1. Where is Indonesia?
Show the children where Indonesia is on a world map or globe. Have one child place a finger there. Have another child place a finger at your town or state on the map. Notice how far apart the two are. Mark Indonesia with a stick-on flag or dot. Invite the children to see how many islands they can count on the map after they have heard the story. Sing the song “Children of the World” together. (Materials: map or globe, stick-on flag or dots, copies of the music)
Invite the children to tell you about times when they were scared or times when they think they would be frightened. Some children may claim a bravery they probably don’t feel. Allow them to express such feelings, but come back to the point that when natural disasters occur, things that we cannot stop, all people (adults and children) are rightly frightened. This may lead to a moment of prayer for people who live in frightening surroundings every day, or who have recently been struck by disaster.
3. Mime Game
Hajar and her friends were helped to express their fears through drama. Have the children express a variety of emotions through creative movement. Begin with very simple movements to get them accustomed to expressing ideas with their bodies instead of words. For example, have them stand bravely, tall as the tallest tree in the forest, or crouch down in fear, making themselves as small as the tiniest animal in the field. Then have them show how the people might have felt when CWS came with help after the tsunami, and invite the children to suggest other ideas in the story to mime. You will probably need to remind them to use their bodies and not their voices in this mime game.
4. Project to raise money for CWS Blankets+ Program
When disasters like the tsunami strike, the CWS Blankets+ Program helps provide emergency supplies such as blankets and shelter as well as the tools needed to rebuild. Ask the children if they would like to help raise funds from the congregation for this work. Five dollars can provide a blanket to someone who has lost their home. Cut colored paper into about 5' x 7' rectangles. Ask children to color/decorate the blanket squares, perhaps adding a word, such as hope, warmth, love. Make a quilt of the blanket squares to promote an offering for the CWS Blankets+ Program. (Materials: colored paper, crayons, scissors, glue)
NOTE: When you are ready to send your donation to Church World Service, please send a single check made out to the CWS Blankets+ Program to CWS, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515. If you have any questions about the CWS Blankets+ Program, call your CWS Regional Office at 888-297-2767.
5. Indonesian Nutritious Snack
Fruit is a delicious snack in Indonesia, although the fruits the children have are different from those we usually see in the United States. Star fruit (the Indonesian carambola) is sometimes found in grocery stores, as are mangoes. If you can find them, include them in a fruit salad or a tray of bite-sized pieces of fresh fruit. The children can help prepare this snack, too. (Materials: fresh fruit, star fruit, and mangoes, if possible)
6. Indonesian Craft
A popular fabric in Indonesia is batik, a process using hot wax and dyes. Each child will need a piece of muslin (about 6' x 8'). Melt paraffin with some pieces of peeled crayons in cleaned tuna cans on an electric frying pan lined with foil. (This will save time in the clean-up later.) The children can paint designs with paintbrushes. If the wax cools, reheat it in the electric frying pan. The wax must be hot enough to soak into the muslin. When the wax painted on the fabric is cool, dye the fabric in cold-water dye, according to the directions on the package. When the fabric has dried, place it between several sheets of newspaper and press with a hot iron to remove the wax.
An additional step can be added: After the first dying, crackle the dried wax on the muslin and dye the fabric in a darker color. This will give dark lines in the portion of the fabric that was waxed as well as change the color of the entire piece. For example, if you begin with blue dye and use red dye for the additional step, the blue areas will turn purple. (Materials: muslin fabric, paraffin, electric fry pan, tuna cans, paintbrushes, cold water fabric dyes, iron, newspapers)