I Am Thankful for Birds and Insects
To help each child feel gratitude to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for birds, insects, and creeping things.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, they planted wheat and other grain. They needed the grain to make bread and cereal to eat. The wheat grew big and tall. Just before it was time to harvest the wheat, a big cloud filled the sky. It was not a rain cloud, but a cloud of thousands of hungry black crickets.
The crickets landed on the wheat and began to eat it.
The pioneers did everything they could to stop the crickets from eating their wheat. They built fires, beat the crickets with brooms and blankets, and even tried covering the crickets with water. But the crickets did not stop. The pioneers were afraid that they would not have food for the winter. They knelt down in prayer and asked Heavenly Father for help.
Soon great flocks of seagulls came and began to eat the crickets. Before long, most of the crickets were gone. The pioneers thanked Heavenly Father for sending the seagulls and saving their crops (see William E. Berrett, The Restored Church [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1961], pp. 283–85).
How did the seagulls help the pioneers?
Heavenly Father asked Jesus Christ to create birds
We have been learning about the creation of the earth. Do you remember who made the earth?
On the fifth day Jesus put
fish in the water and
birds in the skies. We talk about fish a couple of weeks ago.
Today we are going to talk about bird and insects. Heavenly Father had Jesus Christ create birds for us to enjoy and to make the earth a nice place on which to live.
There are different kinds of birds live all over the world.
Is this a bird?
How can you tell? (It has wings, feathers, and a beak.)
Let the children talk about any experiences they have had with birds.
Birds can help us
Once upon a time there was a king named Ahab and a queen named Jezebel.
They were very wicked. They worshipped idols.
Elijah was prophet of God. Elijah told Ahab and his people to repent. If they did not repent, God would send a famine. A famine means that there would be no water and no food.
This made Jezebel mad! She killed the prophets of God and she wanted to kill Elijah.
God told Elijah to hide from Jezebel. Elijah hid by a stream of water. He drank from the stream. God sent birds called ravens to bring food to Elijah.
The ravens would bring Elijah bread and meat. Heavenly Father and Jesus have power over everything, even the birds. Jesus told the birds to take care of Elijah when he had to hide from the wicked king Ahab and his wife Jezebel.
How did the ravens know they should bring food to Elijah?
What kind of food did the ravens bring?
When I was a little girl there was a very popular movie where all the children were shrunk down to ¼ inches. Show the children what ¼ inches looks like.
The kid’s dad was a scientist and invented a machine that would shrink things. The kids accidently got shrunk by the machine. The dad came into the room and didn’t realize the kids had been shrunk, he starts cleaning up and sweeps them up into the garbage bag and out to the street for garbage pickup.
The kids are out on the street and need to get back to the house so their dad can get them back to normal size, but first they need to get back to the house!
The lawn looks huge and there are all kinds of crazy things. Rocks look like mountains, puddles of water look like oceans, and then there are the insects! Can you image what the insects would look like? They would be so big!
On their way back to the house they find an ant that they turn into a pet. A pet ant!
They would ride on the back of the ant.
That night they fell asleep inside a Lego. They heard someone screaming! It was their brother he was screaming because he was being attack by a HUGE scorpion. This would be really scary because the scorpion is huge; it is the size of a house! Their pet ant came to the rescues and helped them fight off the scorpion.
Then after the horrible attack the sprinklers came on. Huge drops of water the size of cars were falling all around them. When the water would hit it would create lakes in the front lawn because the children were so small. They had to find some were to hide from these big drops of water. They found a worm hole where they could find shelter.
After a lot of scary adventures they made it back to the house and their dad was able to un-shrink them.
Heavenly Father asked Jesus Christ to create insects and creeping things
Jesus Christ also created insects and creeping things such as spiders and snakes. These creatures are a part of Heavenly Father’s plan.
Have the children guess the insects and creeping things described in the following riddles. As each riddle is guessed, display and discuss the appropriate cutout figure.
I am yellow and I buzz.
My tummy is covered with fuzz.
I make honey for you and me.
I am a honey _____. (Bee; make a buzzing sound.)
I spin a web to catch my food.
I have eight legs just like I should.
People often don’t like me.
Can you guess what I might be? (Spider; move fingers like legs.)
I was once a caterpillar.
I can fly up in the sky.
I have beautiful wings.
I am a _____. (Butterfly; softly move fingers like wings.)
What do you know about these creatures?
Insects were created for many reasons. Some insects can be eaten by birds, animals, and other insects; some can make pleasant sights and sounds. Honeybees make honey for us to eat, and they help fruits, flowers, and vegetables grow.
Have the children pretend they are caterpillars spinning cocoons.
- Curl up like an egg. Have the children wrap their arms around their legs, pretending to be asleep.
- Crawl like a caterpillar
- Be still like a chrysalis
- Fly like a butterfly. Remind the children that butterflies are very quiet, even when they move. Have the children stand and pretend to fly silently around the room.
Which insects do you like? Why?
Some insects bother us. They eat our food and can bite or sting us. Remind the children of the story of the seagulls and the crickets. The crickets were eating all of the pioneers’ food. Usually when insects hurt or bother us, they are only trying to protect themselves.
Eency Weency Spider
Eency weency spider went up the water spout (use two fingers of one hand to “climb” the opposite arm).
Down came the rain and washed the spider out (raise hands above head, then lower while wiggling fingers).
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (make a circle overhead with arms).
Then the eency weency spider went up the spout again (repeat action from first line).
Play the butterfly game. Have the children sit in a circle. Choose one child to be the butterfly. This child waves a paper butterfly over the other children’s heads while walking around the outside of the circle. As the child walks around the circle, recite this verse:
One little butterfly flew away
On a very bright, warm summer day.
It flew up in the sky so blue,
And when it landed, it landed on you!
When you say, “It landed on you,” the child who is the butterfly places the paper butterfly in another child’s lap. That child is now the butterfly. Repeat the verse until every child has had a turn to be the butterfly.
Remind the children that birds, insects, and other creeping things are an important part of our earth. Express your feelings of gratitude for these creatures.
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