While sharing is vital to harmonious play, it's not something that comes naturally to most children. The concept of sharing, like so many other life lessons, must be taught to be understood. Sunday school teachers can practice this skill with their pupils by engaging them in simple, church-themed sharing activities. Once students see the value of sharing first-hand, they will be more likely to engage in the practice.
Teamwork Cross Creation
Pair students up and ask them to share a pencil and a piece of paper while creating a cross. To prepare for this activity, print off sheets of dot paper. When the Sunday school students arrive in class, pair them up. You can let the students select the pairs, or pair off based on problems that you have noticed in class. Provide each group with a pencil and a sheet of dot paper. Tell each group that they must create a cross by connecting the dots on the paper. Their cross can be as big or as small as they wish, just so long as they work together to make the figure. Explain to the students that they must each only connect two dots before passing the pencil on to their partner. Allow the students to work together, creating their crosses cooperatively. Once they have completed their work, provide them with art supplies and let them work together to decorate their creation. Ask the students to sign their names as co-creators of the cross and hang the images on a classroom bulletin board or wall.
Pluses and Minuses to Sharing
Allow students to see how happy sharing can make people by engaging in a "pluses and minuses of sharing" activity. To prepare for this activity, count out a number of index cards equal to the number of students in your class. Divide the cards in half, labeling one half with plus signs and the other half with minus signs. Purchase a bag of candy. When students arrive in class, give them each four pieces of candy, but tell them not to open or eat the sweets. After giving the students the candy, explain to them that they are going to have to use their sharing skills to complete an activity. Provide each student with one of the plus/minus cards, without looking at the symbol that the card contains. Once every student has a card, ask the student to look at the symbol on their card. Tell the students that if their card has a minus, they must give one of their pieces of candy to a student who has a plus on his card. After the students have made the trades, recollect the cards, shuffle them, and redistribute them. Continue trading and passing out cards until students have gained practice in sharing. As the activity ends, allow students to open and eat their candy.
Sharing Has Its Rewards
Encourage sharing by engaging students in a sharing competition. Create a poster that contains the names of all students in the class. When the students arrive for class, explain to them that they are going to put their sharing to the test by engaging in a competition. To win the competition, students must share as graciously and frequently as they can. Tell the students that they are actually going to be the ones who determine who wins the contest. Explain to students that whenever they see someone share, they can come up to the poster and put a tally under the sharing student's name. Set a time frame for the competition. The student who has the most tallies at the end of the allotted time wins the game and gets a special prize.
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