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Camel capers! (Am I special?)

To encourage children to value each other.

by John Fryer

Suitable for Key Stage 1

Aims

To encourage children to value each other.

Preparation and materials

  • You may wish to show slides of the appropriate animals.

  • Your class could present the story of Gideon as a drama.

Assembly

  1. What do you know about camels? Seen in a zoo? Pictures, TV or film? They spit, have a hump or two (!) and are generally grumpy! But they are amazing animals! Did you know, for instance, that . . .? (See below for amazing camel facts – the wee and poo references are sure to get laughs and ‘hold’ the children’s attention) Amazing things – what a superb creature, despite its looks.
  2. But do you think other animals might be upset that they aren’t like a camel? Does an elephant complain that she doesn’t have a hump? Does a horse ever complain that he sweats? No! The elephant and the horse are amazing, too – they have things that the camel doesn’t have – as do all animals. They are all amazing creatures and suited to where they live and what they eat, etc.
  3. So why do people compare themselves with others? We might not be as good at sport as Emir or have nice hair like Amy . . . but we are special, and God made us to be an amazing person who has never been seen on earth before and will never been seen again!
  4. Tell the story of Gideon.

    (Judges chapters 6 to 7 have the story of Gideon’s victory over the Midianites.)

    Gideon was the lowest of the low in Israel but he (with God’s help) made a huge difference in the nation and changed the world for his people. Tell the story well and bring out the humour that is there (see the bread-roll dream sequence for instance).

Time for reflection

Light a candle, and run through the story of Gideon once more.

Gideon was a special person and had a huge impact. Each one of us is special and can do or say things no one else can, because we are us!

Who knows? – Someone sitting in this assembly today may invent the next type of computer or paint an amazing painting or run a major company or help someone in trouble . . . but everyone here can change the world just by being us . . .

Still feel feeble? . . . Well, you can always ask for help – just like Gideon.

God (and the Angel) helped him – we can ask others we trust to help us to see just what we can do.

Song/music

‘There are hundreds of sparrows’ (Come and Praise, 15)

Camel facts

There are 160 Arabic words for ‘camel’.

A camel is a ‘cousin’ of the llama.

A camel has three eyelids and huge eyebrows.

A camel can go up to 50 days without drinking water.

A camel’s wee is twice as salty as seawater.

Camel poo is so dry that you can light a fire with it as soon as it comes out.

 

All of a camel’s fat is concentrated into its hump.

One hump – Dromedary; two humps – Bactrian.

Camels can carry over 450-kg loads, travelling over 190 km per day.

Each foot has a leathery pad with two toes, which spreads to cope with walking on sand.

Brows over the eyes shield it from the bright sun.

It can close its nose to prevent sand from getting inside.

They can drink up to 110 litres of water in 10 minutes.

Camels do not sweat.

They can run at 30 kmph for short distances.

Publication date: August 2010   (Vol.12 No.8)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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