Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe — the open sesame to every soul. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton, women’s civil rights activist in a speech given in 1860
IN SUNDAY’S SESSION… the children heard the story of “The Everything Seed,” which describes the origins of our universe in metaphoric language. We discussed the idea that love was included in that original “everything seed” and learned that love is a guiding force for Unitarian Universalists. Participants created universe seed art representing the love and creativity within our universe.
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about… theories about how the universe came into being, such as the Big Bang. Talk together about the awesome aspect of our universe’s origin. Take turns naming things that were contained in the original, strange ball of matter which exploded to become our universe.
EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Try… learning about seeds together. Dissect a seed and see what is inside. If possible, look at seeds under a microscope. Plants some seeds and watch them grow. Help your child create their own indoor or outdoor garden.
Family Adventure. Go on a walk to find as many seeds and seed holders as you can and try to identify the types of plants they will become.
Family Discovery. To learn more about seeds, watch the Scholastic video The Magic School Bus Goes to Seed. Or, read, The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow or The Magic School Bus Gets Planted: A Book About Photosynthesis, both by Joanna Cole.
To hear about the universe’s origin in metaphoric language, read together The Everything Seed by Carole Martignacco (Dyeing Arts, 2015). Another book to read together is Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells Its Cosmic Story: Book One by Jennifer Morgan (Dawn Publications, 2002).
A Family Game. In the African game Mancala, two opponents try to collect the most seeds by taking turns dropping seeds into small cups carved into a board. The goal is to capture as many of your opponents’ seeds as possible. Purchase Mancala at a toy and game store or play a version online.
A Family Ritual. Start a yearly tradition: Plant a garden together. Create a ritual for the planting. For instance, you might read the story “The Garden,” from the book Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel, or sing “The Garden Song” by David Mallett, recorded by many artists. You could gather water from rivers and lakes that you visit over the course of the year and use it to water the newly planted seeds.