Daniel 1:17 and Moses 6:5-6
Taught by Barbara Pratt on April 18, 2002
I feel teaching your children is one of the MOST important things you can do as a parent. In Moses 6:6 it states, "And by them their children were taught to read and write, having a language which was pure and undefiled."
I am home schooling my children. I have gathered and have came up with LOTS of resources which is located at: Pratt's Resources for Parenting and Beyond (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/bindex.html) These include FHE, education, and recipes that you can use with your children as you teach them throughout their lives as you teach them as parents. Since last September, I have added pages for the alphabet (including animals). I have LOTS of ideas, that includes: crafts, books, coloring pages, cooking, online games, and links for the alphabet and other themes.
I feel cooking is a big part of children’s learning. You can take a book and you can usually make something that goes along with that book. Cooking allows children of all ages to use their imagination, learn to cook, learn science and math by measuring ingredients, and OF COURSE everyone has fun doing it and eating it.
I have been thinking about integrating educational themes with family home evening for awhile but never got around to do it. Preparing for this class has made me think of which educational topics I can put together with FHE. (I didn’t realize how many topics can go together.) My daughter, Elizabeth (4 1/2 years old) wanted me to read her the book Leo Lion Paints it Red to her last night. I told her I was TOO busy getting everything ready for the class. I finally gave in and read it to her. I then remembered I had forgotten to write that idea down (or I lost the paper). I guess Heavenly Father told her that she wanted that book read to her. I guess Heavenly Father was telling me to listen to my daughter and do what she wanted. The family home evening topic that that book goes with The Ten Commandments. After I finished reading the book (and another) I then came up with even more ideas to go with that book. That is how my life is (and that probably happens to you too), some great idea will come out of the blue (even late at night before you go to bed) and you have to write it down.
I will be reading the books in this packet and many more that can be found in the library to my children. I also have a LONG list of books located here: (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/education/books/bookindex.html). I will do activities with these books the WEEK BEFORE and the following Monday, I will do a family home evening that focuses around that topic. I will even use the resources I have found at FHE & Primary Idea Box (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/lds/resources/index.html) to go with other books that I find.
You can always come up with (or find it on the web) activities to go with books (cooking, reading, math, arts & crafts, science, social studies, music, and more). Some of these activities, games, and images can be used for both educational and for family home evening. Kids love repetition. Play games, read books, do activities, sing songs, and cook over and over again. Your kids won’t get bored (if they do, they will tell you). I will be placing all these resources that are in this packet on my web site and others I think of in the future.
OTHER FHE RESOURCES
Any of the Children Scriptures Stories are found
online at: Gospel Library Archive
"Curriculum" and then "Home and Family" or it is in hard bound in
You can also go to the link I just mentioned and find tons of things
family home evening and educational purposes. You can use pictures from
the library to supplement your lessons. All of the songs in this packet
found in the "Children's Songbook" published by the church or it is
otherwise. For younger children, you can draw pictures or use pictures
supplement any of the songs. For young children, you can have them
the printed resources I have in this packet. I have other resources on
web site if you want other activities to do with your children for
The Creation and the Moon
Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Berenstain Bears On The Moon by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Songs: The World Is So Lovely, 233; Because God Loves Me, 234; and many others
Lesson & Activity: Use the flannel-board story
The Creation- Each Day A Gift, as you talk about each day of the
they make their creation book.
Note: Cut different pictures out from junk mail, magazines, or newspapers or even use stickers to complete some of these days. You can use a half or full sized piece of paper.
First Day: Color half of a white piece of
paper black. (Jesus made day and night.) Genesis 1:1-5.
Second Day: Color a piece of white paper blue or use blue paper. Draw some clouds out of paper, or color white clouds on the blue paper or cotton balls. Glue them on the paper. (Jesus made the heaven and earth. Jesus put clouds in the sky.) Genesis 1:6-8.
Third Day: Glue, tape, or draw plants (trees and flowers), and the leaves and grass onto a piece of white paper. (Jesus created grass, flowers, trees, fruits, and herbs) Genesis 1:9-13.
Fourth Day: Draw a sun, moon, and stars on a piece of paper. Cut them out. Glue the sun, moon, and stars onto a piece of black paper. (Jesus created the sun, moon, and stars.) Genesis 1:14-19.
