One For All And All For One.
Group Size: 10-50
Estimated Time: 45 minutes
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Materials: red and green notes for each chanich
@ Start with the game –
“The cat and the mouse”
Make a circle.
One kid stands inside the circle and is the mouse, and one stands out of it- the cat.
The cats’ goal is to catch the mouse by getting in the circle.
The kids standing in the circle must not let the cat come in and get the mouse. They do that by holding hands tight and blocking the cat whenever he approaches the circle. ( for instance - whenever the cat will try to get in under the hands, lower the hands)
@ A short discussion:
Ask the cat how he felt. How is it to be rejected?
Ask the mouse how he felt. How is it to be protected by the whole group?
Ask everyone: what are the conditions necessary for the game?
Bring the Chanichim to say and understand that it is enough that one kid will release his hand or wouldn’t put it down in time for the mouse to be captured.
@ A story: (of course say it in your own words and make up or add details to interest your Chanichim…)
The hole in the boat:
My uncle once told me a story that happened to his grand-grandfather when he was young. In those times people didn’t have cars and for sure they didn’t have airplanes, the regular way to get to other countries was the boat. My great-grandfather had over-sea business to take care of and that's why he had to go on a boat and start in his journey. At first everything seems pretty fine, a regular boat, regular people. But suddenly one day everyone heard really strong voices from one of the bottom rooms, at first they didn’t understand what it is but after a few minutes they saw that water began to come out from this room, they got inside the room and what did they see? (you can let the Chanichim guess) that this man stood in the middle of his room and drilled a hole in the boat-floor. Every one started to scream: “what are u doing? Don’t you see that you are sinking the whole boat-we will all die because of you!” And the man just said to them:” it is none of your business I can do whatever I want in my own room!”
What do you think about it? Was this man right? What was his mistake?
Tell the kids a story about a kid that bullied on a few other kids to do something wrong, those kids cooperated and now the whole class is being punished. (It can be about disturbing to a teacher, laughing at one of the kids, etc.)
Give the Chanichim the red and green notes. Ask them for their opinion. If they think that the whole class is guilty tell them to lift the red note and whoever thinks that that particular kid is guilty will lift the green one.
See what they decided, and ask them to explain why.
Explanation: even if only one kid was the leader, the whole class has to be responsible in the same way.
@Conclusion: one for all and all for one!
We saw in the game how everyone protected the mouse- when everyone r together they can help the single person in the group.
We saw in the boat-story how a single person can effect on the whole group. (We looked on the negative side but we can look in the positive also)
We saw in the vote part how the whole group has to take responsibility about something that happened because of one person.
Suggested Age: Aleph, Zach
Suitable for Shabbat