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The Long Spoons, or Working Together

To help children see the need for working together.

by Clare Neville

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To help children to see the need for working together.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need: two spoons, sticky-taped onto long canes or metre sticks; some small sweets such as Smarties, or crisps; two shallow dishes.
  • For 3. below, you could prepare some children to mime/act out small scenes of things at which you need to cooperate to do successfully, e.g. using a seesaw, playing a team game, doing a clapping chant, carrying a table; folding sheets.


  1. Ask for two volunteers to come out and eat some sweets. Tell them they must use your 'Special Spoons'. The children try to eat the sweets, but fail as the spoons are too long.

  2. Stop the children after a few attempts and tell them that the theme of the assembly is 'working together'. Give them a few clues if necessary, so that they get the idea of feeding each other with the spoons. Stop after a few successful attempts.

  3. Ask the children for any examples of times when they have helped someone to do something, or needed someone to work with them. If appropriate, have some children act out their ideas, or use the ideas above.

  4. Discuss the need for working together to make life better, for offering to help rather than waiting to be asked, for being open to help and ready to receive it.

Time for reflection

In a moment of silence, ask the children to think especially of someone they might choose to work with, play with or help in some way today.

Dear God,
Please bless our school,
that by working together and playing together
we may learn to serve you
and to serve one another.


There are many songs on this theme, such as:
'When I needed a neighbour' (Come and Praise, 65)
'Cross over the road' (Come and Praise, 70)
'The family of man' (Come and Praise, 69)

Publication date: January 2002   (Vol.4 No.1)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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