Scripture Story Activity
“The Israelites Prepared Ahead for the Sabbath”
- Items needed: Bible for each family member, one piece of heavy paper, exacto knife, glue,
- Print and cut out the PDF or Word illustrations. Fold back the tabs on the basket. With an exacto knife, cut slits on the family picture along the side edges of A and C. Line up the bottom edge of the basket to the bottom edge of B on the family picture, and then tape tab B down (the tab should be inside the basket, not facing outward). Insert the A and C basket tabs into the A and C side slits. Tape those tabs to the back of the picture. The top of the basket should bow out like a basket. Fold the tabs back on the bottom of the Israelite family picture. Tape the tabs to the top of a heavy piece of paper. The family figure should be standing up on the heavy paper, but you should be able to fold it down to store the picture.
- Cut out the scripture references (and the two numbers), and glue one to the back of each manna piece. (Israelite family and manna images are from the Friend Nov. 2004 pg. 390
Display the picture of the Israelite family on the table or floor so that the family figure is standing up. Put the manna pieces in front of the family figure.
Tell the family that after Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt, the Israelites had to travel through the wilderness to reach the Promised Land. They did not have enough food to make such a long journey, so the Lord provided manna from heaven for them to eat.
Tell the family they are going do an activity that will teach them more about the story of the manna from heaven.
Have each family member take turns choosing pieces of manna until they are all gone. Have them look up the scripture references that are on the back of their manna pieces. (A couple of pieces will have numbers instead of scriptures on them. Those will be used later in the activity.)
Going in numerical order read the following questions to the family. After a question is read, ask the family if anyone has the answer to it. Have the person tell what the answer is. (Optional: Also have them read the scripture) After they tell the family the answer, have them put that piece of manna into the basket.
- Why did the children of Israel murmur against Moses and Aaron? (murmur means to complain or rebel) Exodus 16:2-3
- Why would the murmuring against Moses and Aaron really be murmuring against the Lord? Exodus 16:6,8
- What food did the Lord provide for the Israelites in the mornings, and what food did the Lord provide in the evenings? Also describe how the food arrived. Exodus 16:11-15
- Describe the manna’s characteristics such as what it looked like, and what it tasted like. Exodus 16: 14, 21, 31
- How much manna did the Lord command the Israelites to gather each day? Exodus 16:16-18
- What happened the next day to the manna when more was gathered than was needed? Exodus 16:19-20
- What did the Lord instruct the Israelites to do differently in regards to the manna on the day before the Sabbath? Exodus 16: 22-23
- How were the Israelites blessed by preparing ahead for the Sabbath? Exodus 16: 24, 29
- What happened when some of the people did not prepare ahead and expected to gather manna on the Sabbath? Exodus 16:27
- What did the Israelite people do on the Sabbath? Exodus 16:30
- How long did the Lord provide food for the Israelites? Exodus 16:35
* Have the family members with the numbered manna pieces answer the following questions.
- What did the Israelites learn about the Sabbath? (That they should not work on the Sabbath. They should prepare ahead for the Sabbath so they can rest on the Sabbath day because it is a holy day.)
- The Israelites prepared for the Sabbath by gathering twice as much food the day before. Name three things we could do to prepare ahead so that our Sabbaths can be peaceful, restful, and holy?
“Sunday Morning Problem”
Written by Adrianne Pearson Coleman
Illustrated by Julie F. Young
- Download this PowerPoint presentation of the story. Read the story out loud, or listen to it being read by clicking on the audio icon on each slide.
- Or print the story pages. Cut the pictures and the words apart at the dotted lines. Glue each page of words onto the back of its coinciding picture.
- Items needed: Paper and a pen or marker
- Have you ever felt like Sunday mornings are chaotic and stressful instead of peaceful and holy?
As you listen to this story see if you can think of some ways to help make Sunday the holy day it should be. (Going in numerical order, show the pictures and read the back story captions to the family.)
After Story Discussion:
- Why was Kelly’s mom unhappy at the beginning of the story?
- Has anyone in the family ever felt the same way Kelly’s mom felt on Sunday mornings?
- What do you think Heavenly Father and Jesus want our Sunday mornings to be like?
- What did Kelly do to help Sundays be a happy, peaceful day?
