My Heavenly Father Loves Me
(Children’s Songbook, pg. 228 )
- Items needed: a half sheet of poster board, glue, scissors, drawing compass or ruler, and one brad.
- Print the visual aid items and assemble the activity using the following steps:
- Cut out the earth pieces, and place the two pieces together, with the middle edges overlapping until the scenes on both side match in the middle. Glue the pieces together.
- Place the earth on the half sheet of poster board and trace around the outside edge. After removing the earth, find the middle point on the earth picture and on the poster board using a compass or a ruler. (Note: it must be the exact middle in order for this activity to work)
- Cut out the triangle pieces inside the blue lines. Place the blank triangle on the earth just left of the top middle, making sure the tip is at the center mark. Trace around the triangle with a pencil and then cut out the piece from the earth.
- Place each triangle on the poster board circle outline in the correct order (see above picture). They will overlap each other in order for them to all fit, but the points of all the triangles need to be circling the center mark. Once all the parts are situated, lightly glue down each piece. Place the earth on top of the circle and check to make sure that the opening on the earth shows each picture correctly as you turn it. Cut out the poster board circle, trimming off any parts of the triangles around the edges. Laminate both the earth and the poster board circle. (UPS stores have laminators. They also can enlarge the images and print them bigger if needed.) Cut off the excess laminating around the edges, but do not cut out the laminate on the cut out slice of the earth.)
- Place the earth on top of the circle cutout. With a thick needle, poke a hole through the center mark on both items leaving the needle in place. Turn the earth and make sure everything is lined up. If both circles are lined up, put the brad through both holes, opening up the arms in the back. Note: The visual aids were found on Microsoft Word clipart and in the Friend magazine. The idea for this visual aid was posted on Sugardoodle from “The Choristers Corner,” but it didn’t include printable images.
- Be prepared to attach the back circle to the board with strong magnets or sticky tack. If you plan on having the children help with the wheel turning, a tab can be added to the front circle edge to help the younger children turn it. If this song idea is used for family home evening, sing the song with the children throughout the week to help the children remember it.
Remind the children that our Heavenly Father loves us, so he had Jesus make this beautiful world for us to live on. Explain that this song reminds us of many of the wonderful things we are blessed with on the earth.
Show the children the earth visual aid.
Have the children listen for what word each pictures stands for as you sing the song for the children while turning the top circle on the earth visual aid. (See the underlined words below). Make sure the pictures are always at the top of the world. Sing the song again using the visual aid, and stop at each picture and have the children say the word. Sing the song again, two lines at a time, and have the children echo you. Then have them sing the whole song with you using the visual aids as clues.
After the children learn the song, you can use the actions to help remind them of the words instead of using the visual aid.
Whenever I hear the song of a bird
Or look at the blue, blue sky,
Whenever I feel the rain on my face
Or the wind as it rushes by,
Whenever I touch a velvet rose
Or walk by our lilac tree,
I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world
Heav’nly Father created for me.
Sing a line while showing the visual aid. But before singing, tell the children to listen for the word each picture stands for. Sing that line again with the visual aid, but stop at the word and have the children say the word. Sing the line again in parts and have them echo you. Then have them sing the whole line with you. Do the same with the other lines. After they learn a new line, have the children sing it with previously learned lines.
After the children learn the song, you can use the following actions to help remind them of the words instead of using the visual aid.
Whenever I hear the song of a bird. (Cup hand around ear.)
Or look at the blue, blue sky, (Point at your eyes and then point at the sky.)
Whenever I feel the rain on my face (Stroke face, and then put hands up in front of you and wiggle your fingers as your hands move downward. )
Or the wind as it rushes by, (Wiggle your fingers as your hand move side to side.)
Whenever I touch a velvet rose. (Put finger out as if to touch something.)
Or walk by our lilac tree, (Make two fingers move as if walking.)
I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world. (Point to your smiling face, and then hold arms out with palms up.)
Heav’nly Father created for me.
Note: Accompaniment can be found at https://www.lds.org/music/library/childrens-songbook/my-heavenly-father-loves-me?lang=eng
Count Your Blessings
Friend November 2018 “Matt and Mandy” A regular meal turns into a Thanksgiving type meal when the family expresses things they are grateful for.
Friend November 2018 “Count Your Blessings” Jacy can’t sleep. Her father comes in when he hears her crying. He suggests that she sing a song and then count her blessings. Thinking about her blessings helps her relax and sleep.
Friend November 2017 “The Blessing Fish” A family learns the story of the disciples that caught a net full of fish after Jesus told them where to cast their nets. The children realize that the fish are a blessing to Peter’s family. They talk about the blessings their family has been given.
