Invite the children to share things they are thankful for. What do they and their families do to show Heavenly Father they are thankful for His blessings?
Learning about the things God created can help the children feel His love for them.
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.
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.
Read Doctrine and Covenants 77:2 to the children, as you read the words “beasts,” “creeping things,” and “fowls of the air” from Doctrine and Covenants 77:2, invite the children to point to the related pictures. Testify that God created all of these things because He loves us and wants us to be happy (see also Doctrine and Covenants 59:16–20)..
Heavenly Father wants us to share our blessings freely with each other so that we can be “equal in earthly things” and in “heavenly things” (verse 6).
Joseph Smith received a revelation in which Jesus said the Saints were like His little children. They were still learning. Jesus said they should be happy and thankful. He would be their leader.
Jesus said He wanted the Saints to take care of those who were poor. He wanted them to share with each other and help each other.
Oranges and Bananas
This story can be told in two ways. The first way is with actual fruit with the faces taped on. When it is time to smash the banana it can be messy but the kids love it. The other way is to use the pictures. The download includes either way you want to tell the story.
Who likes bananas? Who likes Oranges?
Why do you like Oranges better? Why do you like bananas better?
Split the class into two groups, one side of the room is the kids that like bananas best and the other side the kids that like oranges best.
I am going to tell you about a place where oranges and bananas HATE each other. The bananas think that the oranges are well, to orange. And the oranges think the bananas are too skinny. They do not get along at all!
One dayBob the banana was returning home from a hard day of work. He was very tired and did not notice the mean looking fruit behind the rock. The mean apple jumped him, stole all his money and beat him up. They ripped one side of his peel off!
He was so badly hurt he could move. The evil fruit just left him to die on the side of the road.
Bob was in so much pain! You would be too if your peel had been ripped and your insides smashed. “Oh, thank goodness!” Bob saw Betty the banana coming, she would help him. She was a really nice lady and she was a banana just like him! He called out to Betty but she pretended not to hear Bob. She was much too busy and look at her brand new dress. If she got Bob’s banana guts all over her pretty dress it would be ruined, and it cost a fortune. She decided that she would pretend that she did not hear him calling to her. Someone else could help Bob, she was much too busy.
Bob was hurting so bad and his insides were starting to turn brown. But to his relief he saw Brad
. Brad went to the same ward as Bob and they would sit by each other in Elder’s Quorum. Brad was a good guy he would help Bob. “Oh, No” thought Brad, “My son’s baseball game is tonight and the coach promised to start him. I can’t miss the game!” Then Brad had a thought, “maybe if I cross to the other side of the street Bob wouldn’t see me and I won’t have to help him. Someone else will help Bob, I can’t miss my son’s baseball game.”
Bob was in so much pain, he thought he was hallucinating. He saw an orange coming towards him
. An orange! Oranges hate banana so there is no way that an orange will stop and help a banana. That would be bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s. But it was no hallucination, the orange stopped to help him!
The orange took care of Bob the banana. He bandaged the banana up and carried him to the hospital where he could recover. The orange paid for all the expenses until the banana was healthy again.
How do you feel when you are kind to others? How have Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ commanded us to treat others?
If we are willing to let the Lord “lead [us] along,” we can “be of good cheer,” even if there are things we “cannot bear … now” (verse 18).
- Music for the Fox Trot. I like Frank Sinatra’s “Fly me to the moon”
Ask the children to show you how to do the Foxtrot. You don’t know how?
I am going to put the steps on the floor so you can easily follow the steps and it will show you how to do the Foxtrot. Have some brave kids come and follow the steps to the dance. If you follow the footsteps you will be doing the “Fox Trot!” When you know the steps you are supposed to take it is easier than just telling you to “Do the Foxtrot.”
We leave footprints as we travel through life. Sometimes we follow in someone else’s footstep and try to do what they do. Others may be watching us and may be trying to follow in our footsteps. Everything we do, good or bad, leaves an impression on people, just as our steps leaves an impression on soft ground. When we do good, we set a good example. When we do bad things we set a bad example.
Consider contacting the parents of the children you teach and suggesting a question they could ask their children about something they learned in class.
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