Jesus: Activities & Games

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Friend January 2018 “Colors of Kindness” Crossword puzzle of ways Jesus showed kindness to others.

Jesus Heals

Names of Jesus

Miracles

Good Shepherd

Friend June 2018 “Apostles Testify of Jesus”  “Shepherds lead their sheep to food, water, and shelter and protect their sheep from harm. Jesus taught that He is the Good Shepherd. When we choose to follow Him, He can lead us to safety and peace. Lead the sheep safely home through the maze!”

After Resurrection

Jesus’s Life

Friend March 2018 “Let’s Learn About Jesus” Point to the picture that goes with each sentence.


Friendship: Activities & Games

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Friendshipping Others

Friend September 2017 “Find It” Everyone should have someone to play with at recess! Samantha and Jia want to help. Can you help them find those kids who might need a friend?

 

We Need Each Other

Friend August 2017 “Row Together” Match each person with another person who has what they need. This activity shows some ways we need each other, such as you can’t play a team sport without other people, or we need each other’s talents to accomplish certain things. (Link also includes a story)

Friend February 1984 - Link includes instructions

Friend February 1984 – Link includes instructions

 

 

 

 

 

Being a Friend

Friend June 2018 “Family Night Fun” Add to the chain each time you do something towards being a good friend such as being kind, including others, etc.

Each Friend is Unique

Friend September 2018 “Food & Fun: Getting to Know You”  Play this game to learn more about what makes your friends unique! Write questions and wrap them into a ball.

Friends Around the World

Friend April 2017 “Everybody Needs a Friend” Match the way to say hello with the country’s flag. Also, find something in common like soccer. (Link includes a soccer maze.)


Old Testament

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Premortal Life

Lesson 1: Heavenly Father’s Plan for Us,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 1–5 To help the children understand that they are spirit children of Heavenly Father and that he has a plan that will help them become like him and return to live with him again.

Lesson 2: Jesus Christ Was Chosen to Be Our Savior,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 6–8 Purpose:
To help the children understand the importance of using their agency to choose and act for themselves.

Creation

(See this link for Creation items.)

Adam and Eve

Story

Friend February 2018 “Adam and Eve”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson Ideas

Lesson 4: The Fall of Adam and Eve,” Primary 6: Old Testament(1996), 13–1 To help the children understand the fall of Adam and Eve and to have a desire to return to the presence of Heavenly Father.

Lesson 5: Adam and Eve and Their Family Offered Sacrifices,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 18–22 To help the children want to always remember Jesus Christ.

Lesson 6: Adam and Eve Lived the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 23–26 To help the children understand that the gospel of Jesus Christ is eternal and is based on truths that will help us gain exaltation.

Friend February 2018 ”Adam and Eve Taught their Family” Link also includes info about Adam and Eve and how we can be like them.

Enoch

Lesson 7: Enoch and a Zion People,” Primary 6: Old Testament(1996), 27–30

Noah

Lesson 8: Noah and the Flood,” Primary 6: Old Testament(1996), 31–33 Purpose: To strengthen each child’s desire to listen to and follow the counsel of the living prophet.

Friend March 2018 “Noah”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These cutouts are from old Primary manuals.

 

 

 

Friend October 2002

Friend October 2002

Friend October 2002

Friend October 2002

Larger PDF version of the October 2002 Friend activity and story visual aid “Noah’s Ark”

Friend September 2018 Dot to dot.

Games & Activities

2017 Outline for Sharing Time  Identify the doctrine (playing a matching game): Draw a simple ark on the chalkboard. Prepare several sets of two identical animal pictures. Give one picture to each child. Ask the children to stand and make the sound that the animal in their picture makes and to listen for someone else who is making a similar sound. When the children with matching pictures find each other, have them stand together until all the animals have been paired. Ask the children to come as pairs and put their animals on the ark drawing. Ask the children, “Which prophet did the Lord ask to gather the animals into the ark?” Point out that it was probably a difficult task to gather so many animals into the ark, but Noah chose to obey the Lord’s command.