- How can you help make Sunday a happy, peaceful, holy day? (Make a list of things the family members mention. Post the list in a place where the family members will see it and be reminded to do the things on it.)
Friend June 2018 “Small Things Make a Big Difference” Little choices, good or bad, can make a big difference.
Friend May 2018 “Conference Notes” President Oaks used the example of a growing root cracking the sidewalk to teach that little choices can make a big difference over time.
Sister Aburto once saw a big group of butterflies. She learned that every year they fly thousands of miles from Mexico to Canada, and then back. They do this one tiny wing flap at a time. Like the butterflies, we are on a journey back to our heavenly home. One small good choice at a time can get us there.
Ensign March 2018 “Family Home Evening: Discerning Right from Wrong” Object Lesson. Satan tries to make good, righteous, and joyful seem miserable and evil appear to be good. Wrap a rock as a gift and put a treat in a brown paper bag. (See more at link)
2017 Sharing Time Outline Tell the children that you are thinking of a word, and give them clues to help them guess the word. Ask them to raise their hands when they know the answer. Clues could include the following: We had this before we came to earth. It is a gift from our Heavenly Father. It is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan for us. Satan wanted to take it from us. We use it when we make choices. It is a gift that lets us choose for ourselves. It starts with the letter A. After the children have guessed the answer, say together, “Agency is the gift to choose for ourselves.”
Show the children a long stick that has the word choice written on one end and the word consequences written on the other end. Explain that a consequence is what naturally happens because of a choice we make; for example, if we choose to practice playing a musical instrument, we will get better at it, and if we choose to touch fire, we will be burned. Pick up the stick and show the children that every time you pick up the stick, you get both the choice and the consequence of that choice. Ask an older child to read 2 Nephi 2:27. Invite the other children to listen for what the consequences are for making the right choice (liberty and eternal life) and what the consequences are for making the wrong choice (captivity and misery).
Invite two children to come to the front of the room, and let each child hold one end of the stick. Ask the child holding the “choice” end to give an example of a good choice (for example, speaking kindly to others). Ask the other child to share possible consequences of that choice (for example, making lasting friendships). Repeat with several other children.
2017 Sharing Time Outline Show the children a container of many different colors of crayons. Show them a second container with only one color. Ask the children: “If you were going to color a picture, which of these containers of crayons would you want to use? Why?” Explain that having a variety of choices is a blessing. Testify that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us and They want us to make correct choices.
Friend September 2016 “For Parents of Little Ones” Lesson ideas for little ones about making choices.
Friend September 2017 “Show and Tell” I love the CTR shield because it reminds me of a knight’s shield that protects them from a dragon. I know when I choose the right I’m protected from sin.
Libby R., age 8, Utah, USA
Ensign December 2017 “Dealing with Peer Pressure” Helping Kids Say No
Role-play different situations at home to give your child practice.
Let them know it’s OK to blame an escape on you. “Sorry, I have to be home. Gotta go!”
Brainstorm escape plans as a family. For example, come up with a code word your children could use in a phone call or text message to let you know they need help getting out of a situation. Talk through how the scenario might play out.
Reassure your children that, even when they make mistakes, you are always there to love and help them!
Nephi’s example (1 Nephi 4:2): We often think of Nephi as the good example. But who set an example for Nephi to follow? Talk about role models who have helped you make good choices.
The Lord’s promise (D&C 6:33–37): Sometimes making the right choice is hard, and it can feel like everyone is against us. The Savior tells us that in these situations, we should still “do good” and know that He is with us.
Daniel said no (Daniel 1:8–16): Daniel and his friends refused the food the Lord had commanded them not to eat and chose better food instead. What are some different ways you can say no to outside pressures?
Friend November 2017 “Peer Pressure Problems” Ideas on how to deal with peer pressure to avoid making wrong choices.
“Choosing to Keep the Sabbath Day Holy”
- Items needed: Two different colors of good quality construction paper – three pages of each color, a display board, and a glue stick.
- Print the story activity pages. Cut each page in half at the dotted lines. Cut the construction papers in half. Glue each of the story pages to one color of construction paper and each of the picture pages to another color.
- Before the lesson, post the pictures and stories face down on a display board using sticky tack or some other removable adhesive method.
