I Am Thankful for My Hands
To help each child appreciate his or her hands and what they can do.
- Sensory Hands
- Prepare my Reverent hands. Put Velcro dots on the tip of each finger
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Show the children the hands you have prepares. Have the children one at a time come and feel the sensory hands. What does it feel like? (soft, hard, smooth, rough). I filled the gloves with jelly beans because of the color, rice and flour. You can feel them with anything you want e.g. cotton balls, beans, even water. Continue until every child has had a turn.
What did you use to feel the object?
Our hands are a great blessing to us. We can use our hands in many ways.
We can do many things with our hands
Have the children hold up their hands and look at them. Talk about what the children can do with their hands. They can pick something up with their fingers and thumb; they can hold something in their palms; they can wave and turn their hands in all directions.
ow did your hands help you get ready to come to church?
Have the children pantomime morning activities, such as washing their faces, getting dressed, combing their hair, eating, and brushing their teeth.
How do your hands help you play?
Have the children pantomime ways they use their hands in play, such as bouncing a ball, feeding a doll, building with blocks or sand, or playing a drum.
How do your hands help you work?
Have the children pantomime ways they use their hands to work, such as picking up toys, setting the table, making a bed, or feeding a pet.
How do your hands help you when you come to church?
Have the children pantomime ways we use our hands in church, such as shaking hands, holding a picture, raising a hand to answer a question, or taking the sacrament.
Help the children understand that our hands are a great blessing to us and that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to use our hands to help ourselves and to help others. Explain that Heavenly Father and Jesus do not want us to use our hands to be unkind to others—to hit or pinch or scratch. They want us to learn to use our hands in the right ways.
My Reverent hands
Prepare my Reverent hands. Put Velcro dots on the tip of each finger. As you talk about the picture put it on a finger.
Talk about each way we can us our hands to be reverent and the things our hands can do at church.
Men who hold the priesthood can bless us through the laying on of hands. One at a time, and let the children identify the different kinds of blessings we can receive through the hands of priesthood holders. Help them understand that we can be given blessings when we are babies; we can be baptized when we are eight years old; we can be confirmed after baptism and be given the gift of the Holy Ghost; we can take the bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders, during the sacrament each week; and we can receive blessings when we are sick.
Jesus was going to Jerusalem. Along the way some people wanted Jesus to bless their children. The disciples told the people not to bother Jesus. He had had a long trip and was tired.
But Jesus Christ loves children. He told the disciples to let the children come to Him. Read to the children Matthew 19:13 (through pray). Talk about how Jesus used his hands to bless the children. “Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray.”
Jesus also told the disciples to let the children come to Him. Jesus also told the disciples that they should be like little children. Then they could live with God in heaven.
Jesus used his hands to help people in other ways, such as blessing them when they were sick, blind, or deaf.
I found this image on Pinterest.
Turn off the lights in the classroom and use a flash light or the flash light on your phone. Show the children how to make simple shadow puppets using their hands.
Our hands can talk
Use your hands to wave or beckon. Ask the children what you are saying with your hands.
Explain that some people who are deaf and cannot hear or talk make signs with their hands that mean words. They talk with their hands. This is called sign language.
Teach the children simple words with sign language.
Trace around each child’s hand on a blank piece of paper. Let them color “My Reverent hands”. Help them cut and glue the circles onto the fingers.
Let the children color a sign language coloring sheet.
Hold up your hands and express your gratitude for them. Encourage the children to thank Heavenly Father for their hands and to use their hands to help themselves and others.
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