I Belong to a Family
To help each child understand that Heavenly Father planned for each of us to belong to a family that needs us and loves us.
- Picture 1-16, The Nativity
- Picture 1-7, A Loving Family
- Picture 1-5, Family with a Baby
- Picture 1-51, A Family Working Together
- Picture 1-53, Family Fun
- Coloring sheet
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Make birds and a nest.
Who builds the nest for the baby birds?
Why do the baby birds need a mother and father to take care of them? (To feed them, to keep them warm, and to protect them from danger.)
When the baby birds get a little older and stronger, who will teach them to fly?
Baby birds belong to a family that will help take care of their needs.
Help the children do the actions to “Birds in the Tree” (Children’s Songbook, p. 241) while you sing or say the words:
We will find a little nest (cup hands together)
In the branches of a tree (hold arms up rounded over head).
Let us count the eggs inside;
There are one, two, three (hold up one, two, and three fingers).
Mother bird sits on the nest (cup left hand, place right hand on top)
To hatch the eggs, all three (hold up three fingers).
Father bird flies round and round (move arms in a flying motion)
To guard his family.
I belong to a family
Do you have a family?
Why do you need a family to take care of you?
Show picture 1-5, Family with a Baby. Heavenly Father planned for each of us to come to earth and be part of a family. When a baby is born, the baby can’t take care of itself. A baby can’t feed or dress itself. It needs a family to take care of it.
Who took care of you when you were born?
What are some things that your family did for you when you were a baby?
What are some things that your family does for you now?
Who planned for you to belong to a family?
Help the children understand how happy their families were when they were born. Emphasize how much their parents and other family members love them and want them to be happy.
Help the children sing or say the words to “I Am a Child of God” (Children’s Songbook, p. 2).
I am a child of God,
And he has sent me here,
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.
Jesus has a Family
A long long time ago, God sent the angel Gabriel
to a young woman who lived in Nazareth.
Who knows who the woman was? The woman’s name was Mary and she was going to marry Joseph.
Mary was scared when she saw the angel but the angel Gabriel said “Peace be with you. God has blessed you and is pleased with you.” He told Mary that she would be having a baby. It would be a baby boy and his name would be Jesus. He will be God’s son.
When Mary told
Joseph that she was going to give birth to the Son of God he was worried. An angel
appeared to Joseph and said “Don’t be afraid to have Mary as your wife”. The angel said that Mary was chosen by God to be the Mother of Jesus. He also told Joseph that Jesus would be the Savior to all mankind. Joseph did as the angel said and he and Mary were married.
Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth and at this time there was a census. The census was ordered because the officials wanted to make sure everyone was paying their taxes. Everyone was ordered to return to the town where their families originally came from. Joseph was from Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph had to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This was a long way to travel and Mary was going to have a baby at any time
Because of the census a lot of people were traveling back to the places where their families had originally come from, the town was full. Mary and Joseph had to travel very slowly because she was going to have a baby. By the time they reached Bethlehem there was no place to stay. All the inns were full. The only place that Mary and Joseph could find was a stable with the animals.
Mary gave birth to Jesus
in the stable and Jesus sleep in a manger.
Heavenly Father wanted everyone to know about his gift to us, so he placed a beautiful new star
in the sky.
Show picture 1-16, The Nativity
Who are the people in this picture?
Who is Jesus’ mother?
Who is Jesus’ father? (Remind the children that Heavenly Father is Jesus’ father; Joseph was a good man chosen by Heavenly Father to take care of Mary and Jesus.)
How do you think Mary and Joseph felt about Jesus?
What do you think Mary and Joseph did to care for baby Jesus?
Who planned for Jesus to have a family to love and take care of him?
Heavenly Father and Jesus love every family
Show picture 1-7, A Loving Family. Some families have a mother and a father, and some families have only one parent. Some families have a grandparent or other person helping to take care of the children. Some families have many children, while other families have one child or no children. Help the children understand that every family is different and Heavenly Father and Jesus love every family.
Who Lives in your House?
Place the house on the chalkboard. Invite each child to tell about his or her family. One at a time, let the children come up and pick the cartoon people that represent his or her family. Cut out each of the people and place magnets on the backs.
The download includes a mom and dad, grandma, grandpa, 3 boys and 1 teenage boy, 3 girls and 1 teenage girl, a boy baby and a girl baby, one cat and one dog. Have the child say each family member’s name aloud and then count the members of the family. As each child finishes, share with the class something you have learned about the child’s family.
Heavenly Father and Jesus want family members to show love for one another
How do you know your family loves you?
What do you do to show your family members you love them?
Show picture 1-53, Family Fun.
Is this a happy family? How do you know?
What do you like to do with your family?
When everyone is kind to one another, how do you feel?
Show picture 1-51, A Family Working Together.
What is this family doing?
What do you do to help your family?
How do you feel when you help members of your family
Help the children do the following finger play:
Here is my pretty mother (point to index finger);
Here is my father tall (point to middle finger).
Here is my older sister (point to ring finger),
And that isn’t all.
Here is my baby brother (point to little finger),
As small as small can be.
Who is this other person (point to thumb)?
Of course you know it’s me.
One, two, three, four, five, you see (touch each finger as you count),
Make a very nice family!
Help each child hold up the appropriate number of fingers to represent the number of people in his or her family (if a child’s family has more than ten people, have another child help). Help each child repeat the last two lines of the verse, counting up to the number of people in his or her family before saying “make a very nice family!”
Have the children think of different ways they could help their families at home, such as picking up their toys, playing with the baby, or helping wash the dishes. Let the children act out their ideas. Encourage the children to help their families during the week.
I belong to a family!
Give each child a copy of the coloring sheet. Let them draw pictures of each member in their families.
Share your feelings of gratitude to Heavenly Father for the blessing of being part of a family.
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