Play around with color and lines with these coloring pages, which explore the word play in belovedness. As you color or paint, you can ask yourself and your children: What does it mean for you to find someone or something “beloved”? What does it mean for you to “be loved”? How do the actions or feelings differ in these two constructions of the word?
Materials: Coloring materials
Playful, theatrical, ages 4+
This is a spin on traditional charades that playfully explores different ways we show and receive love.
Individually or working together with younger children, brainstorm different ways that you show and/or receive love (e.g. hugging, cheering someone up, cooking food…)
Write or draw these ways of showing love on cards
To play, each person picks a card and acts out the loving action (without saying it out loud). Work as a pair for younger children.
The rest will guess what the action is
Caring for the Common Good
When we truly feel beloved, it offers us strength. And we need that strength to reflect that sense of deep caring out into the word – and to stand against injustices and those that would have us believe that others are less beloved than we are. Taking a stand, supporting those who are not treated with care and respect, requires thoughtfulness and, at times, bravery. Prepare your children to practice belovedness in their lives by becoming “upstanders.”