Lesson Two

Kindness

 

Buddhism
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Buddha

Christianity
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience.

Colossians 3:12

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
Ephesians 4:32

Baha'i Faith
O Son of Spirit
My first counsel is this:
Possess a pure, kindly and radiant heart,

Baha'u'llah

 

Discuss: What kindness means. How the children see kindness practiced in their daily lives. How kindness is practiced in your class. What various situations would look like without kindness. Why kindness is important.

Books that reinforce the theme of kindness
(Books can be previewed @ http://www.amazon.com)
If you don't want to purchase books, consider requesting them at your local library.

Nico & Lola By: Meggan Hill
Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed By: Emily Pearson
Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler By: Margery Cuyler

 

Activities to reinforce the theme of kindness
Remember to plan enough time for the children to help clean up after each of their activities. It's another opportunity for them to put into practice the virtues they're learning.

  1. Heart Hunt Game: To go with the pure, kindly and radiant heart quote
    Preparations before class: Cut out hearts of various sizes. The more hearts you have the more fun and exciting this activity will be. For younger kids you might make hearts out of construction paper. For older youth you could consider using nicer paper such as scrapbooking paper. Helpful hint: When cutting out hearts save a lot of time by stapling several sheets of paper together and cut out several at one time. Consider using various colors of paper in your printer if you'd like the hearts different colors. Before class hide hearts around the room or yard where class will be held. The kids will search for hearts. When they find a heart it becomes their possession to keep. Remember to give guidance as to where they are and are not allowed to search. Once the kids have collected their hearts you can proceed into the arts and crafts activity which is decorating the hearts they've found. Consider holding back several hearts during that heart hunt so they can be offered to children who may not find as many so they can use them for the arts and crafts activity.
  2. Simple Dry Erase Activity: To go with the pure, kindly and radiant heart quote
    Draw hearts on a large dry erase board. Label some pure, kindly or radiant. Label others with words like: unkind, selfish, lies, rude etc. Explain that the activity is to keep only the pure, kindly and radiant hearts. Have the kids take turns choosing and erasing the hearts that aren't pure, kindly or radiant. Once there are only pure, kindly and radiant hearts left they might have fun embellishing them.
  3. Memory Game: To go with the pure, kindly and radiant heart quote
    You can make this game ahead of time or have the children make it in class.
    Make a simple version of a memory card game by cutting hearts out of one color of construction paper. Plan on more or less hearts depending on how many kids will be playing the game. You might want to divide a large class into smaller groups. Label the underside of several hearts PURE, KINDLY or RADIANT. Make even numbers of the pure, kindly and radiant hearts so they always have a matching pair. Label the other hearts with various things which aren't as positive such as: unkind, selfish, lies, rude etc. The negative hearts should be one of a kind and have no match to make a pair. The game is played the same as a regular memory game. When kids find a matching pair of the pure, kindly or radiant hearts they get to keep those hearts. When they turn the negative hearts over they don't want to possess them so they turn them back over really quick and leave them. At the end of the game the kids posses only pure, kindly and radiant hearts.

 

Arts and Crafts Ideas
Consider printing the quote that goes with your lesson so the children can attach it to their projects.
  1. Decorating Hearts from the Heart Hunt or Memory Game
    Decorate hearts collected in the heart hunt and/or memory game using crayons, markers, stickers, ribbons, lace, sequence, buttons, paints, glitter glue, etc. Different sizes can be layered. Punch holes and attach ribbons to create beautiful hanging decorations.
    Consider doing this lesson on or before Valentine's Day and encourage kids to use the hearts as beautiful Valentines.
    *Quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    Deuteronomy 6:5 - "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."
  1. Beaded Heart Ornaments: To go with the pure, kindly and radiant heart quote
    Twist ends of two pipe cleaners together and string with beads. Twist opposite ends together to form a circle. Bend circle into shape of a heart.
    *Quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    Deuteronomy 6:5 - "Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength."
  1. Candles Posters: To go with the thousands of candles quote
    Have the kids cut candles out of a variety of construction paper or scrapbooking papers to illustrate the Buddhist quote. Candle flames can be made using scrunched tissue paper or streamer paper. Add a little sparkle with glitter glue.
    *Quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    "The world of humanity is filled with darkness; you are its radiant candles."
    Abdu'l-Baha
  1. Cardboard Tube Candles : To go with the thousands of candles quote
    Have the kids cover empty cardboard tubes with construction, tissue or scrapbooking papers to illustrate the Buddhist quote. Candle flames can be made using scrunched tissue paper.
    *Quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    "The world of humanity is filled with darkness; you are its radiant candles".
    Abdu'l-Baha
  1. Fabric on the Outside / Virtues on the Inside Vests
    To reinforce the lesson on Colossians 3:12 Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Encourage the class to bring paper grocery bags to class. Let them turn the bags into fun vests by cutting the front opening, neck and arm holes. Have a lot of extra bags available in case it takes a few creative tries before they're happy with the results. Have them write the virtues on the inside and decorate the outside with markers. Or even more fun give them fabric scraps to glue to the outside. The fabric works especially well when the outside of the bag has store logos that need to be covered.

    *Similar quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    "The spiritual love of God maketh man pure and holy and clotheth him with the garment of virtue and purity."
    Abdu'l-Baha


Music

  1. "Listen" Teaching Peace CD By: Red Grammer see @ http://www.amazon.com/
  2. "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
  3. "Jesus Loves the Little Children"

Snack Ideas
Remember to plan for hand washing or provide antibacterial wet wipes.

Snacks inspired by the Heart quote
  1. Make simple cheese or peanut butter and
    jelly sandwiches. Cut them out with heart
    cookie cutter. Serve sandwiches as if
    they're a puzzle that can be taken apart
    and put back together.

  1. Before class, make sugar cookies and frost with a simple glaze made of powdered sugar, a few drops of vanilla extract, and just enough water to make it easy to spread. It's best to plan ahead and frost the cookies at least one day before to ensure the frosting has enough time to harden completely before class. After the frosting hardens the kids can decorate the cookies with Food Writers edible decorating markers. Food Writers work just like regular markers and are available in many grocery stores and most craft stores or Walmart.

  2. Pretzel Candles to go with the "Thousands of candles" Quote
    Have the kids coat pretzel rods with melted white chocolate and decorate with sprinkles. Using the melted chocolate as glue, attach pieces of gum drops or dried fruit, cut in the shape of a flame, to the top of the candle. Candles can be propped up to dry by punching holes in a box or turning a heavy weight paper plate upside down and punching holes for the pretzels to set in.
    *Quotes from other religions that this project works well with:
    "The world of humanity is filled with darkness; you are its radiant candles".
    Abdu'l-Baha

 

Service Project Ideas

  1. Take decorated heart sugar cookies to a local homeless shelter, nursing home or women & children's shelter. Call your local shelter or nursing homes ahead of time to find out what their needs are and if it's suitable to bring your class. Get permission from all the parents/guardians before taking children on any service projects and have parents accompany the class to provide adequate adult supervision.


2011 The Gift of Virtues.com