Not just the leaving prayer this year but a whole 5 minutes.
You will need one modelling balloon, preferably a long one, and a pump.
Blow it up all the way taking about how we fill ourselves with information over the year.
Then let it go, (the children love this bit) and mention that we hope they don’t lose all they have learnt over the summer like the balloon lost its air.
Start again. This time inflate to 3/4 and tie off. The make the following bubbles whilst talking about all the different, unconnected things one might have learnt over the year / years. one Tulip twist or 1″ bubble if you can’t do the tulip. Two 1/2″ bubbles, five 1″ bubbles. Twist after the two 1/2″ together before the last 1″, push the Tulip through the ring and set the flower.
If you have enough left, you should be able to make the petals.
Whilst doing this talk about all the different things we learn coming together into something wonderful and creative, rather than just a lot of air that blows away. If we make the most of our school years, we can be whatever we aspire to be, creative, brilliant and clever, just like this flower. (or not if it goes wrong) Mustn’t worry that it might all seem a bit disjointed at the start, or at times we really don’t know where we are going there is always a creative and wonderful unique purpose for each person and, unlike the balloon, it gets better and better the more you discover…
Well, it worked anyway.
For better balloon twisting instructions google “flower balloon twisting”