Tuesday, January 23, 2018

FHE: The Scriptures

This lesson contains ideas from "Heavenly Father and Jesus Gave Us the Scriptures" from the current Sunbeam Manual.


Attention Activity: Wrap up or cover a set of scriptures. Tell the children that you have something very important to you inside. Have them try to guess what it is. After a few guesses, have them feel through the cloth or paper. Uncover the set of scriptures.

Powerpoint - Slide 2. The scriptures are sacred books. "Explain that scriptures are important books that are different from other books. They are sacred books. Remind the children that something that is sacred helps us think about Heavenly Father and Jesus. Explain that the scriptures tell us about Heavenly Father and Jesus and how much they love us. They tell us what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do so we can be happy."

Powerpoint - Slide 3. Four sets of scripture. Explain that there are four standard works and read them aloud on the screen. Then show your own set of scriptures and turn to the title pages of each of the standard works. "Tell the children that we should take good care of the scriptures and turn the pages carefully. Have the children...demonstrate how carefully they can handle the scriptures and turn the pages. Explain that the scriptures contain stories that are true. These stories help us know what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do. The scriptures can help us in our lives."

Powerpoint - Slide 4. The Bible: The Last Supper. "Let the children tell what they know about the picture. Show the Bible and have the children repeat its name. Open the Bible to Luke 22. Explain that Jesus taught in the Bible that we should take the sacrament to remember him. Jesus took bread and blessed it and gave it to his disciples (helpers). He took a cup and had them drink. Read the part of verse 19 where Jesus said, 'This do in remembrance of me.' Point out that these are the words of Jesus." (Note: I marked all the scriptures, so I could easily find them during our lesson). Talk about how we follow this council and take the sacrament every week to remember Jesus.

Powerpoint - Slide 5. The Book of Mormon: Jesus Visits the Nephites. "Remind the children of what is happening in the picture. Show the Book of Mormon and have the children repeat its name. Open the Book of Mormon to 3 Nephi 18. Explain that Jesus taught the people many things. Read the part of verse 21 where Jesus said, "Pray in your families." Talk about how we pray in our families at home each night.
Powerpoint - Slide 6. Doctrine & Covenants: Jesus the Christ. Show the Doctrine and Covenants and have the children repeat its name. Open the Doctrine and Covenants to section 59. Explain that one of the things Jesus taught was that we should love everyone. Read the part of verse 6 where Jesus said, 'Love thy neighbor.' What did Jesus say? Who is our neighbor? How do you feel when you're kind?" Talk about examples of when your children have been kind.

Powerpoint - Slide 7. Pearl of Great Price: John baptizing Jesus. "Let the children tell about the picture. Emphasize that Jesus was baptized and that he wants everyone to be baptized. Show the Pearl of Great Price and have the children repeat its name. Open the Pearl of Great Price to Moses 7 and tell how Jesus taught a man named Enoch to go to the people and baptize them. Read the part of verse 11 where Jesus said, Baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son,...and of the Holy Ghost."

Review: Hold up the scriptures and ask, "What are these? Whose teachings are found in them? Why were the scriptures written?"

Activity: Express your love and gratitude for the scriptures. Tell the children how they have helped you in your life. Last week, I bought "Heroic Stories from The Book of Mormon: A Flashlight Discovery Book" to use for our lesson tonight! My boys loved using a flashlight to learn stories from the Book of Mormon. 


FHE: I Am Thankful For My Hands

This lesson is based on "I am Thankful for My Hands" from the current Sunbeam Manual.


Attention Activity: "Prepare paper bags containing familiar objects with different textures and shapes, such as a rock, a leaf, a piece of fabric, a spoon, a comb, and a pencil. Include at least one object per child. Have a child reach a hand into the bag you've prepared, without looking into it. Ask the child to feel one of the objects, tell what it feels like (soft, hard, smooth, rough), and try to guess what it is. Then have the child remove the object from the bag and show it to the class. Let the other children feel it. Continue until every child has had a turn. Ask, "what did you use to feel the objects?" Hands are a huge blessing to us. We can use our hands in many ways."

Powerpoint - Slide 2 (Hands). "Have the children hold up their hands and look at them. Talk about what the children can do with their hands. They can pick something up with their fingers and thumb; they can hold something in their palms; they can wave and turn their hands in all directions."

Slide 3. How do your hands help you get ready in the morning (or for church)? Go through the pictures and have the children pantomime the ways they get ready in the morning. Express gratitude for hands.

Slide 4. How do your hands help you play? Go through the pictures and have the children pantomime the ways they are able to play. Express gratitude for hands. ie: comb hair, brush teeth, eat breakfast, get dressed.

Slide 5. How do your hands help you work? Go through the pictures and have the children pantomime the ways they can work. "Help the children understand that our hands are a great blessing to us and that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to use our hands to help ourselves and to help others. Explain that Heavenly Father and Jesus do not want us to use our hands to be unkind to others--to hit or pinch or scratch. They want us to learn to use our hands in the right ways." ie: setting the table, making their bed, cleaning up blocks, and feeding their pet.

