At our Familienbrunch (Family Brunches), we've been following the story of the Israelites from Abraham on. I always start by bringing out the Wüstensack (Desert Sack) that you see in the middle here.
This week I told the children the story of Joshua and the Israelites entering the Promised Land. The story came from Young Children and Worship, a book that Godly Play founder Jerome Berryman co-authored with Dr. Sonja Stewart.
After the story, we sang some songs together and the children had an opportunity to pray together. Then we began the "creative phase" in which the children are able to express their thoughts or emotions about what they have heard and experienced or spend time with God. The children can either spend their time playing with the desert sack and figures from the story or they can choose to work with the art materials.
Today was a typical day in which I laid out materials in trays for the children to choose from rather than having a project that was instructional. The children could choose from oil pastels, collage material, chalk pastels and beeswax crayons. And some of the children used all of the mediums.
Sometimes the children draw pictures directly related to what they have just heard. Many times they draw something that they have heard several weeks before. And other times, they draw things that they have experienced in everyday life, which is also very important. This boy is drawing a pumpkin because he was at a pumpkin carving at our house the day before.