 

Coloring Pages

Friend

Abraham

Story

Abraham – Friend July 1987

Lesson Ideas

Lesson 9: Jehovah Makes Covenants with Abraham,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 35–38 To help the children understand that as God’s covenant people we each have the responsibility to live the gospel and share it with others.
Lesson 10: Abraham and Lot,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 39–4 To strengthen each child’s desire to show love to others.
Lesson 11: Abraham and Isaac,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 43–4 Purpose:
To help the children understand that we should trust Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ completely.

Friend March 2018 “Abraham and Sarah made Covenants” Link includes story and goal card ideas to learn more about how to be like Abraham and Sarah.

 

 

 

 

 

Isaac and Rebekah

Lesson 12: Isaac and Rebekah,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 47–51 Purpose:To teach the children that the same eternal blessings promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob can be theirs if they make and honor temple marriage covenants.

Finding a Bride for Isaac
Rebekah was Kind

Jacob

Lesson 13: Jacob and Esau,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 52–55 Purpose: To help the children recognize how our values influence our choices.
“Lesson 14: Jacob and His Family,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 56–61 Purpose: To help the children have a desire to be honest and have integrity

Friend May 2018 “Jacob’s Sons: Funstuff” The prophet Jacob had 12 sons. Can you find the two sons dressed exactly the same?

 

Joseph

Lesson 15: Joseph Was Sold into Egypt,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 62–66 Purpose: To teach the children that even though we may not always be able to control the things that happen to us, we can control our attitudes.
Lesson 16: Joseph in Egypt,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 67–70 Purpose: To encourage the children to keep themselves pure by staying away from temptation and living close to the Lord.
Lesson 17: Joseph Forgives His Brothers,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 71–74 Purpose: To help each child have the desire to forgive others.
Friend May 2018 “Joseph Forgives His Brothers”

Friend May 2018 “Joseph Forgave” Story, video, and goal card.

 

 

 

 

 

Friend April 2018 “Joseph Trusted God”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moses

Lesson 18: The Birth and Calling of Moses,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 75–80 Purpose:
To help the children understand that they are beginning to prepare for their own earthly missions.
Lesson 19: Moses Delivers the Israelites from Bondage,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 81–84 Purpose: To teach the children that the priesthood is the power of God.

Friend June 2018 “Moses Follows God”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend June 2018 “Moses Obeyed God” Story, video, and goal card.

 

 

 

Israelites in Wilderness

Lesson 20: The Israelites Receive Food from Heaven,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 85–89
Purpose: To help each child observe the Sabbath as a day of worship and joy.

Lesson 21: The Ten Commandments,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 90–94
To teach the children that keeping the Ten Commandments helps us be happy.
Lesson 22: Israel and the Brass Serpent,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 95–100
To encourage the children to be humble and have faith in Jesus Christ.

Joshua

Lesson 23: Joshua Leads Israel,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 101–5
To help the children choose to serve the Lord

Gideon

Lesson 24: Gideon,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 106–9
To teach the children the value of trusting in the Lord.

Samson

Lesson 25: Samson,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 110–13
To teach the children that by keeping our covenants, we will develop spiritual strength.

 

Hannah’s Prayer – Friend November 1986

Samuel – Friend March 1987

Joshua, Devout General – Friend January 1987

Naman the Syrian – Friend February 1987

Job – Friend June 1987

Ruth and Naomi

Lesson 26: Ruth and Naomi,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 114–16
To help the children have the desire to follow the example of righteous people and to be good examples themselves.

Friend July 2018 “Ruth was a Loyal Friend” Link includes story and goal card ideas to learn how to be a good friend like Ruth.


Samuel

Lesson 27: Samuel, the Boy Prophet,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 117–19
To encourage the children to listen for the promptings of the Holy Ghost.

Friend July 2018 “Hannah and Samuel” Story

David

Lesson 28: David and Goliath,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 120–24
To encourage each child to seek Heavenly Father’s help in overcoming obstacles.
Friend August 2018 “David Trusted God” Story and goal card. (Young David trusted God and did hard things, and I can too!)