Slide 6. Other people use their hands to help us. Talk about the pictures and all the different ways people help the children. ie: playing with them, making them breakfast, washing their clothes, and reading stories together. 

Slide 7-11. "Explain that men who hold the priesthood can bless us through the laying on of hands. Show the slides and let the children identify the different kinds of blessings we can receive through the hands of priesthood holders. Help them understand that we can be given blessings when we are babies; we can be baptized when we are eight years old; we can be confirmed after baptism and be given the Holy Ghost; we can take the bread and water, which is blessed and passed by priesthood holders, during the sacrament each wee; and we can receive blessings when we are sick."

Slide 12 (Jesus blessing the children). When Jesus was on the earth, he used his hands to bless the children. He also used his hands to help people in other ways, such as blessing them when they were sick, deaf or blind.

Slide 13 (Sign Language). Our hands can talk. Use your hands to wave or beckon. Ask the children what you are saying with your hands. Explain that some people who are deaf and cannot hear or talk make signs with their hands that mean words. They talk with their hands. This is called sign language. Teach the children how to say, "I love you," "father," and "mother."


Activity (Magic Paint Hands). My boys love Magic Paint, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate it into a family lesson! We traced the children's hands on white card stock and had them decorate their hands with magic paint. However, all the children squeezed so much paint it covered their drawn hands (we had 2, 3 and 4 year olds). The kids still had a lot of fun, but next time I will cut a large hand out of the card stock for them to paint. Click here for the Magic Paint Recipe This was my hand...

Painted Hand
Microwave for 1 minute and the paint magically dries and puffs up

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Magic Puffy Paint!

We have painted with so many things before, but NEVER Magic Puffy Paint! My boys had a blast squirting paint and watching it "grow" and dry in the microwave. We saved one project to put on the fridge, and the others I allowed my boys to play with. They poked, pulled apart, drove toy cars over "mountains" and were so creative! This turned into over an hour activity for us! This paint is simple to make (my boys even helped me with this part) and easy clean up. We ALL loved this one! Thank you Fun at Home with Kids for this genius idea! You'll need (per color):

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Food Coloring
  • Card stock
  • Squeeze Bottles
1) Add ingredients together in a bowl and whisk together. Make sure there are no lumps. Pour paint into squeeze bottles. If you don't have squeeze bottles, you add the paint into ziplock bags and cut the bottom corner.

2) Have children squeeze the paint onto a piece of card stock. Thicker paper works better for this paint. Once your child is done painting, put the paper in the microwave and microwave for 30 second increments until the paint has dried. Because we had so much paint on ours, it took 1:30 to dry. Note: The dried paint will be hot after it comes out of the microwave! Allow to cool before play.

A few pictures!


My two pretending his monster truck is driving over a mountain!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

FHE: I Can Be Kind

This lesson is based on "I Can be Kind" from the current CTR4 manual.


Slideshow - Slide 1 (Holy Land). Summarize the following: "Show the children the map of the Holy Land. If the children are not familiar with maps, explain that a map is a drawing of an area such as a country or city. People use maps to tell them how to get from one place to another. Point out some of the features of the map, such as the land, the sea, and the rivers. Explain that this map shows the Holy Land, where Jesus lived when he was on earth.

Point out Judea. Explain that the people who lived in this part of the Holy Land were called Jews.

Point out Samaria. Explain that the people who lived in Samaria were called Samaritans.

Explain that during Jesus' time the Jews and Samaritans did not understand or like each other. The Jews felt they were better than the Samaritans. Jews would not eat in the home of a Samaritan or eat food prepared by Samaritans. The Jews dislike the Samaritans so much that if they had to travel to Galilee (point out Galilee) they would go all the way around Samaria even though it was shorter to go through Samaria. Show how much father it would be to go around Samaria that through it to get to Galilee."

Slide 2 (Jerusalem to Jericho). "Explain that when Jesus Christ was on the earth, he often told stories to help people understand his teachings. One of the stories he told was about a Samaritan. Tell the story of the Good Samaritan, as found in Luke 10:30-37." We connect our laptop to our TV for our FHE lessons, and placed tape on the back of our Good Samaritan Cutouts to stick on the TV. Emphasize the following points as you tell the story:
  • The wounded man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho (point out the two cities on the map on slide 1, then go to slide 2). 
  • The first man who passed by without stopping to help was a Jewish priest. Priests worked in the temple and were thought to be righteous and holy men. 
  • The second man who passed by without helping was a Levite. Levites also worked in the temple and were important in the Jewish religion.
  • The third man was a Samaritan. He stopped to help the wounded man. Explain that because this Samaritan man was so kind, he is called the Good Samaritan. 

Slide 3 (Good Samaritan). Act out the story. "Have one child lie on the floor, pretending to be injured. You and the other children pretend to be traveling on the road to Jericho. Have the children follow you and do as you do. 

First pretend to be the priest walking along the road. Start walking around the room. Suddenly you see someone lying by the side of the road. He is badly hurt. What did the priest do? Cross over to the other side of the road, indicating that you will not help the wounded man.

