I Am Thankful for Trees, Plants, and Flowers
To help each child feel gratitude to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for trees, plants, and flowers.
- Piece of fruit in a paper bag
- Bring some seeds (such as flower seeds, beans, or wheat) and a paper cup full of soil for each child to take home
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Pass around the bag with the fruit, vegetable, or branch in it, closed so the children cannot see what is inside. Have the children feel the bag and guess what is in it. Tell them not to guess out loud until everyone has had a chance to feel the bag. When everyone has felt the bag, let the children tell you what they think is in the bag. Take the item out of the bag, and talk about its appearance and usefulness.
Trees, plants, and flowers make the earth a beautiful place to live
We have taked about Jesus making the earth for Heavenly Father. Everything on the earth was created according to Heavenly Father’s plan. Do you remember what Jesus created on the first day?
On the first day Jesus made the light. He called it day. He made the dark. He called it night.
The second day Jesus divided the water. Some water was on the earth. Some water was in the clouds in the sky.
What did Jesus create on the fourth day?
The fourth day Jesus made the sun. He made the moon and the stars.
We skipped a number, what number did we skip? We skipped the third day.
We are going to talk about today what Jesus created on the third day. Jesus made the grass and the trees and all the plants grow. Heavenly Father and Jesus wanted to make the earth beautiful with trees, plants, and flowers.
The heavens and the earth were created by
Jesus Christ under the direction of Heavenly Father. Everywhere you look you can see all that They created for you. The sun, stars, seas, animals, trees, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and all else show that you have a Heavenly Father and a Savior who love you. They created all this to bless us and help us be happy.
Heavenly Father and Jesus created Adam and Eve
, the first man and woman on earth, and placed them in a beautiful garden called Eden. Adam was commanded to take care of the garden.
You are part of Adam family, and you, too can help care for the earth. You can plant a flower, a tree, or a garden to make the earth more beautiful. Plants also provide oxygen, food and shelter. You can help save water and food by not using more than you need. You can help to keep the earth clean and beautiful by picking up litter whenever you see it.
Bring a plant or a part of a plant (such as a flower or some leaves) for the children to see, feel, and smell. Give each child a chance to touch or hold the plant. Point out its color, smell, or beauty. Express your gratitude for plants, flowers, and trees
What are the things that a plant needs to grow?
Have the children take turns turning the leaves to reveal that helps a plant grow. Talk with the children about each thing as it is revealed.
Have the children stand and sing “Popcorn Popping” (Children’s Songbook, p. 242), using hand actions as suggested by the words. Explain that in the springtime, apricot trees grow white flowers that look like popcorn.
I looked out the window, and what did I see?
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree!
Spring had brought me such a nice surprise,
Blossoms popping right before my eyes. I could take an armful and make a treat,
A popcorn ball that would smell so sweet.
It wasn’t really so, but it seemed to be
Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.
Explain that some flowers grow on trees, some grow on bushes and vines, and some grow right out of the ground. Invite the children to talk about flowers they have seen.
How do we use flowers to make our world beautiful? (We plant them in flower gardens, make bouquets, and wear them in our hair or on our clothes.)
Why do we give someone flowers? (For special occasions and to make people happy.)
Russell M. Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said:
My family and I recently had a simple but impressive experience with one of God’s creations. I gave my wife, Barbara, a dozen rosebuds for a valentine. They were a delicate shade of peach and had a rich scent. Barbara put them into a vase and placed them on the table in our family room. As the days passed, the family watched the blossoms unfold from buds to full flowers.
Plants and trees are necessary for us to live
The tree comes in four pages so it can be really big. Place the
cut outs face down on the table. Have the child come up and choose a cut out an place it on the tree. Talk about how plants and trees are necessary for us to live.
First the birds use the tree for their home. They carefully build a nest, and the mother bird lays eggs in it. When the baby birds hatch from the eggs, the tree provides a good home for them. It protects them from the hot sun, from the rain, and from animals on the ground that would harm them. The tree also provides fruit for the family that lives nearby. The children play in the shade of the tree and attach a swing to a large branch. When part of the tree dies, the family cuts it down and uses it for firewood to keep the house warm.
Why are trees important to us? (They provide food, wood, shade, and a place to play.)
Show some items from your home or the classroom that are made of wood, and talk about the many uses of wood.
What other things do you know of that are made of wood?
Explain that we also use plants in many ways. One of the most important things plants provide for us is food.
Bring a fruit or vegetable that has seeds inside. Tell the children that there is a surprise inside. Cut open the fruit or vegetable so the children can see the seeds. Explain that when the seeds are planted and provided with water and sunshine, they will grow and produce more fruit or vegetables.
What kinds of plants do we eat?
Take the children for a nature walk outside to look at different types of plants. If the weather does not permit going outdoors, the children might look out the window and take turns telling what plants they can see. If appropriate, explain the seasonal changes that affect the plants and trees.
Talk with the children about the grains, fruits, and vegetables grown locally. Explain that grains are often made into bread and cereal. Ask each child to name his or her favorite food that comes from a plant. Let the children taste the sample of fruit, vegetable, or bread that you brought. Tell them about the plant or tree that it came from.
Heavenly Father had Jesus create many different plants and trees so we would have good things to eat.
How can we thank Heavenly Father for our food? (By remembering to ask for a blessing on the food before we eat.)
Bring some seeds (such as flower seeds, beans, or wheat) and a paper cup full of soil for each child to take home. Show the children how to plant their seeds, and remind them that they will need to provide water and sunlight for the seeds to grow.
Share your testimony of the love Heavenly Father and Jesus have for each of us. Remind the children to remember that love every day when they see beautiful trees, plants, and flowers.
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