Prophet Matching Game: Lesson 15

I have to admit, when I first read the Doctrine and Covenants chapters associated with this lesson, I could not figure out what the lesson was about! I didn’t look at the title of the lesson or anything, I just read the scripture passages; maybe I was tired, maybe I was uninspired. Anyways, after reading through the lesson, I came up with some games for our kids to play.

We had a substitute last week, but the week before last we had a good discussion with our class; we recently implemented a rule from last year’s class that if anyone in the class is disrespectful or irreverent, the class gets two strikes and then we sit in silence and read scriptures for the rest of class. We were trying to give our kids a little leeway, so if they spoke out of turn, we started just saying, “I can’t hear you! I don’t think you raised your hand!” Then they would shoot up their hand and we’d call on them. One of the students said, “That is so annoying that you keep saying that.” Ouch! So we had a discussion about why we implemented this seemingly over-the-top strict rule.

Jeremy and I stood at the front of the classroom, and asked, “Who teaches you about Jesus?” The class answered that us teachers do. Their mouth literally dropped open when we explained that as much as we talk and talk and try our best to teach them about Jesus, it’s not really us that teaches them – it’s the Holy Ghost. We explained how he talks to us – through thoughts and feelings – and how we can’t tell what he’s saying if it’s loud in class. We had a student come up to the front of class, and had the rest of the class sing a primary song while I whispered, “Love Jesus” in her ear. She only heard the word “Jesus.” and didn’t get the whole message; we discussed with the class that if we are loud and crazy during class, that we are preventing other people from getting answers to their prayers. We gave them some examples of prayers that someone could be waiting for answers to, and explained that by following the rule we have in class, they will be able to help other people get answers to their prayers.

Hopefully this week’s lesson will be interesting enough to capture their attention, and also invite the Spirit in a way to teach them about prophets and their teachings!

 

Goal: Help children gain a testimony of living prophets

Supplies you need ahead of time:

  1. Print off Prophet Quotes Matching Game and cut out the white circles.
  2. Print off relevant coloring pages about Joseph Smith or the 9th Article of Faith from lds.org.

How to:

  1. As outlined in the Primary Manual, play a game of Simon Says; explain to the class they will get lots of instructions from different people in their lives, but they shouldn’t listen to all of them. The Prophet, though, is someone we can always trust and we should always do as he says.
  2. Explain the historical account in the Primary Manual, which talks about how people were trying to receive revelation for the entire church. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that only the current prophet can do that.
  3. Post the images of the 5 prophets in the printout on the chalk board (the images that have the prophets’ names on them). Give each child a turn to hold up a picture of a prophet with the face cut out, and read the quote on the back from that prophet. Have the class guess which prophet the student is being, and post the quote next to the complete picture of the prophet on the chalk board.
  4. Watch President Thomas S. Monson’s recent talk about the Book of Mormon and discuss how we can follow his teachings.
  5. Hand out coloring pages if needed.
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Easter Egg Game

Well today is easter! Last year for Easter we did an Easter Egg Hunt with our primary class and they loved it. As to not reinvent the wheel, we are going with the same idea, and borrowing from some other blogs because they did this lesson so well!

Goal: Help children learn about and gain a testimony in the Savior

Supplies you need ahead of time:

  1. Visit this blog to print off her Easter Egg lesson. We printed off her cards and put them inside easter eggs.
  2. Print off an Easter coloring page from lds.org.
  3. Print off this Easter Word Find.

How to:

  1. Hide the eggs around the room or go on an Easter egg hunt outside. Return to the classroom and have everyone share what they found inside their easter egg. Discuss what Christ did as a sacrifice for us.
  2. Give them the coloring page and/or word find to do.

Missionary Fishing Game: Lesson 13

While we only had two kids in class for this lesson, I would have to say that it went pretty well. But that’s probably because I wasn’t there for the beginning class; after 1st hour, I ran into a friend in the hallway who needed to give me back a walking boot I loaned her. (From when I tore some ligaments, and was still hanging on to it. She had injured her leg and was trying to get it to heal by staying off of it.) She also passed along an entire garbage bag of toddler clothes! I’d like to say the little baby in my tummy jumped for joy, but he didn’t seem to care to be honest. Our YNAB definitely jumped for joy, that’s for sure! She also passed along a breast pump she had inherited. So I loaded up my car with these goodies – which could not have come at a better time. This weekend I went baby crazy and basically sanitized the entire house on my day off and felt totally happy about spending my whole Saturday that way.

