Kids’ Corner

Oona McOUat,, Kids, Peace, music, One World, One Heart Beating, Zimbabwe, Salt Spring Island

Photos by Jose Sanchez

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.)

9-year-old Kasper hard at work editing the One World, One Heart Beating music video

Here’s your chance to make a difference…

Create and Post a Positive Message for the World

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, 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. Your voice matters. Make a difference today.

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

H – Harmony    
E – Everyone
A – Accepting
R – Respecting
T – Together

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:

H – Hugs
E – Earth
A – Apple Pie
R – Rainbows
T – Tickling

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.

Faerie Camp, Prayer Flags, Oona McOuat, Salt Spring Island,

Here are some photos of children in Canada making prayer flags for the disappearing honeybees.


15 thoughts on “Kids’ Corner

    • This is fantastic! Thanks for all the good work you do, Jennifer, and for sharing this with us. Please tell the student who made it – this is a moving and inspiring creation! Two Thumbs up!!

  1. The video and song were amazing! I really liked how you put together the voices and the videos!!!!!! I have emailed it to many schools in Canada. Sebastian makes great videos too!!!!

  2. Well I’m a stranger here in this place called Earth
    And I was sent down here to discover the worth
    Of your little blue planet third from the sun
    Come on and show me what you’ve done

    We’ve got the aero plane, we’ve got the automobile
    We’ve got sky scrapin’ buildings made of glass and steel
    We’ve got synthetic food that nearly tastes real
    And a little white pill that makes you feel “Hey!”
    A whole lot better when you get outta bed
    You take one in the mornin’ for the long day ahead
    We’ve got everything everybody needs to survive
    Surely the good life has arrived

    I think your atmosphere is hurting my eyes
    And your concrete mountains are blacking out the skies
    Now I don’t say that you’ve been telling me lies
    But why do I hear those children’s cries

    I’m a stranger here, I’m just looking around

    I see the aero planes carrying the bombs
    Why, you’ve even found people to drop them on
    You know you can’t keep what you take by force
    But it’s only my first impression of course
    And I’m a stranger here on the planet Earth

    We’ve got the rivers and the mountains and the valleys and the trees
    We’ve got the birds in the sky, we’ve got the fish in the sea
    We’ve got the –

    Oh you crazy fools don’t you know you had it made
    You were living in Paradise
    But take it from one who knows
    Who knows the gates of Heaven can close
    I only pray that you take my advice
    Because Paradise won’t come twice

    Well I’m a stranger here in this place called Earth
    And I was sent down here to discover the worth
    Of your little blue planet third from the sun
    I think I’ll go back home where I come from

    five-man electrical band

      • Me too! It’s GREAT. You have a real talent and a good heart. Keep sharing what you know with others, so that they too, can understand how important it is to honor & respect our beautiful blue swirling marble of a planet!! There’s no place like Home.


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