Buy three different color apples, such as red, green, and yellow, (the closer in size, the better). Ask your child/children what is different about the apples, getting to the fact that the skins of the apple are different colors.
Then, explain that there is something wonderful and the same about the apples. The apples are alike! Take a knife and cut a large slice out of each apples. Show the apples to the class explaining; The apples are all alike inside. The skin on the outside is one color, but on the inside the apples are the same.
People are like the apples. People have different skin colors on the outside. But, on the inside we are alike. Have your child/children brainstorm on all the ways that make people alike, (we have feelings, we bleed the same color blood, we need air...).
Same and Different (The Sassafras)
When children understand how we are all far more alike than different, it helps to promote harmony with their peers. Read the story, then follow the directions for the art project. Optional; brainstorm how we as people, are similar, (Need shelter, food, water, air, love...).
(Note: Sassafras trees are found in Eastern North America, from southernmost Ontario, Canada, through the eastern United States south to central Florida and west to southern Iowa and eastern Texas…)
Art Activity: Sassafras Tree