When I came back to class, Jeremy informed me that one of the kids had a little yelling outburst. This had happened during sharing time (our ward is backwards, with Sacrament Meeting last) a few times today. Jeremy re-instituted an old rule from last year, where second strike of poor behavior means we sit and read scriptures silently for the rest of class. Apparently this child apologized multiple times, so Jeremy decided to continue class (pretty cool of the kid to do that). When I entered, they were brainstorming ideas of what to do when we get rowdy in class – the ideas ranged from running a lap around the church to taking a nap on the sidewalk outside. The rest of class went great, and I got to bask in the benefits of Jeremy’s work. I was impressed with his kindness and patience, and the kids seemed to follow suit because they were very calm as well. Once we got going with the lesson, they loved getting a chance to physically fish! It was a fun day!

Pimary 5 Lesson 13 Missionary Fishing Game

Primary 5 Lesson 13 “The First Missionaries to Preach the Gospel”

Goal: Encourage each child to share the gospel by seeing examples of other missionaries.

Supplies you need ahead of time:

  1. Missionary fishing printable, printed double sided
  2. Paper clips
  3. Magnet
  4. Stick
  5. String
  6. Blanket
  7. QR reader app on your phone

Do before class:

  1. Print out the fishes printable and cut out each fish.
  2. Place a paper clip on each of the fish.
  3. Attach your magnet to one end of the string, and your stick to the other end of the string.

How to:

  1. Lay the fish out on the ground, with the blanket next to them. Explain to the children that we are going to go fishing, and we need everyone to get in the boat (the blanket). Have all the kids sit on the blanket.
  2. Ask the children if they can think of any stories about Jesus regarding fishing, trying to prompt them to tell the story in Matthew 4:18-22. If they don’t know the story, explain it to them. Explain that we will be talking about missionary work today.
  3. Give each child a chance to “go fishing.” They will each take the stick and pick up a fish with the magnet on the end of the string. Either read the story, watch the video, or do the activity on the back of the fish.
  4. You can end this lesson with this lds.org  coloring page if they need something else to do.

Gospel of Jesus Christ Necklace: Lesson 12

Primary 5 Lesson 12: Important Ordinances are Restored

Last year when we taught about the Doctrine of Christ, we did a worksheet and the kids really enjoyed getting to work on their own and look up scriptures. However, our kids this year are not as interested in academic-type things, nor do they care about getting to work on their own. We are trying to figure out what sorts of things will interest this year’s class, so we are going to try and combine a few ideas this week in order to hopefully hold their attention.

Lesson 12

We wanted this lesson to be fun, but also help the kids grasp the importance of the Doctrine of Christ. This is so important! The Doctrine of Christ is what helps us get back home, and is the map to a peaceful life during our life on earth. We want them to have that! So there is some level of just understanding the principles that we wanted to get across to the kids. Our class, though, gets bored. Last week one of the kids was so frustrated that she had to come to church every week instead of reading her scriptures and praying at home – hopefully this lesson will both answer that question as well as hold her interest long enough to realize she got the answer to the question.

We’re still using habit cards, and have moved on to scripture study. We even gave all of our kids mini Book of Mormons to try and make it more novel for them. They loved getting a present last week, so hopefully that will spark their interest in participating if the treats don’t!

Goal: help the children understand how to implement the Doctrine of Christ and gain a testimony of it.

Supplies you need ahead of time:

  1. String
  2. Images for Necklace printed double sided
  3. Crayons and pencils
  4. Hole puncher

How to:

  1. Give each child a sheet of the “Images for Necklace” document. Either cut out each image before hand or have them do it.
  2. As a class, answer the questions on the back of each image and have each child write down the answer. Let them color each image in with crayons or colored pencils. Hole punch the tops of each image and string them on to a necklace for the child to take home.
    1. The steps of repentance (or the ABC’s of repentance) are
      1. A – Acknowledge that I did something wrong
      2. B – Be sorry
      3. C – Confess my sin or mistake
      4. D – Don’t do it again
      5. E – Eternally rely on Jesus Christ
  3. You may want to tell stories to illustrate the answers to each of the questions, or ask the children for examples.