Fifth Day: On a piece of paper, draw your own fish on the bottom and on the top draw birds. Color the top half light blue and the bottom half dark blue. (Jesus created fowl (birds) and fish.) Genesis 1:20-23.
Sixth Day: Color some green grass on the bottom of a piece of white paper. Draw animals and man and woman (Mommy and Daddy) on the paper. (Jesus created animals. He also created male and female in the image (like) of Our Heavenly Father.) Genesis 1:24-31.
Seventh Day: What do we do on Sunday? Draw what you would do on Sunday on a piece of white paper. (On the last day, Jesus did not make anything, he rested because it was Sunday (the Sabbath). Genesis 2:1-3
Other Optional Activities:
The Creation- Each Day A Gift, Friend, November 1998.
For Little Friend: When I Lived with My Heavenly Father, Friend, February 1989. (Finish drawing the pictures to retell the story.)
Funstuf: In the Beginning, Friend, January 1984. (A crossword with a creation wheel.)
Treat: Make sun, moon, or star sugar cookies (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/recipes/desserts/desserts.html) and frost them.
Daniel in the Lions' Den (Prayer) and Lions
Lazy Lion by Mwenye Hadithi
Leo Lion Paints it Red by Tom Eaton Beginner Reader
Song: Follow the Prophet, 110, verse 8
Lesson: Read (Daniel 6). Dramatize the story.
Daniel: Use the figure of Daniel in Daniel Obeys the
Lord, Friend, June 1998.
Lion's Mask: Use a paper plate that is about 9". Cut a circle out to fit the child's face. Color yellow or brown. On the side (in the middle), place masking tape on the back side of the lion's mask and hole punch on each side. On the outside, cut the paper to make a fringe for the lions mane. Cut 2 pieces of yarn to be about 15 inches long. Tie the yarn on the mask.
(Have some or everyone pretend to growl like lions and have them close their mouths as if the angel shut them.)
King Darius: Make a king's crown out of construction paper and have one child wear it.
Make name tags of the following people: Daniel, Men, and King Darius
Track Down the Lion (Maze)
Lion Snacks: "Lion Pudding Cups" or "Lion Sugar
See pudding (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/recipes/desserts/desserts.html)
and use the following:
Lion Pudding Cups
Add 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin or 1-3 ounce package of orange, peach, or lemon flavored gelatin to the dry ingredients of the “Vanilla Pudding” recipe. For the mane, put toasted oat’s cereal or coconut around the edge of the lion, For the eyes, use 2 raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes, and 1 for the nose. Cut a colored sweetened cereal in half for the mouth.
Use sugar cookies
Lion Sugar Cookies
Use a sugar cookie recipe using a round cookie cutter. Have the children frost the cookie with yellow or brown frosting. For the mane, put toasted oat’s cereal or coconut around the edge of the lion, For the eyes, use 2 raisins or chocolate chips for the eyes, and 1 for the nose. Cut a colored sweetened cereal in half for the mouth.
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
Song: Birds in the Tree, 241
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Hop On Pop by Dr. Seuss
The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman
Songs: Families Can Be Together Forever, 188; Because God Loves Me, 234 (2nd verse)
Scripture: 2 Nephi. 2:20
Lesson: Talk about the importance of families. What can we do to help each other?
Treat (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/recipes/recipemain.html) Make it together as a family.
For children a little bit older, look at each page and ask them how many children are there? So there are __ children + __ children = __ children,...
For older children, look at each page and ask them how many children are there? How many cookies are on the plate? So there are 12 cookies and how many children are there? Keep on doing this until all the children have come into the house. So (1.) 12÷2=__ (2.) 12÷4=__ (3.) 12÷ 6=__ (4.) 12÷12=__
Word Problems told to the child or on a handout:
1.) If there were 2 kids and 12 cookies, how many cookies would each child get to eat?
2.) If there were 4 kids and 12 cookies, how many cookies would each child get to eat?
3.) If there were 6 kids and 12 cookies, how many cookies would each child get to eat?
4.) If there were 12 kids and 12 cookies, how many cookies would each child get to eat?
5.) Grandma brought 66 more cookies to your house, with all the kids at your house (12 total) how many cookies would each person get?
Answer: (12x5=60 and 6 left over so 5 1/2 cookies.)