 

 

 

 

David & Goliath

David & Goliath

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend August 2018 “David and Goliath”

 

Lesson 29: David and Jonathan,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 125–30
To help the children understand how to be a true friend.
Lesson 30: King David and Bathsheba,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 131–34
To help the children keep their thoughts and actions pure.

 

Daniel

Friend October 2018 “The T-E-S-T”  One day, when Sharon’s father was reading to her the Bible story about Daniel in the lion’s den, he traced the word “test” on her forehead. He told her she would have tests like Daniel, but she should follow Heavenly Father’s commandments and not give into fear. (Also includes a lion activity of ways Heavenly Father helps us with challenges. )

Friend Jan 1983

Elijah

Friend September 2018 “Elijah and the Widow”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend September 2018 “Elijah was a Prophet” Story and goal card.

 

Esther

Friend October 2018 “Esther Was Courageous” Story and goal card.

Review


Book of Mormon: Activities & Games

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Reading Charts

The Book of Mormon Teaches about Jesus Christ

Lehi Leaves Jerusalem

Game

Game

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Building a Ship

Review of  Nephi Stories

Game Questions to review the stories “Lehi Leaves Jerusalem” through “Crossing the Sea”

Friend November 2000

Friend November 2000

Friend January 1996

Friend January 1996

Jacob

Enos

Omni

King Benjamin

Alma the Younger

Ammon

Samuel the Lamanite

 

 

 

 

Title of Liberty

Helaman and the Stripling Warriors

 

Third Nephi

Jesus Visits the Nephites

Jesus Teaches the Beatitudes

Nephites Live in Happiness

Brother of Jared & Jaredites

Mormon

Mormon Abridges the Plates

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Moroni

 

 

Book of Mormon Fathers and Sons

Book of Mormon Heroes

Book of Mormon Review

Friend July 1988

Friend July 1988

“Book of Mormon Quiz” Friend November 1981

Missionary: Activities & Games

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Preparing for a Mission

Friend July 1986 Game: Children practice teaching and giving talks.

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Sharing the Gospel Now

Friend Jan 1981

Friend Jan 1981

 

Going on a Mission


Church History: Activities & Games

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See Supplemental Resources for Valiant Lessons at LDS.org. This link has lots of great resources to use in lessons including  visual aids, activities, videos, and games.

Reading Charts

Reformation & Restoration

Friend April 2018 “The Restoration and Me” Match the restoration event with the blessing we enjoy because of that event.

Friend April 1988

Friend April 1988 Restored Blessings

 

 

 

 

Friend November 2015

Friend November 2015 “Find the Gold Plates” – Activity idea: Ask questions about the restoration at every path crossroads. Correct answer could direct players to right path.

First Vision

Aaronic Priesthood

The Three Witnesses

Book of Mormon Printing

 

 

Nauvoo

Friend Aug/Sept 1984

Friend Aug/Sept 1984 “Peaceful Nauvoo”

Friend Aug/Sept 1984

Friend Aug/Sept 1984

Friend Aug/Sept 1984

Friend Aug/Sept 1984

 

Friend Aug/Sept 1984

Friend Aug/Sept 1984

Friend October 1984

Friend October 1984

 

Pioneers or Crossing the Plains

Friend July 1985

Salt Lake Valley

Friend July 2018 “Pioneer Messages” To help immigrants learn to speak and write English, Brigham Young and others created a new alphabet! Figure out the message using the Deseret Alphabet.

Review Activities

By Janet Peterson

Match the important places in church history with the appropriate descriptions.

 

1. Palmyra, New York a. Joseph Smith’s birthplace
2. Cumorah, New York b. Means “beautiful place”
3. Kirtland, Ohio c. Permanent camp along Mormon Trail
4. Fayette, New York d. First temple built by Saints
5. Sharon, Vermont e. Hill in which gold plates were hidden
6. Nauvoo, Illinois f. Church organized in Peter Whitmer’s home April 6, 1830
7. Winter Quarters, Nebraska g. Town’s name means “honeybee”
8. Great Salt Lake Valley, Utah h. Location of Independence, the center of the new Zion
9. Jackson County, Missouri i. Destination of pioneers crossing the plains
10. Carthage, Illinois j. Joseph Smith received the First Vision
11. Deseret, Utah k. Joseph and Hyrum Smith martyred in jail

Answers:

(1) j, (2) e, (3) d, (4) f, (5) a (6) b, (7) c, (8) i, (9) h, (10) k, (11) g.