 

Church Organization Game: Lesson 11

Primary 5 Lesson 11: The Restored Church of Jesus Christ is Organized

Well, the last few weeks with our class have been a little rough. I think it’s that time of year where the kids start testing their boundaries and seeing how far we’ll go. It’s been pretty frustrating and exhausting – so time to reboot the primary lessons that are disguised as games. I haven’t been updating the blog this year because I had hopes that maybe I wouldn’t have to create a game every single week. But alas, the kids need it because my husband and I are apparently boring teachers

Also, we have started something called “Habit Cards.” On one of our first weeks, we realized how our kids were not exactly being kind to one another. After reading more about charity, we realized that if we want our primary kids to be loving, we first have to help them increase their faith and hope. Building faith, though, is not just a Sunday activity. As a result, we are rewarding our kids for praying and reading outside of class. Not only are these great habits for them to have, but they also will build their faith in Christ and help them become more like him. You can download this week’s habit card here.

Goal: Help kids gain a testimony that through revelation the true church was restored to the earth.

Supplies needed:

  1. 7 Envelopes
  2. Envelope Stuffers for Lesson 11
  3. QR reading app on your phone
  4. Chalk
  5. A magnet
  6. Dice

Do ahead of time:

  1. Number seven envelopes and put the envelope stuffers in the corresponding envelope.
  2. The page after #3 has a list of colored names. Cut that page into puzzle piece shapes for the kids to assemble, and put in envelope #3.
  3. The answer for page #4 is that the early saints had a Sacrament meeting. Use this opportunity to talk about the Sacrament.
  4. The page after #5 is a list of the steps of repentance. They go in alphabetical order. Explain to the kids that these are the “ABC’s” or repentance, which will help them remember the steps. Add these strips to envelope #5.
  5. This is a reboot of a previous primary game. Draw bubbles on the chalk board similar to that lesson, so the children can move their character through the path. See the picture above. Write numbers 1-7 spread out throughout the bubbles.
  6. When you arrive to the class before your kids, place the envelopes around the room.

How to:

  1.  Each kid gets a turn rolling dice and moving the class’s magnet along the path. If they get to a number they have to stop, and that kid gets to find the envelope in the room with the corresponding number, and the class answers the question or does the activity inside the envelope.

 

The Book of Mormon & Joseph Smith: Lesson 39, 40

Okay, so after two weeks of going over two of the missionary lessons, we decided to talk about the Restoration to make sure the kids could see the big picture. They had been asking questions like “How do we know this?” which is important! So we wanted to make sure they understood Joseph Smith’s role and how the Restoration worked. Although the Restoration didn’t exactly go with the lessons for these two weeks, we took the liberty of doing what we need to do to make sure our kids understand the Restoration.

It took us two weeks, and we watched the Church’s latest Restoration movie. The kids loved it! We would pause it when the kids had questions, and answer them as a class. We also provided popcorn, which was really fun!

You can watch the movie on lds.org here.

Doctrine of Christ Worksheet and Game: Lesson 38

Primary 4 Lesson 38: Peace Among the Nephites

3 Nephi 28:1-16, 23-40; 4 Nephi

Although worksheets can be boring, it’s a great way for our kids to get to work on their own (which they seem to thrive at) at keeps them focused. One option for this lesson is to have them work on the worksheet on their own, but in order for our kids to ask questions, I think we are going to turn this worksheet into a game.

With our lesson last week about the Plan of Salvation, I am really looking forward to this lesson about the Doctrine of Christ – this is what our responsibility is and God’s method for us to return to him safely, through Jesus Christ. Although it’s easy to summarize the doctrine of Christ, it’s hard to live. Might as well start now, while you’re in 3rd grade!

Goal: Help children understand the Doctrine of Christ so they can experience peace and happiness.

Supplies you need ahead of time:

  1. Tennis ball
  2. Toilet paper rolls, at least 6
  3. Doctrine of Christ Worksheet

How to play the game:

  1. Set up 6 toilet paper rolls in a pyramid, like this website. 
  2. Hand out the worksheets.
  3. Give each chid a turn to knock down the paper rolls with the tennis ball. Don’t reset the pyramid unless the entire pyramid was knocked down. Each time a person knocks down the whole pyramid, let them choose which question on the worksheet we will answer as a class.

