(MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL AGE LEVEL)
We are all connected like links in a chain. We often overlook many of these connections or tend to take them for granted. Start your day with a pile of paperclips. Each time you become aware of a connection to another person, add a paperclip to grow your chain. For example, when you wake up in the morning and see members of your family, there is a connection with each member, so you add links to your chain. If you take the bus, carpool, or walk with a friend, there are more connections to add--the bus driver, your friends, etc. When you get to school, you become aware of teachers, classmates, the janitorial staff that makes sure you have a clean environment in which to learn, and so on. You can create your chain for a day or keep it going for as long as you like as you continue to recognize all the ways you are connected to others.
(EARLY LEARNING - ELEMENTARY AGE LEVEL)
The same activity as above using either paper clips or making a paper chain with strips of colorful paper
Book: The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning - Valeri Gorbachev (Illustrator)