For younger children: Count the number of children on each page. Have the child gather dolls or stuffed animals (family members or friends) to be the visitors. Make chocolate chip cookies or pretend cookies using brown construction paper and have the child color black chocolate chips on each cookie (see below note). Have the child make a doorbell sound as the doorbell rings. Have the child divide the cookies (real or pretend) between the visitors. If you don't have real visitors, have the child decide who to give the cookies to and divide the cookies into containers to give to them later.
Songs: Friends Are Fun, 262; I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus, 78; Love One Another, 136 or Hymn, 308
Sing Me a Song Sheet Music, Friend, Aug.-Sept. 1981
Lesson: Ask your children about their friends. What are friends? Why do you like your friends? Read parts of John 15. Talk about it. Sing, "Love One Another".
Garden & Food Storage
Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey
Cooking: Make blueberry muffins.
A Seed that Grows by Pamela Hickman
Grandma's Garden by Elaine Moore
Rosa's Special Garden
Jack and the Beanstalk
Plant a bean in soil. Don't forget to water it. Watch it grow. Another option: Soak bean for an hour or so. Place a damp paper towel in a bottle. Place the softened seed in the bottle. Watch it grow. Don't forget to water it.
Stone Soup: An Old Tale (Spanish: Sopa de Piedras) by Marcia Brown or Stone Soup by Ann McGovern
Make stone soup. Place a clean stone (rock) in a pot of water. Have your children put their favorite vegetable in the soup. Add some salt or seasoning salt to the soup. Place some cut up meat in the soup and let cook.
The Carrot Seed or (Spanish: La Semilla de Zanahoria) by Ruth Krauss
-Have the children count carrot seeds (counting, addition, and/or subtraction).
-Glue some carrots seeds on some index cards. Laminate it. Use these so children can match and count how many are on the card. They can even right how many are on the card with a crayon or pen that wipes clean.
-Plant carrot seeds in your garden or in soil in a pot.
-Cooking and Snacks: Make carrot bread or cake. Eat carrots.
The Prophet Said to Plant a Garden, 237; Little Seeds Lie Fast Asleep, 243
Lesson: "I am food, clothing, and other important things that the prophet has counseled us to gather and store. What am I?" Answer: A year's supply (Source: "Funstuf: Church Words and Phrases Game", July 1991 Friend, question #23) The people in the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon planted gardens: Jeremiah 29:5; 1 Nephi 18:24
In the May 1981 General Conference, Spencer W. Kimball said, “Again we urge the planting of home gardens and the maintenance of a year’s supply of food and clothing against a time of need.” (Source: "Latter-day Prophets: Spencer W. Kimball", Friend August 2001) We can give others food if we have lots of food from our garden. (If you do have a garden, you can take some food from your garden or fruit trees to neighbors, family, or friends.)
Garden Roundup, Friend, April 1999.
Hide-and-Seek Maze Friend, May 1993.
Note: For younger children, you can help them through the maze and let them color it. For the “Hide-and-Seek”, you will need to help them find the animals (an excellent way to help them learn to read).
The Empty Pot by Demi and there are many other books that talks about honesty.
Songs: Jesus Loved the Little Children, 59; I Believe in Being Honest,149
Lesson: Use the figures from the below flannel-board story. Talk about the "Army of Helaman" found in Alma 53:10-22.
The Army of Helaman: How Can "My Gospel Standards"
Help Me Keep My Baptismal Covenant? Friend, August 2000
Read (Alma 53:20-21.)
It includes a story about a seven-year old returning some money to its owner after it was dropped.
Caylen's mother wrote, "We were thankful that his first reaction was to do the right and honest thing, that he didn’t even think about keeping the dollar."
Button Button, Who Has The Button?
This is played with more than three people. Sit in a circle on the floor. Pass the button (make sure you don’t let anyone see you have it) to another person’s cup shaped hands. The person drops it in someone's hands. At the end say, "Button button, who has the button?" Tell them they need to be honest (tell the truth) when you ask them. (...) do you have the button?
I Am A Child of God and The Gingerbread Boy
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
The Gingerbread Boy by Richared Egielski, Paul Galdone, Harriet Ziefert
The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth, John A. Rowe (Under the author "Gingerbread boy" at our local library.)