Prayer Craft & Impromptu Plan of Salvation Lesson: Lesson 37

Primary 4 Lesson 37: Jesus Christ Teaches the Nephites to Pray

3 Nephi 18:15-25; 19; 20:1

With just a few weeks left with out primary class, we wanted to tie this lesson into the Plan of Salvation because our kids still don’t seem to understand it. To start out this lesson, we had the kids take turns drawing different parts of the Plan of Salvation on the chalk board. They LOVED getting chances to draw on the chalk board, so this kept them really engaged. When we asked the students where we were before we were born, all the kids called out “heaven!”

When we asked them to draw how we come to earth, they decided to draw a zipline instead of someone being born, which was hilarious! We got a kick out of that one. After drawing Earth, we asked the kids where we go after we die. All they could answer was “heaven.” We tried to get them to think a little harder about what happens before we go to heaven, but they honestly didn’t know.

We explained the spirit world and had them read Alma 40:11-13. This week while I was reading this chapter, I realized something – that a lot of times when we draw pictures of the Plan of Salvation with lots of circles and lines and drawings of stars and suns and stars. However, we seem to never draw in the fact that right after we die, every single person goes to meet God. I know I didn’t teach this on my mission – maybe because it’s not a bold section in Preach My Gospel, maybe because I didn’t realize it. Anyways, as I was reading these verses I realized that the state of “peace” verses the state of “weeping” and “wailing” in the spirit world are probably result of seeing God again; the difference between a wicked person like Cain meeting God, and a righteous person like Enoch meeting God would seem to result in emotional states like those described in the spirit world in Alma 40. Someone without the Holy Spirit would not have a pleasant experience when being in God’s presence, yet a righteous person who had the Holy Spirit with them would have a glorious, happy, peaceful reunion with the God they know so well.

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The kids believed us, but one girl looked at me quizzically and said, “How do we know this??” It was pretty funny, but a very good question. We looked closer at Alma 40:11, and learned that an angel taught the prophet these important things.

We explained to them that the spirit world was a result of our meeting with God, and that made a lot of sense to the kids. We explained how people can repent while in the Spirit World, and that there are “missionaries” in a state of peace that will teach them. We went through the rest of the Plan of Salvation, and got to final judgement. When we went over the three kingdoms, they asked if God would come visit you if you didn’t live in the Celestial Kingdom. We said no, and they were really surprised. One student asked if it was mean to keep people away from God. We read with them Mormon 9:3-4 and discussed what happened the first time each person met God – what would happen the second time if they had not repented of their sins? Answer: the exact same thing. As a result, being in God’s presence would be worse than hell.

One of the amazing things about this lesson was that the children were engaged the entire time – they were calling out questions, and were totally interested. One girl was so concerned about her personal salvation that she wrote everything down and took her notes home. She pleaded with us to know what the commandments were so she would be able to follow them and as a result live with God some day. We told her to talk to her parents about that this week, and next week we would explain that. She accepted that, but obviously was concerned about knowing what she needed to do.

This was probably my favorite lesson to date in our class! It reminded me of being a missionary again – is this what being a parent is like?? It also reminded me of how Christ told us to be child-like – these kids were so engaged, and believed everything we said! I never had a lesson where the investigator was so engaged on my entire mission, probably. If all of us learned the gospel with such hunger, I think that wouldn’t be such a bad idea.

Obviously this discussion lasted the entire class, so we didn’t do our planned lesson about prayer. If you want a lesson about prayer, though, feel free to use the craft below:

Goal: Help kids understand the importance of prayer, and help them remember to pray daily.

Supplies needed:

  1. Cardboard
  2. Yarn
  3. Rubber Cement or glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Prayer Cut Out

How to:

  1. Print off the prayer cut out, and have kids trace it onto the cardboard. Cut out the cardboard.
  2. See this awesome website for instructions on how to make the craft.

