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Lesson 2

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Get some butcher paper and trace the children's bodies. Tape the tracings on the wall and let them color the bodies. You may want to save these for later lessons about eyes, ears, etc. The children could add the different body parts to their tracing. As well, you could measure and weigh them and write that on the butcher paper. Then,  let them take home the tracings at the end of the body part lessons.  When we did this, one little boy did not want us to trace him, no matter what we said.  So we had his dad come in for a minute and trace him instead.



 Heavenly Father loves you
 Heavenly Father has a body coloring sheet by Melanie Day


 Pop Up Craft


 Door Signs by Laree Ipson


 Heavenly Father has a body by Melanie Day.  Doreen McDowell has made a different version of my file folder game.  CLICK HERE to open her version.


Elbow to Elbow - The children all dance around while music is playing and you turn the music off and call out a part of body.   For example, elbow to elbow everyone touches their elbow to someone else’s elbow. They can have partners, or if they are young they can just touch their own elbow.  
 Play "Simon Says" using body parts. 


 Boy and Girl Dolls
 Boy Doll
 Girl Doll
 Grow to be like your parents - Doreen McDowell has colored a file from the Friend and made a great printable. 
 Just like me! by BreAnne Bishop


 Church Babies Blog
 Flannel board story of "Sacred Grove" from July 2001, Friend.  Compare our bodies to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. (Scroll down for clipart)  You could put magnets on the back of the clipart.  Many chalkboards are magnetic.
Lesson Helps from
 My Body - A Temple
 No Crying Nursery
 We Grow to Be Like Our Parents, Friend, Apr. 1984, 14
 You Are Eternal


 Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes


 Sunbeam Letter for Lesson 2 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)


 Make Gingerbread Cookies

Comments (13)
  • Anonymous

    Wow this lesson was packed full of wonderful ideas. I don't think I'll even have enough time to do everything I want to! Thanks to EVERYONE who shared their ideas!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the Great Ideas guys, you are real life savers!

  • Anonymous

    Love love love this resource!
    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  • Anonymous

    :D Love this lesson with body like Jesus and nursery songs to it. Plus us gingerbread man song. Each child get a turn and chooses to march, jump, clap, jog, gallop, or walk. Sing Jump, jump, as fast as you can try to catch me I'm the gingerbread man. Change jump to different actions. Color gingerbread man pattern, each gingerbread man cookies, and lastly for good reverence each child gets a gingerbread stamp on their hand. As well as singing winter songs, tell about the Joseph Smith first vision story with pictures and song. Anything with actions, songs, games, for transitions between each story of two to get their wiggles out. For more great ideas email me!

  • claire

    would be lost without this resource - simply fantastic - thankyou for all your hard work everyone

  • Sierra

    This is my 2nd year in sunbeams and this is my go to place every week. You have so many different ideas for this lesson. I love it! Thanks for all your hard work!

  • Cinda

    Thank you so much!!!!!

  • Eadie Sweezy

    Thank you to Cynthia for the Sunbeam letters and to everyone for the many wonderful resources. The letters will be a nice recap to send home so the parents know specifically what the children learned and can review with the children if they choose!

  • Guest

    Great ideas and they worked very well. Thank you for sharing!!!!

  • TorriDQ

    Love all the ideas...I'm looking forward to using a few in my lesson tomorrow...thank you so much for taking the time to do this :lol:

  • Danette

    There are several links from this lesson that say the URL is not found. Is anyone else having this same message when you click on the link?

    So sad because I used these ideas for my 2012 lessons, and now they are gone. :(

  • Kristi

    One idea I'm trying is a matching game using pictures of arms, legs, smiles, eyes, etc. When we turn over a match, we're going to talk about how that body part is like Heavenly Father, and what we can do with it - like we use our eyes to see.

  • Anonymous

    I love this site and appreciate the hard work!

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