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Pause for Thought: Favourite Things

What do we like best?

by Janice Ross (video recording by Verity Thornhill)

Suitable for Whole School (Pri) - Church Schools


To identify that people are God’s favourite thing.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need to have the means available to play the videos below.
  • Optional: for the ‘Extension activities’ section, you may need paper, scissors, glue, pencils, pens, a jar and a musical keyboard.


Time for reflection

Ask the children to look at themselves in a mirror.

Remind them that God is pleased with the way that he made them and that he loves us.

Ask the children to imagine that God is smiling as he looks at them and saying, ‘That’s really good. I am so glad that I made you.’

You may wish to use the following prayer.

Dear God,
Thank you that you made us and that you love us exactly as we are.
Thank you that you made our friends and that you love them exactly as they are.
Thank you that you made our teachers and that you love them exactly as they are.
Thank you that people are your very favourite things.
Please help us to love others the way that you do.

Extension activities

  1. Why not make a poster of all of your favourite things? You could cut pictures out of magazines or draw your favourite things.
  2. If youre feeling sad about the things that you wish you could do, but cant because of the coronavirus lockdown, you could start a bucket list jar. Every time you think of something that you wish you could do, write it on a slip of paper and put it in a jar. You can enjoy watching the ideas build up - and look forward to an amazing time doing all of the activities when life goes back to normal!
  3. If you have a musical keyboard, you might like to have a go at learning to play the song, ‘My favourite things’. An instructional video is available at: (11.12 minutes long)
Publication date: May 2020   (Vol.22 No.5)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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