I Have Feelings
To help each child understand and identify feelings and learn ways to be happy.
- Picture 1-47, Children Quarreling
- Picture 1-48, Children Playing with Blocks
- Picture 1-46, Children Giving Mother Flowers
- Picture 1-45, Washing Dishes
- The emotion faces on popsicle sticks for each children
- Copy of coloring sheet for each child
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Video is included in the PowerPoint.
Show the figure of the Smiling/Frowning Face. Sing or say the words to “Smiles” (Children’s Songbook, p. 267) several times with the children. Give each child a Smiling/Frowning Face.
Have the children turn the face to the smile or frown at the appropriate times.
If you chance to meet a frown,
Do not let it stay.
Quickly turn it upside down
And smile that frown away.
No one likes a frowning face.
Change it for a smile.
Make the world a better place
By smiling all the while.
Our feelings show in our faces and in our actions
How do you feel when you have a smile on your face?
How do you feel when you have a frown on your face?
People can often tell how we feel by looking at our faces. Have the children show you their happy faces.
Show the different faces one at a time. As you show each face, ask the children to describe the feelings expressed on the face, and then ask them to make their own faces look happy, sad, angry, and frightened.
What makes you feel happy?
What makes you feel sad?
What makes you feel angry?
What makes you feel frightened?
Share with the children a time when you have been sad, angry, or frightened and a time when you have been happy.
We can learn to control our feelings
Explain that it is good to show all of the different feelings we have, but we must show them in the right ways, especially when we are angry.
Show picture 1-47, Children Quarreling.
How do you think these children feel?
What do you think they are saying to each other?
What should you do when you are angry?
Explain that although we may feel like hitting, yelling, or hurting someone when we are angry, we can learn to show our feelings politely and kindly. When we hit or yell, we only feel angrier, but being kind can help us feel better.
Let the children take turns being the children in the picture. Help them think of things the children in the picture might say to each other instead of yelling or hitting, such as “May I have a turn now?” “Let’s take turns,” “I feel sad when you call me bad names,” or “I don’t like it when you do that.”
Show picture 1-48, Children Playing with Blocks. Point out that these children are playing nicely together and have happy faces because they are sharing and speaking kindly to each other.
Who can help you feel better when you are sad, angry, or frightened?
Explain that when we talk to our mothers, fathers, and others who love us, they can help us understand why we feel like we do. If we pray to Heavenly Father, the Holy Ghost can help us feel better. The Holy Ghost will help us know what to do so that we can be happy again.
Have the children stand and do the following activity verse several times:
Sometimes when I’m very sad (make a sad face),
My mother hugs me. Then I’m glad (hug self and make a happy face).
Sometimes when I’m very mad (make an angry face),
I walk away and talk with Dad (walk in place and nod head, as if talking).
If something ever frightens me (make a frightened face),
I say a prayer to comfort me (fold arms).
Then when I go out to play,
I’ll be happy every day (make a happy face).
We are happy when we help others
Show picture 1-46, Children Giving Mother Flowers.
How do you think the people in this picture feel?
Why do you think they feel that way?
How do you feel when you give something to someone?
Show picture 1-45, Washing Dishes.
What is this boy doing?
How do you think the boy in the picture feels? Why?
How do you feel when you help someone?
Help the children do the following activity verse:
Helping Makes Me Happy
I like to help my mother (pretend to put on apron);
She has so much to do.
I help her dry the dishes (pretend to dry dishes)
And feed the baby, too (pretend to feed bottle to baby).
I like to help my father (pretend to put on garden gloves);
He has so much to do (pretend to trim bushes or pull weeds).
I help him in the garden (pretend to water plants)
Until his work is through.
Helping makes me happy (point to smiling face).
It makes me feel so good (put hands on opposite shoulders and hug self).
For when I’m helping others (spread arms wide),
I’m doing what I should (nod head and fold arms)!
Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be happy
Explain that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be happy. They know that we can be happy when we do what they tell us to do.
The Prodigal Son
Give the children popsicle sticks with each emotion glue to the stick. Have them hold up the right emotion for the story.
I am going to tell you a story that Jesus told people to teach them a spiritual lesson.
Once upon a time there a man and he had two sons. The man was very happy.
The man was very wealthy and the boys would have an inheritance when he died.
Do you know what inheritance means? The man promised to give his money to them when he died. The younger son did not want to wait. He wanted his money now! He wanted to live a little. He wanted to travel and see exotic places. He asked his father for his part of the money and his father gave it to him.
The son took the money and left home. The father was very sad that his son left.
The son have fun and he did see a lot of exotic places. All this fun was not cheap though, and eventually the money ran out.
The son did not even have enough money to buy food. He was so hungry. The son was scared
because he did not have any food.
The boy saw a man who said he was willing to help him. The son was happy
someone was willing to help him. The man told the boy he would give him a job feeding his pigs.
The son was so hungry that he wanted to eat the pig’s food. The boy started thinking about his father’s house. The boy was sad.
He ate so good at his father’s house, even the servants had good food. The boy made a decision. He decided to repent and ask to be a servant in his father’s house.
The father saw the boy coming and ran to meet him. The father was so happy
to see his son he put his arms around him and kissed him. The son said he didn’t feel worthy to be called his father’s son. The son told his father that he had sinned.
The father told a servant to bring the best clothes and put them on the son. The servant put shoes on the son’s feet and a ring on his finger. He told the servant to prepare a feast. He wanted everyone to celebrate. The son who had sinned had repented and returned home.
The older son had been working. When he came home, he heard music and dancing. A servant told him that his younger brother had come home. His father wanted everyone to celebrate.
The older son was angry
and would not go into the house. He was angry because he had stayed with his father and worked in the fields. He hadn’t taken his entire father’s inheritance and wasted it on foolish things! He didn’t get a celebration!
His father came out to talk with him. The father was happy
that the older son had always stayed with him. Everything the father had would be his. The father also said that it was right to celebrate. He was happy
his younger son had repented and returned home
How do you think the son felt when he came home?
Why was the father happy when his son returned?
Why was the older brother angry when his younger brother returned?
What could he do to be happy again?
Have the children stand in a circle. Ask them to make their lips straight and not smile. Then start a smile around the circle by smiling and saying the following words: “I will give a smile to (child’s name).” The child you named should now smile and repeat the phrase, inserting the name of the next child. Continue until all the children in the circle are smiling.
Remind the children that when we smile at other people, they will often smile back. It is hard to be sad, angry, or frightened when we are smiling.
Have the children make a happy face, a sad face, an angry face, and a scared face. Explain that they can tell in words how they feel instead of crying or fussing. When we talk about our feelings we often feel better.
Assure the children that everyone feels happy, sad, angry, or frightened at times. We should learn to show these feelings in the right ways. Remind the children that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be happy. Tell the children how you feel happy when you do what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do.
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