Treat: Gingerbread Cookies
Craft: Blank gingerbread boy @ Kids Zone (http://www.kidzone.ws/thematic/gingerbread/blank.gif)
Song: I Am a Child of God, 2; Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, 275
By Donna Lugg Pape; Friend, March 2001
Treat: Frost gingerbread man shaped sugar cookies. Frost and decorate it to look like yourself.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Koala Lou by Mem Fox (Read online: Koala Lou http://www.memfox.net/audio/mem_reads_mem.html)
Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
Have to love someone so you can be their friend and help them.
Jesus Said Love Everyone, 61; Love One Another, 136 or Hymn, 308
Scripture: A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love
as I have loved you (John
The answer to the riddle is love. Love is a powerful feeling of affection, concern, and tenderness for another.
Your home in heaven was filled with love. Your Heavenly Father prepared a plan of happiness for you because He loves you. That plan makes it possible for you to become like Him and return to live with Him forever. Your Savior and Elder Brother, Jesus Christ, suffered and gave His life to free you from sin and death. Heavenly Father and Jesus love you. Jesus gave us a commandment to love one another as He loves us. When you love others and show that love by your actions, you are following Him. When you love others, you show that you are a child of Heavenly Father and a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ (see John 13:34-35). You become more like Them.
Your home here on earth is the first and most important place to show love. You can do it in very simple but powerful ways—a smile, a thank you, a hug, a kind word or deed. You can say, “I love you.” Everyone enjoys hearing those words again and again. As you show love for your family, that love will grow, and you will help to make your home a heavenly place.
A home filled with love is a heavenly place.
A person filled with love is following Jesus.
Write what your like (certain qualities) about a certain family member on paper hearts. Help the younger children draw or help them write something.
Folding Hearts in the Friend, "Sharing Time: Love at
Grab the Heart Game
Have a question that has clues about a song or the title of the song written on different hearts. Place them in a bag, basket, box, or a poster board (the words taped on backwards). Have a child choose a heart. Once the child answers the question or the song is read off, have the child toss a small heart bean bag or pillow into a box with a picture of a house on it.
Heart Hunt Game
Have one child leave the room. Hide a small heart bean bag or pillow. Have the child enter again have the children clap, snap, or sing "La", any other word or sound, or a song. Have the children that did not leave the room sing louder or softer (depending how close the child that left the room is to the heart). Continue to hide each heart.
Treat: Heart sugar cookies.
Missionary Work and Sheep
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw She has other books that the titles begin with “Sheep”.
Sheep Rhyme Manipulative Pattern(http://atozteacherstuff.com/lessons/reproducibles/SheepRhyme.html)
The Sheep Follow by Monica Wellington
Lamb Craft (Can be done for FHE): Trace hand onto black paper using a white crayon. Cut it out. Make a face on the thumb with a white crayon or paint. Make white finger prints on the lamb or glue cotton balls onto the rest of the hand but leave part of the black so it has legs.
Songs: I Hope They Call Me on a Mission, 169; I Want to Be a Missionary Now, 168; We’ll Bring the World His Truth, 172
Lesson & Game: Read parts of John 10 and discuss it.
For Little Friends: Good Shepherd Game Friend, March 2001. (Includes 9 lambs.)
Talk about how we can help find others to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with (have your children help you out). We can bring Heavenly Father's children back to Jesus' fold (his gospel).
Activity: Funstuf: Sharing the Gospel, Friend,
January 1984, 26.
by Janet Peterson
Missionaries have always been important to the growth of the Church. Match each description on the right with the appropriate name/s of the valiant men on the left.
1. Samuel Smith
a. Converted thousands of people in England
b. Special missionary and friend to the Indians and twelfth President of the Church
3. Wilford Woodruff
c. Apostle who taught gospel to many soon after Christ’s death
4. Alma and Alma the Younger
d. Early missionary of the restored Church
5. LeGrand Richards
e. Great missionaries to the Lamanites
6. Joseph F. Smith
f. Well-known missionary and apostle who wrote A Marvelous Work and a Wonder
7. Spencer W. Kimball
g. Father and son who taught the Nephites
8. Sons of Mosiah
h. Served as missionary in Hawaii at age fifteen and later became President of the Church
Answers: (1) d, (2) c, (3) a, (4) g, (5) f, (6) h, (7) b, (8) e.