Primary History

Friend August 1983

Friend August 1983 – Primary

Friend August 1983

Friend August 1983

Review


Book of Mormon: Music & Songs

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Friend January 1988 “The Book of Mormon Teaches Me”

Jesus Visits the Nephites

Friend September 2016 “Had I Been a Child” Video and Music. What it might have been like to have been a child when Jesus appeared to the Nephites and blessed the children.

Samuel the Lamanite

Friend December 2016 “Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus”  video

Music Game

Friend October 1988 “Sharing Time: Fun with Favorites” print several copies of the Liahono and put a song title and a question about the song on the back. Children can move across the board as they guess the correct song.


Creation: Activities, Stories, & Songs

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Creation Lessons

Lesson 3: The Creation,” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 9–12 Purpose: To increase each child’s appreciation for the earth that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ created for us.

Creation Lesson for Little Ones – Teaching the creation story using flannel figures.

Lesson Ideas

LDS.org Creation Topics. Includes pictures, videos, articles, lessons, songs, etc.

lds.org children’s resources about the creation.

Friend June 2003 “Sharing Time.” Discuss how Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ created the earth and all forms of life. Assign each class a scripture about something the Lord created: Gen. 1:11 (grass, herb, tree), Gen. 1:16 (sun, moon, stars), Gen. 1:21 (everything that lives in water and in air), Gen. 1:25 (animals on the earth, everything that creeps on the earth), Gen. 1:26–27 (man, male and female), Amos 4:13 (mountains, wind), John 1:3 (all things), Mosiah 2:23 (you). Have the children locate the scriptures, then take turns reading them aloud while you list the creations on the chalkboard. (Could do a game were the children name as many things as they can think of under each category, like different animals and insects.)

Weather permitting, and if safety is not an issue, have the children take a walk around the church to look for other creations. Or sing “All Things Bright and Beautiful” (p. 231) or “The World Is So Big” (p. 235).

Give each child paper and a pencil to draw something that the Lord created. Show and discuss the pictures by collecting them from the children and using a pretend fishing pond. Have the children take turns “fishing” out each other’s pictures. As a picture is drawn out, invite the child to tell something that he or she could do to treat that creation with respect. Invite the children to share their drawings with family members and discuss ways they can show respect for all of God’s creations.

Friend November 1996 “For Little Friends: Window Picture” (Print the picture of the earth and the picture of Jesus back to back.) Show the picture of the earth and ask who created it. Have the children hold it up to a light or window to check their answer or find the answer. Explain that the earth was created by Jesus under the direction of Heavenly Father. Question: Why did Heavenly Father want the earth created? (See Abraham 3:24-26 – For us to gain a body and be tried and tested to see if we would learn to exercise control over our bodies and keep the commandments.)

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Teaching the Scripture Readers

Teaching the Scripture Readers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend January 2018 “Old Testament Card: Jehovah Helped Create the Earth“

Clipart

Cutouts

Christ Creating the Earth image found in Friend Feb 1999 back cover

 

 

 

 

 

Friend November 1998

Friend May 1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creation Story and Poems

Friend January 2018 “The Creation”

Friend September 1999 “The World Jesus Made” Poem about appreciating the wonderful things in the world.

Friend February 1999

Activity & Game Ideas

Friend February 2018 “Funstuff: The Earth was Created for You” Find the words of each day of the creation in the word search.

 

 

 

 

Creation Game: Place the correct picture and label on the chart according to which “day” it took place in the creation.

 

 

 

Pictionary Game: Divide the chalkboard into seven sections and number them 1 through 7. Have the children draw cards labeled with the day number and the creation event that happened on that day. Going in order, have the child with number one draw their item and have the other children guess what it is. Read the scripture to the children after the children guess what it is.

Friend August 1999 “Days of Creation” Trying to pull creation cards from a bag in the right order.

