For the art activity, we've had card shaped feet (they could even trace their own feet), which we decorated as "feet of justice", and writing the quote on them to take home.
"Say O God! Attire mine head with the crown of Justice, and my temple with the ornament of equity. Thou, very, art the Possessor of all gifts and bounties." -
especially if they all already know O God guide me...
Examples to show Justice
Sorting stones - where there's a pile of items (stones, flowers, candies), and the children have to be just and work out how to distribute the candies evenly in a matter that is just.
The children practiced being just by having share out bunches of balloons. There wasn’t always an amount, that made equal distribution easy (ie. 11 balloons shared among 3) – and they came up with some very creative solutions: giving others more balloons than themselves; keeping some balloons on the side, if someone else might come along, etc.
Just or Not Just
Making little signs that say "just" and "not just" on either side. You can tell the children a story, or just give them scenarios - and they have to hold up their sign and tell if it's "just!" or "not just". The children can give their own examples. E.g.:
- (J) Sharing crayons with others
- (J) Following the rules when playing a game.
- Taking away someone's toy without asking to use it.
- (J) Making sure everyone gets a slice of cake.
- Cutting in front of others in line without permission.
- (J) Taking equal turns on the swing.
- (J) Finding a game everyone can enjoy.
- Taking someone's candy if they were mean to you.
Today we looked at the lesson on “Justice” a bit closer. Starting out with some of the explanations from the Virtues Guide. There are some fabulous examples in there about what being just really means (see pages 161 onwards). We learned, that being just is looking through our own eyes and not through others – finding the truth for ourselves. Making sure things are fair, treating everyone equally, no matter what their race, background, age or looks are.
Justice or Injustice Activity