Explain that on the display board are stories of children choosing to keep the Sabbath Day Holy. Have a family member choose a story card and a picture card from the board. Explain that the object of the game is to find a story card and its matching picture. Have the family member read the story card out loud, or if the story has already been read, have them tell the story again in their own words. If the family member makes a match, then the cards are removed. If a match is not made, the cards are place back into their original position. Continue in this manner, with family members taking turns choosing cards and trying to find matches, until all the matches have been made,
(The stories are from the “Trying to Be Like Jesus” pages of the Friend Magazine.)
Song: Remember the Sabbath Day
(Children’s Songbook pg. 155)
- Materials needed: double-sided tape, page protectors.
- Print one set of the song activity items. (Print the synonym words and the correct words onto two different colors of paper to help avoid mixup.) Cut out the words and write the word’s number on the back of each piece. Check the list below to find the numbers. (Example: The words “Remember” and “Keep in mind” would be #1).
- Put the song page and the Synonym Match-up page into page protectors. Put a piece of double-sided tape on the back of the synonym words and put them onto their correct numbered spot on the song page. Using double-sided tape, put the correct words on the Synonym Match-up page in random order.
- A recording of the song can be found here, or a CD of the Children’s Songbook can be checked out from the meetinghouse library.
Show the song page to the family and read it to them. Tell them that some of the words are not correct. The incorrect words are synonyms of the correct words, which mean that they are similar in meaning to the correct words.
Show the page that says Synonym Match-Up. Tell the family that the correct words are listed on this page, and they need to replace the synonyms on the song with the correct words.
Have them take turns choosing a word and finding its match. (You may have to read the choices to younger children.) They can check the numbers on the back of the words to see if they have found the right match.
After all the correct words are in place, sing the song. (You may have to say each sentence out loud before singing to help small children who can’t read.)
You can take off words and try singing again to see if the family remembers the words to the song.
Correct Words Synonyms
1) Remember 1) Keep in mind
2) the Sabbath day 2) Sunday
3) always keep 3) continually hold
4) it holy 4) it sacred
5) The Lord 5) God
6) blessed 6) set apart
7) hallowed it 7) consecrated it
8) worship 8) show devotion to
Calendar & Chart Activity
Activities that Fulfill the Purposes of the Sabbath
- Items needed: tape, four different pages of stickers, thin binder, page protectors.
- Use this Microsoft Word activity in the lesson, or print and cut out the Calendar Activity Items. Tape the two pieces of the calendar together. Tape the calendar onto the back of a cookie sheet or on a display board. Tape the small pictures around the calendar.
- Print the Things to Do on Sunday Activity. Put the pages in page protectors. Put the pages in the binder. Put a different sticker on each page. Put the sticker pages with the chart.
- Note: Images on the Spencer W. Kimball quote are from the LDS Media Library-Children’s Primary Songbook
Spencer W. Kimball said that the Sabbath “is not a day of recreation and amusements.” He also said that abstinence from work and recreation is important but insufficient. The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts.
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Have the family members take turns choosing a picture and placing it on the calendar. Ask them to put the things that fulfill the purposes of the Sabbath on the Sunday squares and put the other things on one of the weekday squares. Before posting a picture tell them to ask themselves the question, “Does it bring me closer to Heavenly Father, increase my spiritual strength, or rest my body?”
Point out all the days on the calendar that the family has for themselves to do their work, sports, and recreation. Point out the one day of the week that is the Lord’s.
Show to the family the four pages of “Things to Do on Sunday.” Explain that there are many wonderful things we can do on the Sabbath that fulfill the purposes of the Sabbath.
Point out that each page has a sticker on it. Write the family members names on the chart. Explain that family members get to put a matching sticker on their Sunday square each time they do something from that page. They must do one item from each page before they can begin again. (Make more copies of the chart when needed)
Put the binder in a “Sunday Box.” Fill the box with things that fulfill the purposes of the Sabbath and keep it holy such as gospel and scriptural videos, puzzles, games, books to read, coloring books, etc. (You may want to make it a box of things they only get to use on Sunday.)
Jesus Created this World for Us
- Item needed: a bible, a large, light blue felt display board and a small felt choosing board, 1/3 yard of brown felt and 1/2 yard of sea blue felt. (The felt needs to be good quality.)
- Print the visual aids. (Visual Aids are from the Primary One Manual cutouts and Microsoft Word clipart.) Add felt or 60 grit sandpaper to the back of each item and cut the figures out.