 

 

Sacrament Scripture Find: Lesson 36

Primary 4 Book of Mormon Lesson #36: Jesus Christ Gives the Sacrament to the Nephites

3 Nephi 18:1-14

I remember when I was in Primary, and the teacher would ask us to look up a scripture. There was lots of looking at the table of contents and sharing page numbers once someone had found the scripture. Sometimes it was stressful; I remember feeling embarrassed if I was the one taking a long time to locate said scripture. (Such anxiety is no surprise if you intimately know me – I’m a bit of a comical mess sometimes.)

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With these funny memories of primary scripture chases, and considering this year’s primary theme being centered on scriptures, my husband and I started the year with a big goal: that all of our kids could easily find scriptures in the Book of Mormon. We drilled the Books of the Book Of Mormon song in our primary class for months, and know they all know it by heart. We also went over at least twice a month what a reference like “Alma 1:2” means, and how to figure out what chapter and verse is listed. Now our kids sing the Book of Mormon song to themselves when they are trying to find a scripture.

I’m proud to say that our kids are successful in finding scriptures on their own! But because it’s only October, we decided to introduce more ways to use the scriptures to our kids; this week, we are going to use the Index. I served my mission two years ago, and I’m sure that most missionaries use their iPads now instead of paper scriptures, but the topical guide was a life saver on my mission! While sitting in lessons with investigators and trying to find that one specific scripture that answers their questions, the index was extremely valuable.  Not only that, but it’s helpful for personal scripture study.

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Goal: To help children gain a testimony of the Savior, and always remember Him. Also, learn how to use the Index.

Supplies you need ahead of time:

  1. Download this work sheet: Book of Mormon Sacrament and Index Work Sheet
  2. Get construction paper. Review these instructions to make a cup.

How to:

  1. Review the Books of the Book of Mormon song in the Primary Songbook.
  2. As a class, review the top of the worksheet to understand how to find scriptures in the Index.
  3. Hand out the work sheets to the children. Either have them complete the entire worksheet on their own, or have them do one or two per person and come back together as a group and share answers.
  4. If there is extra time or the kids get bored, let them make a “sacrament cup” out of origami.
  5. You may also want to watch the video for this lesson here.

 

Christ Blessing the Children Terrarium: Lesson 35

Primary 4 Book of Mormon Lesson 34

3 Nephi 17

img_0127Okay so I have a confession. Sometimes our kids are still crazy energetic, regardless of the fun games we bring. As a result, we had to implement a rule in our classroom that if our students were disrespectful, we we would stop playing the fun game and everyone would have to read their scriptures silently for the rest of class. And you know what – they LOVED it! They were all asking us where to find their favorite scripture stories, and were super excited about reading about stories they’ve always heard of.

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Christ Blesses the Children Terrarium

Since they loved getting to read silently on their own, we decided to do “personal study” the next week; I brought my Preach My Gospel from my mission, and had them find the missionary schedule in it. We had them spend some time at the beginning of the class doing “personal study” in the current chapter of the lesson, and then we did “companionship study” where everyone shared what they learned. The kids liked it, partially because it mixed class up a little bit and was something new, and partially because they got to do something on their own.

Christ Blesses the Children Terrarium

In this lesson we will do something similar. We are going to give the kids some time to read the story themselves, and then give them a chance to depict the story in an artistic way.

Goal: Give the children a chance to read about Jesus Christ, which will help them gain a testimony that Jesus Christ loves them.

Supplies you need ahead of time:

  1. Canning jars. I used wide mouth “Pint and a Half” jars, that I bought here.
  2. I went to the beach and collected sand, and large and small rocks that my kids can put in their terrarium. I also used some dirt from my garden. You may want to put the dirt, sand, and gravel in the jars ahead of time to avoid messes in the classroom like I did. But it can be done during class as well.
  3. I purchased a succulent that can be separated and put into each child’s terrarium Paints and paint brushes for the children to decorate their rocks with. I have a set of acrylic paints and paint brushes for the kids to use, as well as markers.

How to do this lesson:

  1. Give the children 15 minutes of personal study where they read through 3 Nephi 17 on their own.
  2. Have companionship study, where everyone shares something they learned or liked from what they read on their own.
  3. If the children didn’t get a chance to read all or most of the chapter, summarize it yourself or show them this video on the Mormon Channel.
  4. Explain to the children that we are going to make a terrarium