Then pretend you are the Levite. Walk around the room. You see someone lying beside the road. His clothes have been stolen, and he is badly hurt. What did the Levite do? Stop and look at the injured person. Then go on with your journey without helping him. 

Now pretend you're the Samaritan. Walk around the room. You see someone who is badly hurt lying by the side of the road. What did the Samaritan do? Act out the kind actions of the Samaritan. Pretend to clean the man's wounds, put him on a donkey, take him to an inn, and promise to pay the innkeeper for anything else the man needs. Explain that Jesus wants us to be like the Good Samaritan and be kind to everyone.

Slide 4 & 5 (Luisa & Todd): Summarize the story. Ask the children to notice the solution to her problem: "Luisa and Todd were friends and enjoyed playing together. One afternoon, however, they got into an argument. Luisa called Todd a name, and Todd pushed Luisa down. When she began to cry, he made a face at her. 

Luisa went to find her father. She knew that he would help her. Luisa told her father how Todd had pushed her down and had been mean to her. She asked her father to go outside and punish Todd. Luisa's father told her that punishing Todd might not be the best thing to do. He told Luisa to go into the kitchen instead and spread some jam on two pieces of bread. Then he told her to take one of the pieces of bread to Todd. If she did that, Luisa's father said, she would have a friend instead of an enemy.

Luisa did as her father told her. When she went back outside and offered the bread and jam to Todd, he looked at her for a moment and then took the gift. Todd and Luisa smiled at each other and sat down to enjoy their bread and jam. They were friends again. Remind the children that Jesus wants us to be kind, even if people are kind to us.

Slideshow 6 (Scripture). Explain that these are Jesus' words. He commanded us to love one another. When we are kind to each other, we are showing our love.

Slideshow 7 (Being Kind Examples). Have your children take turns drawing colored popsicle sticks and answering the example questions below. If your child draws the blue popsicle stick, ask the blue question and assist with the answer if needed. 

Activity (Good Samaritan Coloring Page): The bandaids were a big hit with this activity! Remind the children of how the Good Samaritan was kind to the Jew, even though Jews weren't always kind to them. Color and place bandaids on the wounds. Hang the pictures on the fridge as a remind to be kind.

Good Samaritan Movie: We had extra time tonight, so we watched The Good Samaritan. It was helpful to talk about all the things we learned about today while watching the movie together. We have the Living Scriptures version, but I'm sure there's a free version on LDS.org.

Testimony: Remind your children that Jesus wants us to be kind to others even when they aren't kind to us. Practice doing kind deeds to others this week and notice the difference. This lesson was a HUGE help and good reminder to me and my children. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

FHE: I am Thankful for Food & Clothing

This lesson is based on "I am Grateful for Food and Clothing" from the current Sunbeam's Manual.


Introduction Activity. Remind the children of the creation and how Heavenly Father and Jesus created trees and plants for us. On the trees and plants grow food for us to enjoy. Talk about some fruits and vegetables your children love to eat and where they come from. I bought a zucchini and apple from the grocery store earlier this week and cut them open, so my boys (ages 2, 4) could see the seeds inside. "Explain that Heavenly Father planned for plants to have seeds so the seeds could grow into more plants to provide food for us. When a plant such as a fruit or vegetable grow, more seeds are formed." Talk about what the seeds need to grow.

Powerpoint - Slide 2. "Tell the story of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath, as found in 1 Kings 17:8-16. Help the children understand that there was not enough food because there was no rain. Without the rain to bring water, no food would grow." Click to view the powerpoint.

Powerpoint - Slides 3-12. Explain that not all our food comes from plants. Talk about how some food comes from animals. Go through these slides asking, "Where does milk come from?" "Where do eggs come from?" Ask the same with bacon/sausage, taco meat (beef) and chicken nuggets. Here's a preview of the first four slides...

Powerpoint - Slide 13. Point out that food isn't the only thing we get from plants and animals. What is this boy doing? Getting dressed. "Have your children pantomime putting on articles of clothing such as a shirt, a dress, shoes, a coat and a hat. Explain that we get materials for making clothing and shoes from plants and animals.

Powerpoint - Slide 14-17. "Tell the children what plants or animals provide materials commonly used for clothing in your area. For example, cotton and linen come from plants, and silk comes from silk worms. Wool comes from sheep, and most leather comes from cows." Go through the slides as you discuss each item. I wish I had brought clothes made from cotton, linen, silk, wool and leather for the kids to touch. 

Cotton Plant (top) & Linen Plant (Bottom)
Silk Worm
Wool from Sheep
Leather from Cows
Powerpoint - Slide 18. Teach the children the importance of thanking Heavenly Father for the food and clothing we have. Express gratitude and remind the children Jesus created these items under the direction of Heavenly Father. Show this slide. 

Activity - Plant Seeds. Fill a cup with dirt and have your children plant a seed inside. We planted two dried black beans (for convenience in the winter) in each cup. Throughout the week, have your children water the beans and watch them grow! Here's our observation after two weeks..