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Lesson 1

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ACTIVITIES:

alt Tell the story, "Leann’s Spirit," Friend, Feb. 2005, 11 and make outline of each child with butcher paper.

BOOKLETS:

alt I am a child of God booklet (really cute!)

COLORING PAGES:

alt Coloring Page by Melanie Day
altI am a child of God, and He has a plan for me.” (January 2008 Liahona and Friend)
altI Am My Heavenly Father’s Child” (February 2005 Liahona and Friend)

CRAFT IDEAS:

alt Baby Moses Baskets by Elaine Morgan of Bangor, Maine:  I must credit my Visiting Teacher  for this idea.  I am Nursery leader and she has the four year olds. Thus we use the same manual and share ideas (and shop for each other).  We bought small baskets that looked like dippers. By taking the handles off (we unwound the fibers that attached the handle) the baskets made wonderful "Baby Moses baskets". Next we bought flannel remnants and cut squares, using pinking shears. I found little baby sister dolls for $2.99 at Wal-Mart in packages of 5. The children loved receiving their own "Baby Moses" . We showed the little ones how to wrap the babies. What wonderful objects for the children to have in their hands as they were told the story of Miriam and baby Moses in this lesson. I told my "Nursery Buddies" to take "Baby Moses" home and to tell their family about Miriam and Moses. (Lesson manual reviews the story of Moses on this lesson.)
alt Child of God Craft (boy) (girl)
alt Craft Idea from Oriental Trading for purchase - Baby Moses Bible Craft
alt Craft idea from My Fancy Nancy Life

DOOR SIGNS:

alt Door Signs by Laree Ipson

FILE FOLDER GAMES:

alt I am a child of God

GAMES:

alt Ask each child to think of someone who loves them.  With the children sitting on a circle on the floor, play "Spin the Bottle".  When the bottle stops, have the child it points to name someone who loves them.  Make sure everyone gets a turn.  After the game is over, explain that there is someone else who loves them very much!  "Who is he?"  Have them guess.  Show a picture of Jesus with little children.  Tell them that when Jesus was on the earth he had many friends.  He loved the little children and wanted to help them. 

HANDOUTS:

alt Bookmarks "I am a child of God"
alt Boy Paper Bag Puppet
alt Child of God Crown Frame
alt Child of God Picture Frame (for purchase/Oriental Trading)
alt Girl Paper Bag Puppet
alt Handheld Mirror (from dollar store)
alt Handout by Amy Busch / ga01152008
alt Personalized Picture and Frame
alt You could give them a FHE lesson on "I am a child of God" that they could use with their families.

LESSON HELPS:

alt Church Babies Blog
alt Cut an apple in half width-wise.  Show it to all the children.  Explain that in every apple there is a five sided star that holds seeds.  Tell them it doesn't matter what condition the outside of the apple is in, the the seeds are still there.  We are like the apple.  We each have the ability to become like Heavenly Father because we are his children. 
alt  I am a child of God by David Hill - Power Point Presentaton
alt Lesson Helps from LDS.org
alt Make a 3 x 5 card for each child.  Ask each parent for a picture of their child.  Put the picture on the 3 x 5 card and write their name very legibly on the card.  In addition to each child, make a few extra cards for Gordon B. Hinckley, Nephi, Jesus, etc.  Post them all over the room.  Ask the children to find the card with their name and picture on it.  Ask what all the names have in common...we all have eyes, all need love, we all eat, etc.  Tell them we are all - even the prophets - children of God.  Talk about the premortal life we had together.  Sing "I am a Child of God" and then have the children turn their cards over and draw a picture of themselves on it.  Write on the chalkboard, "I am a child of God" and have each child post their card on the board, posting the other pictures of Gordon B. Hinckley, Nephi, Jesus too.
alt Record on tape the voice of each child saying something about themselves.  You could maybe ask two questions like, "How many people are in your family" and "What is your favorite thing to do".  Then during your lesson, play the tape and have the children guess who each child is.  Explain that each voice is different just as each one of us is different.  Heavenly Father loves us and made each of us special in our own way.
alt Tell the children that you have one of the most important people in the world inside your special box. Have the children take turns guessing who it is. Then allow them one at a time to look inside the box. (Inside the box you put a large mirror, so when the children look inside they see themselves.) After they have all had a turn looking inside the box, ask them the question again. Explain to them that they each are one of the most important people in the world because they are unique/different and that their is no one else in the world just like them and that each one of them is a child of God.

MUSIC:

alt I am a child of God, pg. 2
alt I lived in heaven, pg. 4

OTHER:

alt Hello, I'm a child of God stickers by Adriana Backman
alt Sunbeam Letter for Lesson 1 by Cynthia Mikesell - The content of this letter comes almost exclusively from the lesson book.  I just changed the language a bit so that it reads as if the child is telling the parent what they have done in class that day.  (Click here to see all letters written by Cynthia)

STORIES:

alt Frankie, Child of God, February 2005 Friend


 
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