Noah's Ark and Animals
Busy Penguins by John Schindel (babies-preschool)
Do Monkeys Tweet? by Melanie Walsh
The Story Of Noah by Alice Joyce Davidson (This book came in the mail for free.)
Leo Lion Paints it Red by Tom Eaton Beginner Reader at Tempe Public Library
Any animal book.
Song: Follow the Prophet, 110, verse 3
Lesson: Read part of Genesis 6:14-22; and part of chapter 7 and 8
Genesis 9:13 "I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth."
For Little Friends: Noah's Ark, Friend, May
by Leslie Hartsock
Place the game board onto a poster board. Glue the animal pictures onto index cards. Glue the animals together except don't glue the tab part. Use small pictures cut out of the newspaper, magazines, or use stickers. Fold the 3x5” index card in half and place them on the index cards. Cut off excess paper. Fold the unfolded part off the index card outward so you can have a stand. Glue the back of the index cards together (not the tab part).
Game boards: Animal Parade
Forms on the Web: Games: No Color Game Board (http://www.homeschoolforms.jesusanswers.com/page12.html)
or make your own.
Use animal markers or other game markers. Place on cards the following examples: "Move forward __ spaces". "Move back __ spaces." "The calf is sleeping so the mother cow has to stop to wait until her baby wakes up. Loss a turn." Make up as many as you want.
Cut out different pictures of animals. Glue them onto index cards. Turn them facing down. For younger children, have them name the animals and say what sound it makes. For older children, have them say what animal it is and spell its name. You can also have matching animals and play “Animal Concentration”.
Treat for FHE & EDUCATIONAL: Make animal pretzels, sugar cookies, or biscuits (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/recipes/recipemain.html).
Service (Helping) Others
The Little Red Hen Cooking: Make bread. (See recipes.)
The Lion and the Mouse : An Aesop Fable by Mary Wang (for beginner readers), Bernadette Watts, Doris Orgel, Ed Young, and others
Interactive Online Story: The Lion and the Mouse (http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/lionandmouse_s.html)
Songs: When We're Helping, 198; A Happy Helper, 198; I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus, 78
Lesson: Read: Luke 10:25-37 use the flannel-board story The Good Shepherd, Friend, May 1999.
Treat: Make any treat (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/recipes/recipemain.html) and make extras to take to someone.
Commandments and Obedience
Leo Lion Paints it Red by Tom Eaton Beginner Reader
Songs: The Commandments, 112; Keep the Commandments, 146
Lesson & Game:
Beforehand, on different pieces of paper, write the "Ten Commandments". Tape them together. Glue or tape craft sticks on the paper to divide each commandment. Roll it up like a scroll and tie with ribbon or yarn. Show this to your children.
Commandments Game: On different pieces of paper, write the “Ten Commandments”. Hide one commandment at a time. Sing the song, “Keep the Commandments” (getting louder as the child gets closer or softer as they get farther away). Talk about that commandment. Repeat this for all or most of the commandmetns (depending on the age of your children).
The Ten Commandments are in Exodus 20 in verses: 3, 4, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.
Name some of the commandments? For younger children, just review some of the basics (especially, honour thy father and thy mother). Talk to them about why we should keep the commandments. Let’s pretend we are driving down the road, hold onto the steering wheel. What sign do you see? (Stop sign, speed limit sign, ...) Are you going to follow that sign? Why? Remember we read a book called, Leo Lion Paints it Red. What did the lion do? (Made signs.) Did the children do what the signs said? (Yes.) This is what we should do when we see any sign. If we keep the commandments, we will live with our Heavenly Father someday.
Treat: Make biscuits, sopaipillas, or sugar cookies. (See recipes.) Don’t put enough of flour in it (add it later). They will soon discover some flour is missing in the recipe (add the missing flour). Tell them we have to follow the recipe so it will not stick to our hands. This is just like keeping the commandments that our Heavenly Father has given to us. We need to follow them so we can live with him someday.
MY FIVE SENSES
The Word of Wisdom and Eating Good Foods (Taste
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie or Spanish: Si Le Das Una Galletita a un Ratón by Laura Numeroff
Cooking: Make cookies.
Math: Count the chocolate chips (or raisins) by 1's, 2's, 3's, etc. as you put them into the cookies.
