Great Ideas: Helping Hands

Helping Hands

To set the tone for my 3- and 4-year-olds, on the first day of class we talked about the gift of our hands. I tell my little friends that God made our hands for helping, not hurting. To help them remember their promise to try their best, I used foam hand cutouts and wrote each child’s name across the palm. Each child picked their favorite color paint and placed their fingerprints on the fingers of the foam cutout with their name on it, and together we hung them on our classroom bulletin board. We put up other hand cutouts that said “Be kind,” “Share,” and “Take turns,” and in the center I put “John 13:34: Love one another, just as I have loved you.” —

Liz Bradley, Saint Michael Catholic School, Garden City, SC