I See--I Care

Activity Objective

To teach the children to recognize God in all living things as Saint Ignatius did and to care for God's world

Lesson Outcome

The children will recognize that all of nature is part of God's creation and is ours to care for and protect.

Materials

  • Drawing paper
  • Crayons

Directions

  • Tell the children that they're going to take a quiet walk to observe God's many gifts in nature and to think about how they might care for these gifts.
  • Take the children for a short walk outside, requesting that they focus on something in nature that needs care (flowers that need watering, birds to be fed, grassy areas to be cleaned up).
  • ??? After the walk, ask the children to fold a sheet of drawing paper in half and label one half I see and the other half I care.
  • Ask them to draw a picture of what they chose as special in nature in the I see half and a picture of themselves caring for this aspect of nature in the I care half.
  • Post the pictures for all to see or invite children to show and share their ideas.
  • Conclude by pointing out that these gifts in nature are from God and that it is our job to take care of them.

Learning Styles

Art/Space Smart, Nature Smart

Approximate Time

20 minutes

Hints

Obtain permission from your catechetical leader to take the children on a walk. Remind the children to stay with the group and away from the street when you are on the walk..

In case of inclement weather, have alternatives to an outside walk, such as looking out a classroom window or closing one's eyes and imagining a walk home.