Objective: To help children understand the importance and value of farm land and to illustrate the gift of creation and our responsibilities to it.
Materials: apple, knife, cutting board (or have the apple pre-cut according to the instructions in the demonstration).
Recommended time: 5 minutes
Demonstration: Explain that the apple represents the planet earth. Cut the apple into quarters. Put three quarters aside and keep the remaining quarter. What do you think these three quarters represent? The world’s oceans, lakes, rivers and ponds. These are called “bodies of water”. What do you think this last quarter represents? The world’s dry land.
Cut the remaining quarter into 8 equal portions (half the quarter, half each piece again and then half each piece again). Put aside 7 of the 8 pieces and keep one remaining piece. What do you think the seven small pieces represent? The mountains, deserts, swamps, frozen ground etc., the climates and soils where we cannot grow any food.
Hold up the final small section. What do you think this tiny piece of apple represents? This is the amount of the earth we use to grow food. This is very special land.
Explanation: God gave us the whole earth. The mountains and deserts, the swamps and glaciers, rain forests, oceans, valleys and farm land. God gave us the bodies and brains to be able to learn how to grow food so we can be healthy. God gave us the whole earth to take care of, and a very special bit to grow our food. It is important that we take special care of the land so that we can continue using it to grow food.
How many of you live on a farm? Have a garden? Have been to a farm/garden? Land for growing food is precious. It’s a very special place. Let’s remember all the good things we eat and the good land we need to grow it. Even if you or I don’t have a farm or a garden, we can buy food that other people grew on a farm or garden. Let’s remember all the people all over the world who work hard to grow food from their special land, and those who need special land to grow food but do not have any. And let’s remember to share, just as all the people in the world need to remember to share land and food.
Option: share the apple slices with the children.
Prayer suggestion: Creator God, thank you for all the earth and all the wonderful things you’ve made on it. Thank you for the highest mountains and the deepest oceans. Thank you for the deserts and the forests. Thank you especially for the land we grow our food on. Bless that land and bless all the people who grow food on it so we can all eat. Please be with the people who do not have special land and do not have enough food to eat. Please help us all be good sharers so everyone can have enough. Amen.