Share a story that demonstrates the value of not focusing too much on appearance.
Sheet 2.1, paper and colouring pencils/pens, dice, large piece of paper per group of eight and glue.
Listen to the story and find out about the two characters.
Read the story (5 mins). Ask everyone to sit comfortably and quietly for a story. Read out the story to the group. You could make this more interactive by asking participants to help read sections of the story or use actions during the story,
like Gilly brushing her fur or Millie dive-bombing into the water.
Draw the characters (5 mins). Now hand out paper and pens, and ask participants in pairs to draw the two main characters, Millie the mouse and Gilly the mouse.
Discuss the characters (5 mins). Ask the pairs to come together into groups of around eight. Each group should have a leader with them.
Put the Millie pictures out on the floor. Can you all tell me one thing about Millie’s character; what she’s like or what she likes to do? Ask each participant in turn to say something to help build up a picture of Millie’s character.
Put the Gilly pictures out on the floor. Can you all tell me one thing about Gilly’s character, what she’s like or what she likes to do? Ask each participant in turn to help build up a picture of Gilly’s character.