Other Mouse Activities (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/education/theme/mouse.html)
If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
Muffin Coin Toss Have the children toss coins, into a clean tin muffin pan. Have them count the coins (money). 1 cent..., 5 cents, 10 cents, etc.
Cooking: Make muffins and sing ‘The Muffin Man” while you make the muffins.
Other Moose Activities (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/education/theme/ruminantsungulates.html)
If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
Cooking: Make pancakes.
Other Pancake Activities
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Read this book. Ask which foods are good (healthy) and are not good for you (unhealthy) for you. Why?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Sequencing Cards(http://www.dltk-kids.com/books/hungrycaterpillar/sequencing.htm)
Other activities (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/education/theme/butterflycat.html)
See recipes or dairy-free bread and dessert recipes.
Song: The Lord Gave Me a Temple, 153; The Word of Wisdom, 154
Lesson: Adapt the below for younger children.
Sharing Time: Joseph Smith Receives a Revelation,
Friend, June 1992.
By Virginia Pearce
Activity: Use the hidden pictures of things to go with this lesson.
Daniel Choice and Eating Good Foods
Use books found in "The Word of Wisdom/Being Healthy/Eating Right (Taste & Smell)" section.
Use the flannel board story pictures found in: "Daniel Obeys the Lord", Friend, June 1998, 34 while talking about Daniel 1:1-20.
Healthy Body Game
You can have your children go through food or drug store ads and have them cut out things that are good and bad for them or you can do it ahead of time if you like or you can use the pictures from For Little Friends: Daniel's Choice, Liahona, Mar. 1999 You can use The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Sequencing Cards for more pictures. You can laminate (or put contact paper on them ) for your files. Use the boy pattern (http://www.teachervision.com/lesson-plans/lesson-8094.html) and cut out the mouth so you can put the "good foods" in it. I would make the slit big enough so it won't tear the paper (if you want your children to have there own copy) or when you laminate them or put clear contact paper on them, they will go through the slit. Use a small lunch bag and place the "bad products or foods" in it.
How to Play the Game:
Have your children place the pictures into a small paper bag or on pieces of paper on the floor or table with the words "Good For Me" (and with a smiley face on it for younger children) on one and the other with the words "Bad For Me" (and a sad face on it for younger children). For older children, ask them why it is good/bad for them.
Jonah and the People of Ninevah and
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale
Play "The Aquarium" from Carnival of the Animals by Saints-Saens while reading either "Rainbow Fish" book.
Rainbow Fish Craft: Fold a piece of paper in half lengthwise. Cut a tail to be about 3 inches. From there, make a fish body. Cut a piece off to make a mouth. Color it any color you want. Tape a long piece of yarn on the back of the fish by the tail. Play "The Aquarium" from Carnival of the Animals by Saints-Saens again while flying your fish.
Baby Beluga and sound recording by Raffi
Make a beluga whale puppet (http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/subjects/whales/whalefrontback/Belugafrontback.shtml) and tape a craft stick between the two patterns. Tape or glue the whale patterns together. Have the whale swim (you can walk around the room) as you play Baby Beluga sound recording while reading Baby Beluga by Raffi or use the music located in the back of the book.
The Whale's Song by Dyan Sheldon
NWF: Match the Whales (by their sound) Online Game
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
Make a shaker or rain stick using a paper towel roll, construction paper and rice. Decorate the construction paper. Tape one end using masking tape. Add some rice. Tape the other side. Tape the construction paper on. Shake with music.
The Story Of Jonah by Alice Joyce Davidson (This book came in the mail for free.)
Songs: Choose the Right Way, 160; I Have Two Ears, 269; Quickly I'll Obey, 197
The Lord commanded Jonah to tell the wicked people of Nineveh, a city north of Babylon, that if they didn’t repent, they would be destroyed. Jonah didn’t want to go to that wicked place. He didn’t think the people would listen to him or want to change, so he got on a boat that was sailingwest to Tarshish, Spain.
A terrifying storm arose and tossed the boat to and fro. The sailors cried out to the prophet, who was sleeping, to pray to his God to save them. Knowing that his disobedience was the cause of the storm, Jonah told them, “Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you” (Jonah 1:12).
Though they didn’t want to, the sailors finally did as Jonah asked and threw him into the sea. “Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.” (Jonah 1:17.)
