nuggets the kids can digest.
Each week, we focus on a virtue. This week it was HONESTY. We worked through the meaning and implication of this quote from the Baha’i writings, going over what the words mean and why it’s important to be truthful and honest.
“Beautify your tongues, O people, with truthfulness, and adorn your souls with the ornament of honesty.”
While the kids colored, I read a story from Baha’i history about a man whose honesty won the heart of an official who’d previously been prejudiced against the Baha’is. Then we also read this book:
It’s a very cute take on “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” story, and always a big hit with the kids.
Then, to go along with our quote of the day, we made “ornaments of honesty” using a craft I modified from a Brilliant Star
activity. (This would actually make a great Valentine’s Day craft as well.)
First, we made individual trays of salt dough – equal parts salt, flour, and water.
That was a very messy business. I thought the kids would love the messiness aspect, but they were surprisingly squeamish. Go figure.
Once their dough was sufficiently mixed, they pressed it onto pieces of cardboard. We used a cookie cutter to make a heart shape (to tie in the idea that honesty is one way we show love to others). Then I had them pick one color from a big stash of beads to outline their hearts.
After that, they used beads to create their own unique mosaic inside and outside the heart.
Finally, we punched a hole for the kids who wanted to hang their ornaments, and sent them home in a Ziploc bag (the crafts, not the kids). They’d air dry them at home.
All in all, it was a pretty fun lesson. (And a great way to use up the gazillion beads we’ve collected over the years.) I think next time I’ll mix up the dough beforehand, though. Save myself some mess and drama. 🙂
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