Activities

  1. Map Study. Find Pakistan and Afghanistan on a globe or world map. Distribute the coloring activity sheet for the children.
    Materials: map or globe, coloring activity sheet, crayons

  2. Entering the tent. Prepare a tent made of blankets (from CWS or otherwise) and quilts draped over some chairs. Invite the children into the “tent” and ask them to imagine that they have been magically transported to a refugee camp in Pakistan. Often when people first arrive in a refugee camp, they don’t even have this much shelter. Ask them to imagine what it would be like to leave everything they had and live in this tent for a month or more. What would they miss? What would they need?
    Materials: blankets, quilts, string or masking tape, chairs

    Sit in the tent and play school. Talk about items that they use in school. What would it be like to be in school if these things weren’t there?

    Eat a snack under the tent. Snacks that the children could eat under their tents might consist of “Hindustani Tea” and fresh fruit.

    To make "Hindustani Tea"
    1. Heat together in a 3-4 qt. saucepan 6 c. water and 7 tsp. loose tea.
    2. Boil 10 minutes.
    3. Add 6 c. milk.
    4. Heat to boiling.
    5. Add to taste: 10-15 tsp. sugar.

    Tastes best when prepared 2 or more hours in advance and set aside. Reheat to serve. Serve with fresh fruit. You could also serve Indian chapatis, which are something like Mexican tortillas (recipe available on our website: http://www.churchworldservice.org/betterworld2/globalsnacks.html).
    Materials: tea, fruit, chapatis

    Option: In advance of this class, collect the kit materials from the parents directly and hide them around your room. Show the children the list of items in the CWS School Kit. Ask them to leave the tent and search for those items. Bring them to the tent as they are found.

  3. Assemble School Kits. Invite children to decorate with fabric paint or markers pre-made cloth bags (12"W x 14"L with a cloth handle and a closure — Velcro, snap or button). Place the items listed on the take-home sheet into the cloth bag. Fold the top over and secure the closure. Shipping and packing instructions
    Materials: items for each kit, school bags, cardboard carton, sealing tape, fabric paint
    or markers

    Mark the progress of creating kits by making a Heart Quilt displayed in a place where everyone can see it. Use a big sheet of wide craft paper (about 30” x 60”) in a color of your choice for the background. Give each child a piece of colored construction paper cut 8” x 8”. Glue a red heart onto this piece. Onto the heart, draw or glue pictures of various items that could be in a CWS Kit. For each school kit donated, glue a completed “quilt block” onto the large background piece.
    Materials: paper, red construction paper, scissors, glue

  4. Assemble Hygiene Kits. On the hand towel, place the other items listed on the take-home sheet. Wrap the towel around the items and tie with a ribbon or yarn. Place this package in a one-gallon plastic bag with a zipper closure. Shipping and packing instructions
    Materials: items for the kit, cardboard boxes, sealing tape, ribbon or yarn

    Mark your progress on a large thermometer drawn on poster board. Fill in the mercury column with a red marker as kits are donated, indicating the number of kits on the side of the thermometer.
    Materials: poster board, colored markers)

  5. Say THANK YOU to those who contribute. Make “thank you” notes by gluing little pieces of fabric to paper to make it look like a little quilt. On the back, print a message, such as “Thank you for helping others.”
    Materials: various pieces of fabric, scissors, large index cards, glue, pens

    NOTE: If you have any questions or would like more information about the CWS Kits Program, call 1-888-CWS-CROP, that’s 1-888-297-2767. For an update on CWS programs, call our HOTLINE at 1-800-297-1516, Ext. 111, or visit our website: www.churchworldservice.org.

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