While in the fish, Jonah cried unto the Lord. He knew that he had disobeyed, and he wanted the Lord to forgive him. The Lord did, then caused that the fish “vomited out Jonah upon the dry land” (Jonah 2:10). He again told the prophet to go to Nineveh.
Jonah obeyed. To his surprise, when he told the people of
Nineveh that the Lord was displeased with them and that they would soon
be destroyed, they believed him and turned from their evil ways. They
accepted the gift of repentance that would come through the Savior, and
they were not destroyed. Both the prophet and the people he preached to
had need of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ so that they could
return to Heavenly Father. Because this gift is given to everyone, we
too can repent when we make mistakes.
Use the above Friend for the flannel board figures.
Jonah and the Big Fish
For Little Friends: Jonah and the Big Fish, Friend, October 1990.
By Beverly Webecke Ahlstrom
1. The Lord told Jonah to go the city of Nineveh and
tell the people to repent. Jonah did not want to go, so he ran away. He
to Joppa and got on a ship to Tarshish. (See Jonah 1:1-3.)
2. The Lord caused a terrible storm. Thinking that the ship would sink, the sailors prayed and threw things overboard. Jonah was asleep. The shipmaster woke him and told him to pray. (See Jonah 1:4-6.)
3. Jonah said that the Lord was mad at him and so had caused the terrible storm. He told the sailors to throw him overboard; then the sea would be calm. (See Jonah 1:7-12.)
4. The sailors first tried to row ashore but couldn’t. So they prayed, then cast Jonah into the sea. The storm stopped, and a huge fish (whale) swallowed Jonah. (See Jonah 1:13-17; Matt. 12:40.)
5. For three days and three nights Jonah lived in the belly of the fish. He prayed and repented. Then, at the Lord’s direction, the fish “vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.” (See Jonah 1:17; Jonah 2.)
6. Again Jonah was told by the Lord to go to Nineveh and preach. This time he obeyed. After the people of Nineveh heard him preach, they repented of their sins and were not destroyed. (See Jonah 3.)
Just like Jonah listened to Heavenly Father, we should listen and obey (do) what our parents tell us to do. How can you help your parents? Expand on your children's needs. When we listen and do what our parents tell us to do this is called obedience. If we are obedient, we will live with our Heavenly Father someday. What are some ways you be obedient to your Heavenly Father?
Activity and Games:
Draw a picture how you will help your parents.
Simon Says; Red Light, Green Light
Whisper something into one persons ear. Have then they repeat what they heard into the next person ear. Repeat. When the message reaches the last person, that person repeats what they heard.
Sound Guessing Game
Have your children close their eyes. Have them guess what you were doing. Have them have a turn being the leader. Examples: Snap your fingers, clap your hands, whistle, stump your feet, hit a table or chair, turn a lamb on or off, type on the computer, play with blocks, turn the water on, crumble or rustle paper, open a door or cabinet, etc. You can also place something in a closed container and shake it. Have them guess what’s in the container. You could place rice or other things in it.
Chocolate Crispy Cookies (http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/recipes/desserts/dairyfree/nobakecookies.html)
Use sugar cookies or dairy-free sugar cookies, biscuits or dairy-free biscuits or pretzels for this treat.
Rainbow (Fish) Sugar Cookies, Biscuits, Pretzels,
For each color, take 1 tablespoon milk (rice/soy/cow's) and 1/2 teaspoon sugar and mix it. Place some of the milk mixture in small jars, glasses, small margarine containers, or other containers. Repeat for the amount of colors you want. It takes 1 drop to make each color. Take sugar cookie dough, biscuit, or a piece of white bread.
Paint with some of the milk using a pastry brush or small paint brush. Mix the colored milk to make different colors. Bake the sugar cookies, biscuits, or pretzels according to the directions in this recipe. For the bread, put the bread in the oven or a toaster oven and take it out when it is lightly brown.
NOTE: This can be for fish or other animals.
To make fish, use a circle cookie cutter and stretch it a little bit. cut a triangle for the tail. Put some water on the bottom of the tirangle so it will stay together after it is cooked.
