Spirit of Adventure

This UU-identity curriculum is written for active children, using physical movement, challenge and adventure as teaching mechanisms. While engaging in activities like dissecting electronics, building cantilevered architecture using graham crackers, and singing Jingle Bells in “dog” language, our children will learn about other UUs – some famous and some in our own congregation – while finding their own UU identities.

Sports: What is your favorite sport?


We will discuss our favorite sports and play some games together, while discussing how good sportsmanship relates to our Principles.


Sports: Lessons for Life


We will think about the lessons we learn from playing sports.


Sports: In the Congregation


A visitor from our congregation will share their love of sports.


Sports: The Good and the Bad


Just like life, sports have a good side in good sportsmanship, and a bad side in violence, racism, crudity, drug abuse and other issues.  Today, we’ll discuss the balance of good and bad in sports.


Building: JellO, Peter Cooper


Experiment with JellO and learn about Unitarian engineer and philanthropist, Peter Cooper.


Building: Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect


We will learn the value of ingenuity and hard work through Unitarian Frank Lloyd Wright’s approach to architechture.


Building: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harmony


We will explore the interdependent web through Wright’s cantilevered design for “Fallingwater” and graham crackers!


Halloween: Dia de los Muertos


We will think about the meaning of life and death while investigating this holiday from Latin America.


Building: A Visitor


A visitor from our congregation will have fun with the class as they learn about the love of building and construction.


Building: Daniel Chester French


We will express ourselves through sculpting as we learn about UU sculptor Daniel Chester French, who crafted the Lincoln Memorial and The Minuteman.


Winter Holidays: Charles Dickens


We will learn about Unitarian Charles Dickens, author of the classic Christmas story, “A Christmas Carol”.


Winter Holidays: Jingle Bells


We will learn about Unitarian songwriter James Pierpont, whose simple gift, despite a lifetime of struggle, gave us a universally known holiday song.


Winter Holidays: Hannukah


We will learn about the Jewish holiday of Hannukah.


Exploring: Try Something New!


We will try a new food the way that Unitarian Artic explorer Vilhjamur Stefansson tried the foods that the Eskimos were eating.


Exploring: Treasure Maps and N.C. Wyeth


We will hold a treasure hunt and hear about Unitarian N.C. Wyeth, illustrator of “Treasure Island” and other classic children’s stories.

Medicine: Saving Lives


We learn about UU Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman physician of modern medicine.


Medicine: A Special Doctor


We will learn about Unitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer, who lived an extraordinary life that can be an example to all of us as we try to find and share our gifts with the world.


Medicine: Learn First Aid


A visitor from our congregation will share their experiences of working in medicine and teach the class about first aid.


Medicine: Clara Barton


We will act out some of the scenes from Clara Barton’s service during the Civil War.


Food: Stone Soup Sunday


We will share in the making of Stone Soup, in which everyone contributes an ingredient.


Food: Fannie Farmer


We will enjoy cooking together while learning about UU Fannie Farmer, the author and cooking specialist who introduced the concept of standard measurements for recipes.


Food: Popcorn Sale!


We will make and sell bags of popcorn to make money for a good cause.

Food: Doggy Treats and Henry Bergh


We will bag up some doggy treats as we learn about Unitarian Henry Bergh, animal advocate and founder of the ASPCA.


Science: A Take Apart Party


We will explore the innards of computers, electronics and machines as we learn about UU Tim Berners-Lee, “the Father of the World Wide Web”.


Science: Comets and Constellations


We will celebrate the intersection of awe and science with a star theme as we hear about UU astronomer Maria Mitchell.


Science: Inventions


We will celebrate the inventive spirit as we learn about Unitarian Alexander Graham Bell.


Science: A Visitor


A visitor from our congregation will explore the scientific spirit with our class.


Web of Life: Henry David Thoreau


We will live and play simply and learn about UU Henry David Thoreau.


Web of Life: Beatrix Potter


We will enjoy animals, just like UU Beatrix Potter did when she was young!


Web of Life: A Visitor


A visitor from our congregation will share their love of animals with the class.


Web of Life: Blessing of the Animals


We will celebrate our interdependence with a UU service based on a tradition from St. Francis of Assisi.

Exploring: A Visitor


We will have fun finding out about the love of exploring and adventure with a visitor from our congregation.