LAND OF I AM, ART, & ELF BOUTIQUE

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7.  LAND OF I AM

The “King of I Am”, wearing his crown and royal robes, stands next to a 6-foot tall spinning game wheel.  The wheel is divided into 24 sections, each containing a positive word.  The children are invited to spin the wheel to see what they are.  When the wheel stops, they read aloud what it says.  Then, the entire class repeats the positive statement, confirming the child’s strength and potential.

Purpose: The focus of this activity is on improving the children’s concept of self-worth by having them identify a character strength they possess and then having all of their peers acknowledge that strength.

72% of the children liked this activity.

“Good idea!”

“They just wanted to spin the wheel.”

“They loved the idea of people thinking and saying wonderful things about them.”

 

 

 

8.  ARTS & CRAFTS

Our volunteers provide the guidance and support necessary for the children to produce a beautiful work of art by experiencing an art medium and techniques that are probably new to them.  They are typically amazed at their completed artwork.

Purpose: Art is a tremendously valuable therapeutic tool that promotes healing by utilizing creativity to enhance communication.  This area encourages the children not to fear trying new things, to keep an open mind with new ideas/concepts, and underscores the fact that they are capable of doing much more than they may think they are.

92% of the children liked this activity.

“Our kids like any type of art!”

“Students like to be creative.”

“They liked being able to make a project to take home!”

“They really enjoyed this one!”

“There were many fun items to choose from and use for their project!”

“They had a blast doing this!”

 

9.  ELF BOUTIQUE, PRESENTS

Christmastime is about giving.  The Elf Boutique contains tables piled high with gift items.  The children are invited to search the tables to find presents for their family.

Purpose: This area provides the children with the gift of giving, the opportunity for them to select presents for their families.  We believe the ability to give is a primary need, intrinsic to human nature.

96% of the children liked this activity.

“They were so proud to have a present to take home for someone.”

“They enjoyed being able to choose a gift for a loved one.”

“They loved it!”

“Generous donation.”

“The kids wanted to choose gifts for everyone!”

“Students don’t usually get to give to their families so this was nice.”

“The children enjoyed choosing gifts for their families.”

“They really liked being able to give gifts to their family.”

“All the kids were very enthusiastic!”

“Truly appreciate the experience.”

“Loved being able to take home something for family member or friend.”

“The students were very excited to select a gift for their parents or family members.”


10.  ELF BOUTIQUE, GIFTWRAP

After they have been through the Elf Boutique and have selected gifts for their families, our volunteers assist them as they choose gift-wrap and wrap their presents.

Purpose: Many of these children have never used gift-wrap.  This Activity provides that experience and helps them personalize their gift items.

93% of the children liked this activity.

“Loved to wrap it.”

“It was hard for some of them to wrap the presents, but it was neat watching them try.”

“All the kids were very enthusiastic!”