In 2014 I shared an opening activity, What's in Your Head? I use this as a way to help families share their concerns and fears about pregnancy, birth, babies, feeding babies, and becoming parents. It helps folks see they aren't alone in the things that might be keeping them awake at night.
Looking for variation, I recreated this idea with Legos -- little plastic building toys we have amassed numerous buckets of over the years. All of these were pulled from our private collection, although the compromise with my kids was to put them in tiny zippy bags so things wouldn't get lost. The first time I did this activity, I passed the Lego head around and had each person pull out a zippy bag and share what they thought the toys might represent. In my next series, I decided to include a card with a general worry that related to the item in the zippy bag. I had participants look at the item first and see if it reminded them of any concerns they had, and if they were stumped, they could read the card. Then we go around the group and share our items and what they might represent.
I have this idea that people having babies these days are very well-acquainted with Legos. When I pull out the head, I see faces light up. Folks dig around, looking for a good one to grab. Sometimes they take them out of the bag and touch and move the items. This fun, creative approach to digging down and sharing things we worry about (and seeing we aren't alone) bonds us as a group. Be sure to read the original activity I linked above to get more ins and outs of how to finesse this activity.
And have fun in your teaching!
♥ four young boys and a boy dog (offspring)