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Sense of purpose

 

 

A newspaper article

 
 

This activity will help children think about the kind of person they want to be in the future and what they want others to think of them.

Say to a group of children or individual child:
"Five years from now, your local paper does a story about you and something you have achieved. They want to interview three people who know you well – for example: a parent, a friend, a brother, a sister, a teacher, etc. What would you want them to say about you?"

Ask the children to write down the names of three key people in a list and then write beside each name what they would like that person to say about them. They could then write the whole newspaper article about themselves.

 
     

 

 

A thing like me

 
 

This activity can help children think about who they truly are and what they're good at, in a way that they might not have thought about before.

Ask children to think of something that represents them, e.g. a daisy, a tiger, a teddy bear, a candle, etc. and ask them to tell the others in the group why they think it represents them. They could write a paragraph or a poem about it.

You could also do this by laying out some small objects like toy animals on a table and letting the children pick out which one is most like them and then discussing it in a group while they hold the object.

 
     

 

 

The little-BIG thing hunt

 
 

Lots of little things are really important. They can make a BIG difference to our lives. And every person is important too, because everyone can make a BIG difference to someone else.

What you need:

  • A few examples of little things that can make a big difference – such as a penny, a shoe lace, a button, a pencil, a key, seeds, a sugar lump, a sachet of salt, a match, a postage stamp, a telephone number, a ticket, a chilli, a stone, etc.

What you do:

  • Show your family or group the little things you’ve found that can make a big difference. Ask why each of the little things is so important. For example: the penny makes a big difference if you’re one penny short of the amount you need to buy a bottle of milk; it’s hard to walk in shoes when your shoelace is broken; if the button fell off your trousers they might fall down; a pencil can write an important message; without a little key you couldn’t get into your big house...
  • Then ask everyone to go on a ‘little-BIG-thing’ hunt to look for ten (or so) little things that make a big difference.
  • Gather all the little-BIG-things together and see how many little things can make a really big difference, or are really important to you.
  • Then let each person think about which little-BIG-thing is most like them. Do they feel like a lump of sugar because they like to make other people’s lives sweeter? Or a button because they help to hold things together?
  • Ask each person to talk about the little-BIG-thing they chose and why they chose it.

Some things to talk about together:

  • What little things have other people done for you that have made a big difference in your life?
  • What little things can you do that might make a big difference in your own life?
  • What little things can you do to make a big difference in your family, class, community, workplace, etc?

Other ideas:

  • Give each person a small matchbox and ask them to fill it with little things that can make a big difference. You’ll be surprised how many things you can fit in such a small space!
  • Ask everyone to list all the little ways in which they can make a big difference to the people and world around them (by putting their litter in the bin, recycling, saying thank you, smiling, etc).
  • Most of the big things we manage to do in our lives are because we’ve done lots of little things first. Think of a big thing you would really like to do. Then write down all the little things you’re already doing that will help you with your big plan. Make another list of some more little things that will help you with your big plan that you’ve not had chance to try yet. What difference might it make if you do these little things too?
 
     

 

 

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