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man and Pigs and
Big Pig and Little Pig by David McPhail (A Green Light Reader)
How a House Is Built by Gail Gibbons
In A People House by Dr. Seuss
The Three Little Pigs
Have the children act the story out. Have the child be the pig or the wolf or both. Have the child say, as the wolf “I’m going to huff and puff and blow your house in”. Have them pretend they are blowing the pigs house down as a pig, “Not by the hair of my chiny chin chin”. Repeat three times. At the last house, the wolf tried and tried (act out blowing the house down/in) and finally he gave in and the house stayed standing.
Activities: Play with legos, blocks, sticks, craft sticks, different sized boxes, or anything you can build a house.
Song: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man, 281
Lesson: Read Matthew 7:24-27 and use the flannel-board story figures, The Wise Man and the Foolish Man, Friend, July 1999.
Game: Take a lot of stick pretzels. Try to build a log cabin without letting any of the logs (pretzels) fall. (You can time it to see how long it takes to build a house.) Eat the pretzel when you are done (make sure to wash your hands before you build the log cabin).
Activity & Treat: Put some frosting on a graham cracker (or a small piece of cardboard). Place some frosting on each stick pretzel and build you log cabin. After you are done, you can eat it.
Treats: Use graham crackers and frosting to build a house. Use different things to decorate the house.
Do the "The Three Little Pigs" activity for young children. Tell them it is like the story Jesus told about the "Wise Man and the Foolish Man". What did wise man build his house open? (A rock) and his house did not fall down. What did the foolish man build his house on? (The sand.) and it came tumbling down. Sing the song again.
Joseph Smith's First Vision and Seeing
And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Streetby Dr. Seuss
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Spanish: Oso Pardo, Oso Pardo, ¿Qué Ves Ahí?) by Bill Martin Jr.
The Golden Plates, 86; Two Little Eyes, 268
Lesson: Show a picture of the “First Vision”. Have you children tell you what took place in the “First Vision”.
Scriptures and Reading
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! by Dr. Seuss
Read any book.
Songs: Scripture Power, Friend, October
1987; Search, Ponder, and Pray 109
Lesson: Talk about the scriptures. Ask them their favorite scripture heros/people in the scriptures.
Game and Treat: Scripture Scavenger Hunt while making cookies.
Exodus 23:10 (Fruit) Cookies
1/2 cup D&C 35:8 (shortening)
1/2 cup Psalms 55:21 (margarine)
1 cup Isaiah 43:24 (sugar)
1 tablespoon 2 Chronicles 34:7 (powder)
1/2 teaspoon 2 Kgs. 2:20 (salt)
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 Isaiah 10:14 (eggs)
3 1/2 cups I Kings 4:22 (flour)
1 cup crushed Isaiah 60:13 (pine) + Solomon 2:3 (apple), or diced Exodus 23:10 (fruit)
Cream the shortening and margarine for about 30 seconds. Add the sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and eggs. Mix. Add the flour (a cup at a time). Mix. Add fruit. Mix. Drop a leveled off tablespoon of cookie dough onto a ungreased baking pan about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees F. for about minutes 10 to 15 minutes or until the bottoms are slightly brown. Cool on wire racks. Makes about 60.
Soft D&C 89:17 (Oatmeal) Cookies
1/2 cup D&C 35: 8 (shortening)
1/4 cup Psalms 55:21 (margarine)
2 cups I Kings 4:22 (flour)
1/2 cup packed Jeremiah 6:20 (brown sugar)
1/2 cup Isaiah 43:24 (sugar)
2 Isaiah 10:14 (eggs)
1 teaspoon 2 Chronicles 34:7 (powder)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup Genesis 24:17 (water)
1/2 teaspoon Song of Solomon 4:14 (cinnamon)
1 3/4 cups D&C 89:17 (oats)
1/2 cup I Samuel 30:12 (raisins) or chocolate chips (optional)
Cream the shortening and margarine for about 30
Add the sugars, eggs, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, water, and
Mix. Add 1 cup of flour. Mix. Add the remaining
cup of flour. Add the oats and raisins (if desired).
Drop about a tablespoon of cookie dough onto a ungreased baking pan
2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees F. for about minutes 10 to 12
minutes or until the bottoms are slightly brown. Cool on wire
Makes about 48 or more.
The later issues of the Friend magazine can found in the in your ward library, on CD (LDS Church Magazines: 1971—1999), or Gospel Library Archive.
Remember the books are read the week before (not read on Family Home Evening night).
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