Do you know that normal (but special!) kids like you sang One World, One Heart Beating and played all the instruments? And that the video was created by a 9-year-old boy? (If you know how to read chords and want to play along to the song – it only has 3! – C, F and G – click here.)
Here’s your chance to make a difference…
Post and Vote
You are smart, creative and caring, and now it’s your turn to create your own message, poem, rap, song, sculpture, painting, photo, movie, dance, game or story about caring for the world and one other. Use your iPod, iPad, cell phone, web cam, or camera to record your masterpiece and post it on YouTube. Put a link to your creation in the Comments section below and take a look at what other kids’ have posted. To vote on which creation you like the best, click here. Winners will receive a free download of One World, One Heart Beating (the song) and will be posted on our Facebook page!
Want or need to be off-screen? Here are some fun activities you can do with pencils, paper, a dictionary, old magazines, fabric scraps, string, markers, scissors and glue.
1. Alphabet Antics
I had fun turning the words “WORLD” and “HEART” into acronyms (a word formed from the first letters of other words i.e. UN stands for United Nations). I made sure each word I chose describes one quality of the One World One Heart Beating project. Here’s what I came up with:
W – With
O – Our
R – Radiance
L – Love
D – Develops
Now it’s your turn. Let’s start with the word “HEART”. Use your imagination and maybe a dictionary to turn it into an acronym of sorts that stands for things you love and things that make you happy. Here’s what I chose:
Here are some more One World themed words you can turn into acronyms: ONE, WORLD, HARMONY, UNITY, EARTH, LOVE, PEACE…. Or come up with some of your own.
Share your cool acronyms with the world by posting them in the Comments section on this page.
2. Collage Art
Cut out pictures from old magazines to create a collage that represents your acronym. Begin by gluing the pictures onto a large, sturdy piece of paper. For an interesting visual backdrop, let the pictures overlap and change directions. You can look for images that match the words you have chosen exactly. (If I was making a collage for my last acronym, I might cut out a picture of a yummy apple pie.) Or you can choose to focus on one of the things you love, paint a background onto your paper, and glue different coloured paper scraps onto it to represent your object like this:
You can also find images that make you think or feel the words you have chosen. (I might choose a picture of a kitten to represent the word “Love.”) You can even glue some things from nature like dried leaves, flowers and small shells onto your backdrop to create some interesting texture.
When the page is filled with background images you can cut it into a shape if you wish. (I might make it into a heart if I am illustrating the word HEART or round for the word WORLD.) Cut out the letters that spell your special word in large bold letters and glue them onto your collage.
Ta-da! You have a beautiful magical piece of art to hang on your wall.
3. Art Magic
If you are having a rough day or feeling sad, bad, or mad, take a moment to look at your collage. Choose a special thing you love that you see there, then close your eyes and pretend you are playing with or experiencing it. Keep breathing in this good feeling for a few minutes, open your eyes, and notice how much better you feel!
4. Prayer Flags
Do you want to send the world some love? Why not make and hang some prayer flags while holding a loving feeling in your heart? Prayer flags come from the Buddhist tradition and are used to spread peace, compassion, strength, and wisdom. As the flags are blown by the wind, positive messages are carried to all beings.
You will need scraps of fabric, scissors, and markers, and maybe stencils, glue, and glitter as well as string to make and hang your prayer flags. Feel the good feeling you want to share with the world in your heart as you create.