Each one of us is unique
by Helen Redfern
Suitable for Whole School (Pri)
To encourage children to appreciate that each one of us is unique.
Preparation and materials
If you are planning to use props (juggling balls, unicycle(!), etc.) in point 1., you will need to have them hidden somewhere handy for when you demonstrate why you're amazing!
- Help the children to see that you are amazing! Tell them some things about yourself that are quite unusual - things you can do, features you have, e.g. I can say the longest place name, juggle, flip coins off my elbow, wiggle my ears, touch my nose with my tongue. Demonstrate in a dramatic fashion!
- Encourage the children to think about the fact that each one of them is unique and amazing. Pretend that you have suddenly become aware of the children around you and that they may be amazing too.
- Ask everyone in the room to stand up. Tell them to stay standing if they have blue eyes and to sit down if not. Continue with other details until only one person (or small group) is left standing, e.g. stay standing if:
you have freckles
you have brown hair
you can touch your nose with your tongue
you can pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time
you can go cross-eyed
you can touch your toes with straight legs
you can wink with your right eye.
Invite the remaining person/people up to the front. Find out their name(s).
- Say that Christians believe that God created each one of us to be different. In the Bible, in Psalm 139, it says that God knew each one of us even before we were born.
Time for reflection
There is only one of me in the whole world, in the whole of history.
There is only one of (name of child at front) in the whole world, in the whole of history.
There is only one of you in the whole world, in the whole of history.
Maybe you don't like what you see when you look at yourself.
Maybe you don't like what you see when you look at those around you.
But you were made to be you.
They were made to be them.
Let's try to be more accepting of ourselves and those around us.
After all, each one of us is a unique act of creation.
You created the most amazing world
and we want to thank you for the fun we have in it.
You created each one of us, too.
We are all so amazing.
Thank you, God, for making me me.
Thank you, God, for making (name of child at front).
Thank you, God, for making each one of us as we are.
We're sorry for the times we find it hard to accept others as they are.
We're sorry for the times we find it hard to accept ourselves as we are.
Help us to see other people as you see them.
Help us to see ourselves as you see us.
Help us to be the people you want us to be.
Help us to live the kind of life you want us to live.
With your help, all things are possible.
‘There are hundreds of sparrows' ( Come and Praise , 15)