Patience patience2

(Discover Character)

By Kerry Cordy



Penguins: Do 3 requirements including the two starred.

Otters: Do 4 requirements including the two starred.

Dolphins: Do 5 requirements including the two starred.

Butterflies: Do 6 requirements including the two starred.

Eagles: Do 7 requirements including the two starred.

Owls: Do 9 requirements including the two starred.



_____ 1.* Think of times in your life when patience has been very difficult for you; maybe it is has been staring at a bunch of birthday gifts and being unable to open them until the end of the party, or maybe it has been the anticipation of a friend or relative coming to visit. For each item on your list, discuss with a parent what your actions were. Were you able to be patient, or did you annoy everyone with constant complaining or energy? How might you have improved your behavior in each of these circumstances?

_____ 2. * Do at least three activities that require patience such as baking bread and waiting for it to rise; planting a seed and waiting for it to sprout; or raising a caterpillar into a butterfly.

_____ 3. Create a poster to track how often you and others in your family or troop are patience. For example you could make a Patience tree and each time someone has been patient, you can write their name on a leaf with what they were patience about (e.g. Waiting their turn politely) and stick it to the tree. You could also make a Patience caterpillar adding a new circle to its body with each act of patience until it wraps around the room.

_____ 4. Place yourself in a situation where patience is needed for a specific amount of time. For example, put a piece of your favorite cake on the counter and then set a timer for 15 minutes. You may not eat the cake until the timer goes off. During this time, you are not allowed to complain (not even jokingly).  If you do, you have to start over. Find ways to stay calm, happy, and polite to others while you wait.

_____ 5. Create a piece of artwork about of what patience means to you.

_____6. Write an essay about what patience means to you.

_____ 7. Write a story or skit where patience plays an important role.

_____ 8. Read a biography about someone known for their patience such as Anne Sullivan.

_____ 9. What does your book of worship say about patience? Memorize at least 1 verse about patience if you are a Penguin, 3 verses if you are an Otter or Dolphin, 5 if you are a Butterfly or Eagle, and 7 if you are an owl.

_____ 10. Memorize or write a poem about patience.

_____ 11. Find and memorize at least 1 (Penguins), 3 (Otters and Dolphins), 5 (Butterflies and Eagles), 7 (Owls) famous quotations about patience.

_____ 12. Role play at least 3 instances where patience may be necessary.

_____ 13.  Write the word PATIENCE on a piece of paper and then think of one patient act that you could do that starts with each letter in the word. For example for P you could put “pass time constructively whilst waiting” and for A “accept other people's shortcomings gracefully”.

_____ 14.  Using the Victorian Language of flowers make a bouquet that symbolizes what patience means to you.  You can find the meanings assigned to the flowers at various websites or in books and you may cut pictures from magazines or web pages to create a collage “bouquet”.  Make sure you include the name and meaning of each flower that you choose.  You may make a scrapbook page using pictures of flowers or make a bouquet using real or artificial flowers. J


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