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To show the way in which we can work together to shape our lives.

by Jan Edmunds

Suitable for Whole School (Pri)


To show the way in which we can work together to shape our lives.

Preparation and materials

  • Find out if there are any twins in your school. If not, find or draw two identical faces on a large sheet of paper.

  • You will need a pair of scissors.

  • Draw a shape with a marker pen on a large sheet of paper (see point 3).

  • An OHP would help in reading the poem.


  1. Introduce your audience to the twins or show the picture. When two people look alike and are the same age, what do we call them? Spend a short while talking about the similarities.

  2. Introduce the poem.

    by Jan Edmunds 

    Twins are two children born the same day.
    They look much alike in every way.
    Almost identical but for their name
    When one is in trouble they both get the blame! 
    When one is happy the other is too.
    When one is sad the other is blue.
    Both go together like peaches and cream.
    Both stay together and make a good team.
    Each individual is one of a pair
    And from the beginning they learn how to share.

  3. Ask your twins to sit down and suggest that there are other twins besides human ones, e.g. gloves, shoes, socks. You might like to ask the children to think of some more pairs.

    Say that you have brought some different ‘twins’ to show them. Hold up the scissors. (This is a good opportunity to show how we carry them safely.) We never say scissor but always a pair of scissors. The handles and blades work together and look alike.

    Using the scissors, cut round the shape on your paper, stressing that as we cut out we need to follow the lines exactly. It’s like steering a car along the road – unless we keep to the road we could veer off and have a nasty accident.

  4. In life we need to follow a path, a way of life and a set of rules influenced by our faith, whether it is Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh or any other. This hopefully will keep us ‘on the straight and narrow’ and away from things that could lead us astray.

    There could be further discussion here, e.g. learning to differentiate between what we know to be right and wrong. Reference could be made to bullying, stealing, drug-taking, etc.

Time for reflection


Let us think about what we have discussed today. 


Help us to work together to follow the path of tolerance and love for everyone we meet.

Teach us to know the difference between right and wrong.

Help us to think about what we say and do and how it can affect others.

Let there be peace in our hearts and in the world.

Bless us all and keep us safe this day and for evermore.



‘I am planting my feet in the footsteps’ (Come and Praise, 103)

Publication date: October 2008   (Vol.10 No.10)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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