- Cut the brown felt 11 1/2″ x 28″ and the sea blue felt 15 1/2 ” x 28″.
- Before teaching the lesson, attach each picture randomly to the small felt board.
Open the Bible to Genesis 1:1 and read, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Invite the children to repeat the scripture with you, a few words at a time. Explain that Heavenly Father had Jesus Christ make the world and everything in it.
Show the children the display boards.
Tell the children that Jesus made the light of day.
- What gives light to our world? (The sun) Have a child find the sun and put it at the top of the board.
Jesus also made the night.
- What we do we see in the sky at night time? (The moon and stars) Have a child find the moon and stars cutout and put it on the board.
Tell the children that Jesus made the waters in the sea and in the sky. (Put on the large, blue felt piece. Have the children then find the water in the sky–the rain cloud. Have a child stick the rain cloud to the sky area.)
Jesus also made the dry land. (Put the brown felt land piece on top of the sea, leaving some of the sea exposed on top.)
Jesus made all the plants. (Have the children find the plants and put them on the land.)
Jesus also made the fishes and other sea creatures. (Have the children find the fish and put them in the sea area.)
Jesus made the birds. (Have the children find the birds and put them in the sky area.)
Jesus also made all other animals. (Point to an animal and have the children say what it is or make the sound it makes, and then have a child put it on the land area. Continue until all the animals are on the board.)
Jesus also made people.
- Who were the first people that lived on the earth? (Adam and Eve) Put Adam and Eve on the display board.
Heavenly Father and Jesus made the earth for us to live on because they love us.
Sing the song “My Heavenly Father Loves Me.” (Make the song visual aid, and then follow the singing instructions listed under junior primary.)
Felt/Vinyl Display Board
Fun Hint: Poster boards can be inserted into vinyl side to change background colors.
- Items needed: Two 22″ x 28″ two-sided blue project sheets from Hobby Lobby (cardboard sheets covered in colored paper), one yard of light blue felt from Hobby Lobby (Note: For felt figures to stick on the felt board, the background felt must be high wool count. Some craft stores and Walmart do not have good enough quality felt), one yard of deluxe clear vinyl (found in rolls at craft stores or Walmart. It has blue printed paper covering it. Be careful not to crease it as you transport it home), clear nylon thread, and a sewing machine
- Instructions: Cut the deluxe vinyl and the felt into 45″x 29″ pieces, making sure all sides are square. (I used a poster board as a guide to make sure the sides were square.). Fold each piece in half. Sew a 1/2 inch border on one side edge and a 1/2 inch border on the bottom edge of each folded piece. You should end up with one side edge that is open on both pouches. Stack the two pouches together and sew the sewn bottom edges together. Insert a blue project sheet into each pouch. The display board will fold at the top sewn edge in order to sit on a table. Optional: Sew the open edge of the felt pouch together (but the open side makes it easier to replace bent or damaged project boards. Masonite boards can be used instead of the project boards for more durability, but they are heavier).
- Note: A poster board can be inserted on top of the vinyl’s blue project sheet to change display board background color. In fact, several poster boards can be stored in the vinyl pouch.
Using the Display Boards
Felt board: Story figures can be printed onto printable iron-on fabric and then ironed onto felt. Or strips of 60 grit sandpaper can be hot glued to the back of each paper printed figure. (For increased durability, laminate paper figures before attaching sandpaper strips.)
Vinyl board: Attach permanent double-sided tape or sticky tack to the back of each figure you wish to display. The figures will easily peel off from the vinyl, but they will need to be stuck to the inside of ziplock or page protectors for storage. Dry erase markers can also be used on the vinyl board.
Small Choosing Board
Items needed: 1/2 yard good quality felt, 1/2 yard deluxe clear vinyl, one small foam board (see Dollar Tree).
Instructions: Using an exact knife, cut the foam board to 22 1/2″ x 17 1/2″. Cut a piece of felt 46″ x 18″. Cut a piece of vinyl 18″ x 23″.
Fold the felt in half so it is 18″ x 23″. Place the vinyl on top of the folded piece. Sew the two sides 1/4 inch in from each edge. Insert the foam board into the top open side of felt pocket. Sew along the edge of the foam board on the open side. Trim off extra fabric along that edge.