Friend November 2017 “Sincerely, Maisy: A Muddy Thanksgiving” Maisy feels she has a lot to be grateful for after helping a family at Thanksgiving whose house was being flooded.
Gratitude for Nature
Friend March 2017 “Raining!” Rain makes the earth clean and beautiful. Water helps us in many ways.
Gratitude During Adversity (seeing blessings)
Friend November 2019 “Matt and Mandy” Matt broke his arm and had to have surgery. He keeps his sense of humor through the whole ordeal. At Thanksgiving he shares all the things he is grateful for in regards to what happened to his arm; he’s grateful for doctors, priesthood blessings, learning to do hard things, that his injury wasn’t worse, etc.
Friend November 2019 “Searching for Sir Crunch-a-Lot” Mackenzie’s family shop at the bishop’s storehouse for their food because they don’t have much money after her dad lost his job. Mackenzie wishes she didn’t have to eat boring food like granola instead of her favorite cereal brand, and sandwiches instead of pizza at school. But then she finds out that a friend sitting next to her isn’t eating lunch because she is fasting for a family member. Mackenzie realizes how hard it must be to fast, and she is grateful for all the people who fast and give fast offerings so she and her family don’t go hungry. (Refreshment Idea: Friend November 2019 “Family Night Fun: Gratitude Granola” Have family members say something they’re grateful for as they add each ingredient!
Friend November 2016 “Pie-crust Cabins” When Robbin’s great grandmother was young, her family didn’t have much at Thanksgiving, so they made pie crust cabins with what they had to remind them of their blessings. It became a family tradition.
Friend October 2017 “Bread and Gratitude” A man at a restaurant always find some fault in the meal no matter what the waiter provides. “As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are commanded to “thank the Lord [our] God in all things” (D&C 59:7). If we focus on the blessings we think we are missing, it can make us unhappy.“
Friend October 2017 “Bread and Gratitude” Fill in the blank story about a boy who has a terrible day, but after a dream he realizes he is grateful for all those things that had been difficult the day before.
Friend March 1987 “Fruit for Hernando” Hernando and his family has very little, but he realizes they are blessed.
Saying Thank You
Friend May 2019 “The Gratitude Goal” Kate’s favorite scripture story was the story of the ten lepers. She couldn’t believe that out of the ten people Jesus healed, only one said thank you! She’d made it a goal ever since to always say thank you, even when she was stressed and worried about such things as making the soccer team.
Friend July 2018 “Thank You!” Action rhyme about remembering to say thank you when someone helps you.
Friend February 2018 “Grateful Gifts” A man in Alice’s ward gives her and her sister a flute as a thank you for playing the piano for Sacrament meetings. Alice loves the gift and learns a song to play for the man to show her appreciation.(Article includes photos of the people and of the special flute)
Blessing of Teachers
Blessing of Freedom
Friend July 1988 “Grandpa Max’s Flag” Scott’s grandfather puts up a US flag everyday because he came from a country that where the people didn’t have freedom; they were taxed and imprisoned unfairly or forced to join the military.
Friend November 2018 “Food & Fun” Make paper apples out of strips of paper. On each strip, write something you are thankful for. Afterwards, make mini caramel apples as a treat.
Friend November 2017 “Find It” This family is building a gratitude tree all through November. Every day each person writes something they’re thankful for on a paper leaf and tapes it to the tree. Can you find the one thing that’s written on three different leaves.
Friend November 2017 “Family Night Fun” Take turns fishing. When you catch a fish, read the number on the back. Then think of that number of blessings and tell them to your family.
Friend October 2017 “Bread and Gratitude” For each letter of the alphabet, come up with something you’re thankful for!
Gratitude for Teachers
Friend May 2018 “I Love You More” Action Rhyme
My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Verse Two
- Items needed: Colored chalk, timer, eraser
- Print the word strips onto heavy paper. Cut them out and fold each one in half so the words are hidden. Label each with its correct number.
- Draw on the board a large paper doll shape.
Explain that the second verse of the song tells of additional blessings Heavenly Father has given us, and the children are going to draw them on the board as they do an activity to help them learn the verse.
Have a volunteer come up. Give the child the first folded word strip that says “Eyes”. Tell the child to draw it where it goes on the doll figure. Explain to the children that they are going to guess what the person is drawing. Give the child a time limit to draw the item. When the time is up have them choose someone to tell what the item is. When the correct guess is made explain that the first words in the second verse are “He gave me my eyes that I might see.”
Have another volunteer come up. Give that child the slip of paper that says “Butterfly (with colorful wings)”. Have them draw it next to the doll shape. When the correct guess is made, tell the words that go with this part. “the color of butterfly wings”. Have the children sing these first two parts.
