I Can Be Kind to Animals
To help each child understand the importance of being kind to animals.
- Copy of the lamb
- Cotton balls
- Picture 1-28, Creation—Living Creatures (Gospel Art Picture Kit 100; 62483)
- Glue the picture of the dog and cat to a popsicle stick for each child
- Print the Animal Match game onto cardstock
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Mix up the animal cards and lay them face down in a grid on the table or floor. Invite the children to take turns turning over two squares, one at a time, and placing them picture side up. If the two animals match, have the child put them together in an “animal parade” with a piece of tape or magnets on the chalkboard. If the two animals do not match, have the child turn the cards back over in the same places. Continue until all the animals have been matched and placed in the animal parade.
Does the animal parade remind you of a story in the Bible?
Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be kind to animals
The people on earth had becoming very bad! They were so bad they had stop thinking about God. God was very sad and angry. He wanted to clean the earth and get rid of everybody and everything that was bad. There was only one man who wasn’t bad. Do you know who that man was?
Noah. Noah loved God and God loved Noah.
God told Noah about his plan. He said he was going to clean the earth and get rid of anything that was bad. God gave instructions to Noah. He told his that he was to make a boat. He was very specific with his instructions. God told Noah what kind of wood to use and how big to make the boat. He told Noah to put a huge door on the side of the boat.
God promised Noah that Noah and his wife and his family would be saved. God was going to flood the earth and everyone and everything would be destroyed. They would be safe on the ark.
Noah and his family would not be alone on the ark. Who know what else would be on the ark? Animals!
Lots and lots of animals. Noah needed to get two of every kind of animal. But that is not all! Noah needed to get two of every kind of bird and every creature that moves along the ground. What do you think it would be like on that the ark with all those animals?
When the ark was done and the animals were on the boat, it started to rain. Noah closed the big door.
It rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Water covered the earth. Every one that was not in the ark died.
After the flood was all dried up a dove came back with an olive leaf
. This meant that the earth was dry and it was safe to leave the ark.
Noah built an altar to thank God for keeping them safe. God told Noah that he would never flood the earth again. God gave them a sign of his promise. He gave us a rainbow to remind us of the promise he made to Noah.
Why did Noah put animals on the ark?
What animals are you thankful that Noah put on the ark?
How do you think Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to treat animals?
Have the children stand and do the actions with you as you recite the following verse:
Noah built an ark so big (hold arms outstretched);
He knew just what to do (place finger on side of forehead).
He hammered, sawed, and measured (make motions as indicated)
As he’d been commanded to (nod head).
And Noah called his family (beckon with arm)
To march onto the boat (march quietly in place)—
And, two by two, the animals (hold up two fingers)
Came aboard to float (make floating motion with hands).
The heavy dark clouds gathered (place hands above head),
The rain began to fall (wiggle fingers imitating rain)—
And all the earth was covered (make a sweeping motion with hand and arm);
There was no land at all (turn head from side to side).
The ark just floated safely (make a floating motion with hands)
Many a day and night (put hands together on one side of face),
Until the sun came out again (place arms in a circle above head)
And shone so warm and bright.
And all the water dried right up (cross arms across chest);
Dry land did appear (open arms and extend hands).
Noah’s family gave their thanks (bow head and fold arms)
That God was always near.
(Adapted from a verse by Beverly Spencer.)
Adam gave each of the animals a name
Heavenly Father planned and Jesus created all the animals, fish, birds, and insects on the earth. Show the Bible and explain that the scriptures tell us that Adam named all the animals. Display picture 2-73, Creation—Living Creatures (Let the children take turns pointing to an animal in the picture and telling its name.)
What animals do you see in this picture?
What do you like about these animals?
In your own words, tell the following story about President Spencer W. Kimball, the twelfth President of the Church:
When President Spencer W. Kimball was a boy
, his job was to walk the cows to a pasture about a mile from his home. One day he made himself a slingshot, a toy that he could use to shoot rocks at fence posts and tree trunks. He became very good and could hit a tree or a fence post that was far away.
Tall trees grew along the side of the road where he walked the cows. Spencer noticed that there were many little birds in those trees. When he saw the birds
, he was tempted to shoot them to show what a good shot he was. But then he remembered a song that he sang in Primary. It said, “Don’t kill the little birds. … The earth is God’s Estate, and he provideth food for small as well as great.” Spencer thought of those words that he sang. He decided that the birds were important to Heavenly Father, and it was not right to kill them. So he was always careful to shoot his slingshot where he would not hit any birds (see Conference Report, Apr. 1978, p. 71; or Ensign, May 1978, p. 47).
How did Spencer W. Kimball show kindness to the birds?
Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be kind to all animals.
Do you have any pets?
Invite the children to talk about their pets and how they take care of them.
Let the children choose between the dog or the cat. Read the following statements and have the children put the dog/cat stick up if a statement is a kind way to treat pets. Have them put in down if it is an unkind way to treat pets.
Feed them good food every day.
Forget to feed them.
Forget to give them water.
Have fresh water available for them to drink.
Provide a safe, comfortable place for them to sleep.
Keep them shut up in a hot place all day.
Give them love and attention.
Make a copy of the lamb for each child, and let the children color their lamb. Help the children glue cotton balls to the top of head to make it fluffy.
Remind the children that animals were created by Jesus and are a part of Heavenly Father’s plan. Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be kind to animals. Share your feelings about a pet or about animals.
Invite a child to say the closing prayer.
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