You will need
- A4 card
- Pens or pencils
- Coloured pens or pencils
- Glue sticks
- Items to decorate the cards
Before you begin
- Put the equipment out for everyone to use. Make sure there’s enough card for everyone to have their own piece.
- Think about which occasion you’d like everyone to create cards for. You could create cards for celebrations like Christmas, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, Eid, or birthdays, or you could use your cards to mark an occasion like Remembrance. Don’t forget to ask the group what they think – is there a particular occasion they’d like to make cards for?
- Decide who you’ll give your cards to and get in touch to make sure the person (or organisation) is happy to receive cards by post or in person. You could think about care homes, youth groups, local hospices, hospitals or places of worship. Don’t forget to ask the group what they think – and double check that you have the right address too.
- Everyone should sit in a circle.
- Someone should read Practising Kindness by Annabel Rose. Make sure to save a copy of this story before the session.
- After reading the story, everyone should take some time to reflect on it as a group. We’ve included some questions to help you reflect in the pink box below.
- Everyone should start decorating their card whilst having fun being as creative as they want to be.
- When the cards are finished (and dry, if anyone used glue or paint) everyone should write a kind message inside their cards.
- As everyone to sit in a circle with their cards.
- Everyone should take it in turns to show their cards to the rest of the group. They could read their kind message out if they want to.
- When everyone has read out their message, the person leading the activity should put all the cards inside an envelope to keep them together.
- It’s time to deliver the cards! Everyone should put their coats (or sunhats) on and get ready to go to the postbox or location.
- Everyone should deliver their cards to a postbox or location.
This activity encouraged everyone to take an active role in their community, think about others and help make a positive difference. During this activity everyone had the opportunity to learn about a celebration or occasion and how they could create a card to help someone else mark it.
- When has someone helped you feel better?
- How does giving someone a card help or encourage them?
- Celebrating different occasions helps people to learn new things. What did everyone learn about the celebration they made cards for?
- Did anyone help their friends with their cards? How did it feel to help?
- How do people think their cards make others feel?
- How did it feel to help other people feel happy or cared about?
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Glue and solvents
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using glue and solvent products. Make sure there’s plenty of ventilation. Be aware of any medical conditions which could be affected by glue or solvent use and make adjustments as needed.
- Road safety
Manage groups carefully when near or on roads. Consider adult supervision and additional equipment (such as lights and high visibility clothing) in your risk assessment.