Do the same thing with each word, going in order. Be sure to tell the song words that go with each item, and sing the lines after every few that are introduced. When you come to the word “body” have the child draw around the outline of the doll figure, or draw arrows pointing to the doll figure. When the correct word is guessed explain that the words that go with this are “He gave me my life”.
For the words “brain” and “heart” have them draw those items where they go on the doll figure. For the word “prayer” have the child erase the arms and redraw them folded (if that doesn’t work have the child draw the eyes closed or the knees bended.)
For the word “creations” you may need two or three children to draw. Have them draw the items around the doll figure. (You can put a smile on the doll when you mention the words “of which I’m a part.”)
For the word “love”, have the child draw a huge heart around the doll figure. The heart is for the words “Yes, I know Heavenly Father loves me.”
After all the lines have been introduced, have the children sing the whole verse. Point to the items as each part is sung. Then have the children begin to memorize the verse by erasing items on the board each time they sing the song.
Pay Tithing with a Grateful Heart – Game and Activity
Print one copy of the blessing cards found in the November 2008 Friend. Glue the cards onto heavier paper so that the images can’t be seen through the cards when playing the game. Cut out each card.
Print the purse, envelope and the page entitled “Our Blessings from Heavenly Father”. Cut out the purse and envelope. Cut out the front windows of each, and cut out the handle opening on the purse. Tape a piece of clear plastic (a piece of a Ziploc baggie or page protector) over the window on the inside of the purse and envelope. To form the envelope and purse, fold each on the lines and glue the two side tabs to the inside fold.
Items needed: ten dimes or pennies, Doctrine and Covenant scriptures, a pen or a marker
Place the cards facedown. Have the family take turns flipping over two cards trying to make a match. When someone makes a match, have them tell why they are thankful for that blessing. Have them write that blessing, and an additional blessing they are grateful for (not duplicating any previous ones), on the paper entitled “Our Blessings from Heavenly Father”. When the game is over, point out all the wonderful blessings Heavenly Father has given us.
Read D&C 104:14-15 According to this scripture, who created the earth and who does everything belong to? (The Lord) Everything we have is His, but He has created it and provided it for us to use.
The Lord asks (commands) that we give 10% of the income that He provides to help strengthen and build His church on the earth. This 10% is called tithing. This is a small amount compared to all the many things the Lord has given us.
(Hold out the ten dimes (or pennies) in your hand). Ask the family, “If we are to give 10%, which is one of every ten, how much would we owe the Lord if we had ten dimes.” Put one dime in the envelope that says “For the Lord”. Put the rest in the container that says “For Us”. Ten percent is a small amount compared to all he has given us (Indicate the blessing chart and the other 90% of the money). We should give 10% with gratitude in our hearts.
“Because I Have Been Given Much” – Hymn # 219 (First verse)
- Print the song pictures. Cut out the boy and girl figures, the word strips, the word bubble, and the gift boxes. Fold the box lids on the lines and glue or tape the lid down.
- Items needed: a display board, tape to post pictures on the display board, a CD player, and the music CD’s of the hymns. (This song is not on the church website because of copyright issues, but CD’s of the hymns can be found at meeting house libraries or church distribution centers.)
Post the main picture of the two girls on the display board. After discussing a line of the song, put up the word strip under the picture. Also add the pictures called for that go with that line.
Because I have been given much
Discussion – Ask the family what are some of the gifts and blessings we enjoy because we are members of the restored church of Jesus Christ?
Picture – As the family gives their answers, put a couple of the gift pictures next to the child with the scriptures.
I too must give.
Discussion – Because we have been given the knowledge of the gospel, we must share that gift with others so they too can enjoy the blessings of the gospel.
Picture -Take one of the gifts off and put it next to the other child.
Because of thy great bounty Lord
Discussion – Bounty means generosity.
Picture – Put two more gifts next to the child with the scriptures to represent bounty.
Each day I live.
Discussion – Because of these gospel gifts, we live in happiness. Point out how happy the girl on the right looks, and that she wants to share that happiness with her friend.
Picture – Point to the girl’s happy face.
I shall divide my gifts from thee
Picture – Put one of the gifts over by the child on the left.
With every brother that I see,
Discussion – Who are our brothers and sisters? (Everyone in the world, because we are all sons and daughters of Heavenly Father. )
Picture – Put the other children next to the child on the left.
Who has the need of help from me.
Discussion – Why would others have need of help from you to learn about the gospel? (In D&C 123:12 it says that they are kept from truth because they know not where to find it.)
Picture – Put up word bubble next to the children on the left.
Sing the Song.
Use the CD for accompaniment. Take off the pictures before singing the song, and add them as you sing.
After singing, remind the family what the first two lines of the song are, and then take those word strips off. Using the picture aids as reminders, sing the song again. Do this with each two lines of the song until the family can sing the song without word reminders.