Empathy Lesson

This activity provides an opportunity for children to learn about the value of helping others through the creation of a compassionate character they can take with them on all of their earth-loving missions.
Empathy Lesson

The White Feather Flier will take you on a journey to help the Earth.

Materials you’ll need

  • One Sheet of White Foam Paper
  • Scissors
  • 2 Googly Eyes
  • 5 White Feathers
  • Felt-tip Markers
  • Glue Plastic bottle cap filled to level w/Silly Putty or Play-Doh
  • Plastic dome (empty toy container)
  • Twine
  • Small Fabric Pom-poms
  • Stapler


  1. Have the child press the plastic dome down in the top middle of the foam sheet and the adult cut a hole using scissors to match the indent (where the dome will emerge in the finished Flier).
  2. Have the child roll the paper into a cylinder and hold while the adult fastens with staples. Be sure to cut and set aside a small square that will later become the front of the Flier.
  3. Have the adult poke 5 small holes into the foam sheet using the tip of the scissors (two in front of the dome hole; two at the back and one in the top back).
  4. Have the child glue googly eyes onto front of the dome. Set aside to dry.
  5. When eyes are dry, the adult should gently insert the dome into the cylinder and place it above the hole. If the hole is too loose, secure with glue.
  6. Tuck the reserved square into the open hole ahead of dome to complete the front. It should hold without any glue.
  7. Have the child hold the Flier steady while the adult glues the plastic bottle cap at the edge of the front of the cylinder. Set aside to dry.
  8. Once dry, have the child gently place one white feather inside each small hole.
  9. Cut a handful of small pieces of twine, then have the child glue one fabric pom-pom onto the end of each piece of twine.
  10. Have the adult glue or staple the twine inside the open back end of the Flier, with the pom-pom ends dangling over the edge, as if they’re trailing behind.
  11. Have the child decorate the Flier using the felt-tip markers. Be sure to add a smile to the front!

Suggested discussion topics

  • Recall a time when someone helped the child or they helped someone else and how good it felt.
  • Why it’s important to help the earth (discuss everything that’s a part of the earth: plants, bodies of water, animals, insects, trees, rocks).
  • Ways to help the earth (pick up litter, recycle, water plants).
  • Explore natural creatures that fly like the White Feather Flier (birds, bats, certain breeds of squirrels, mobula ray gliding fish, insects); discuss why it’s so important to keep the air clean and reduce pollution for them.

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