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Practising spirituality with children, the Play-Way method


Practising spirituality with children, the Play-Way method

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We all have been given a mission to be spiritual companions to our children, grandchildren, and young friends. There are many blessings to be shared across the generations. We also can do more to respect and cherish children’s spirituality. How do we express it? Through creativity, sharing experiences, narrating stories, questions and much more.

“Practising spirituality with children-the Play-Way method” – is an attempt to reach out to the inner child in all possible ways the child would cherish. I would like to share learning approaches – art and craft, reading, group activities journaling and more – and will be writing on the various spiritual time activities for children over the nextfew blogs. These activities act as spiritual tools that help children realize their potential and deepen their sense of purpose in life. Let us together, as parents, help children tap their inner strengths and see that the power to overcome challenges is within them.

As the summer vacation is around the corner, these activities also come in handy to keep kids gainfully engaged. Following each activity is a practice suggestion, something you can do with children to help them to reflect on their inner-self.  As we progress with these activities, let us together with our children explore life’s purpose and the rewards of play, humor, and joy. These activities are more interesting when a group of kids are involved and well suited for weekends. So here we go!

 

using Play-Doh to make a doll

My creation: Making a Play-Doh doll

Name of the Activity: My creation!

Age Group:  4+ years

Participants: A minimum of 5 kids (more kids= more Fun!)

Material: Kids Play-Doh, string beads, decorative stuff.

Purpose of this activity: To convey the message that God loves each of his creations immensely. God has designed each one of us in a unique way.

Activity: Have each child create a clay self. Give them time to decorate their doll with pieces of string, beads and pasta, etc., Talk to the children about how their clay people look different. Ask the children to bring their clay sculptures up to you. Show the children’s work around and say what is special about each one. Once you have commented on each child’s sculpture ask the children if they liked making their sculptures.

Time to reflect: Talk about how God loved making each one of them. How they are all special to God. How God loves everything about them. How different everyone is, and God loves them all.

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Kalyani Shankar is a mother of twins and works as a German Linguist in an MNC. Amidst the jam packed busy life of a working mother, she looks forward to spending quality time with her kids when back home. Kalyani loves to introduce thought-provoking and fun activities that interest children. As a Balvikas spiritual educator for children, she strives to include ‘Spirituality and its Relevance’ in daily life situations and mentors parents on the same lines.


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