Friend August 1999 1of3

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Nature Walk

Go for a nature walk. Wrap a section of duct tape, inside out, around your child’s wrist. Let her collect little treasures along your walk and stick them to her nature bracelet. At home, you can cut off the bracelet and discuss them further.

Friend July 2016 “A Beautiful World” Go for a walk and fill this booklet with the things you see, touch, smell, and hear.

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Friend September 2017 “Snacks and Crafts” Pick some flowers and make a stain glass window display.

 

 

 

Friend May 1986 “Bobby’s Creations” This story has a Family Home Evening idea a child could do.

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Gratitude for Creation

Friend February 2018 “Day and Night” Reese is is grateful for day and night.

Friend March 2017 “Raining!” Rain makes the earth clean and beautiful. Water helps us in many ways.

Friend August 2017 “My Favorite Tree” Action Rhyme about a favorite tree. (Could be used in Sunbeams Lesson 10: I Am Thankful for Trees, Plants, and Flowers)

Taking Care of the Earth

Friend February 2018 “Caring for the Earth”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ensign March 2004 Read the section “Attendant Responsibilities.” Discuss ways we can care for our beautiful home on earth. Plan an activity, such as cleaning up a nearby park, that helps preserve the earth’s beauty.
3. Have family members take turns describing something in nature while the others try to guess what it is. Example: It falls from the sky and makes plants grow. Answer: Rain. Read and discuss Doctrine and Covenants 59:20–21 [D&C 59:20–21]. How can we show our appreciation for the beauty of nature?

Creation Songs: Teaching Ideas

Ideas: Have children each hold one of the song pictures (in random order). Have the children guess what song it is based on the pictures. Ask: Looking at these pictures, why do you think this song is called “My Heavenly Father Loves Me”?  Play a recording of the song. Afterwards, have the other children place the children holding the pictures in the correct order. Play the recording again and see if they got it right.

Friend April 2018 “With Priesthood Power”  First verse is about the creation.   Sing-Along Video


Sabbath Day: Activities & Games

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The Sabbath is a Holy Day

Friend October 2017 The Sabbath is a holy day coloring page.

Getting Ready for Sunday

Things to do on the Sabbath

Friend August 2017 “Sabbath Day Activities” There are lots of things you can do on the Sabbath. Name five ideas of things to do from looking at these pictures.

 

 

 

 

Friend November 2016 “Happy Sabbath: Ready, Set, Share-ades” Write down words of things that you learned at church. Put them in a jar. Family members act out the word and guess what it is, then you explain what you learned.

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Friend Aug/Sept 1985 – “Family Conference” – A family Sunday activity of classes that each family member prepares.

Friend January 1985

Friend January 1985

Friend January 1985

Friend January 1985

Friend July 2015

Friend July 2015

Friend June 2016 write letters

Friend June 2016 write letters

 

Attending Church on Vacation


Service: Activities & Games

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Service Games &Activities – LDS.org

Friend June 2018 “Food and Fun: Day Brighteners” Make these fun bottle cap magnets and give them to people who need their day brightened.

 

 

 

 

Friend July 2017 “Prayers and Butterflies: Helping Others” Look for people who are helping others feel better in the hospital. How can you help someone feel better when they are sick or sad?

 

 

 

 

Friend June 2017 “Family Night Fun” Make a candy poster for someone

 

Friend April 2015

Friend April 2015

Friend March 1982

Friend March 1982

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friend August 2017  Secret Service: Write a nice note for a friend or family member and leave it where they’ll see it.

Friend May 2017 “Miles of Smiles” A smile can help someone who may be having a bad day. Complete the smile by drawing the rest of the face.

 

 

 

 

Friend Jan 2015 “You Are the Savior’s Hands” – Story and activity idea. A family could make a goal to do a specific amount of helping hands in a certain amount of time, maybe for a special event.

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Friend Dec 2014 – Activity with scriptures about service on links

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Friend Feb 2015

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Service Projects

Friend September 2018 “Find It!” Find the hidden school supplies for refugees.

Friend June 2016 President Monson wrote letters to military members of his ward. We can write to someone too.

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Friend March 2016 How to make easy fleece blankets and also a sunshine cookie card.

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