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.