Primary 2 Lesson 45: We Celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (Easter)

It has been a crazy week! So I will just be posting a few quick resources and ideas:

Materials/Preparation:

Lesson:

  • First, I’ll lay out the Easter Eggs and ask the children if this is what Easter is all about? (No)
  • What is Easter all about? (Christ – show picture)
  • Then I’ll go between the Easter eggs and the printables to tell the Easter story, as shared in the LDS Primary 2 manual in Lesson 45.
  • If time remains, I’ll lay the pictures upside down on the ground. They can take turns picking up a character from the story and telling us their part in the story.

Have a Happy Easter and Conference next week!!

Primary 2 Lesson 10 I Can Speak with Heavenly Father in Prayer

Purpose: “To help the children understand that they can grow closer to Heavenly Father by praying reverently”.

Preparation:

  • Color and Cut the Prayer Sandwich on this link: http://www.sugardoodle.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111382
  • Print, color, and cut the following color page (or any – a color copy would save time too, but I don’t have a color printer). https://www.lds.org/friend/2012/09/coloring-page?lang=eng Cut into into 5 puzzle pieces and write the following on each of the pieces so each piece has something different. (You could skip this, I will be doing it as a way to keep my class involved and hands on, something to look forward to doing throughout the lesson). Hide all, but the first puzzle piece before the kids enter the classroom. I’ll have my class wait for just a moment before entering the classroom after sharing time so I can do it.
    1. We get ready before we pray
    2. We can feel close to Heavenly Father when we pray
    3. We speak reverently when we pray
    4. We pray to THANK Heavenly Father for our blessings
    5. We pray to ask for Heavenly Father’s Help
  • Word strips or chalk for chalkboard to write “thee” and “you”
  • Optional Extra: Color Page copy for each child. Page is attached at the bottom of the page on this link: https://www.lds.org/friend/2009/03/what-should-i-know-about-prayer?lang=eng

Materials:

  • Pretzels for the children to eat (Check on allergies first!)
  • Iphone to play song or sing it without.
  • Painters tape or another paint/wall safe tape or way to adhere the puzzle pieces around the room
  • LDS Primary pictures 2-15 and 2-16
  • Optional Extra: Crayons for class to color activity page with
  • Ipad or other device to play video: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2013-08-106-including-me?lang=eng

Lesson:

  • Mark incentive chart for sharing time behavior
  • Each child shares one thing about the week
  • Introduction
    • Display picture 2:14
    • Play “A Prayer Song” on LDS App on phone, ask children to listen carefully to the words
  • Opening Prayer:
  • We Get Ready Before We Pray:
    • Puzzle Piece #1: You should have kept this first puzzle piece. Read the back and hang in on the chalk board and lay on the floor, in the center of your class so everyone can see. This is where the puzzle will be assembled.
    • Ask: Why do we bow our heads when we pray (shows Heavenly Father love, honor, and respect).
    • Ask: Why do we fold our arms when we pray? (Moving our arms and wiggling may distract ourselves and others from the prayer).
      • Give each child pretzels to eat (check on allergies first!)
      • Tell them the history of the pretzel:
        • “Popular legend states that a long time ago, there was a kind Italian monk. He knew the importance of prayer. He created a very special treat for the children that memorized their prayers. The monk cut soft bread dough into long strips and then folded them into a special shape before baking them. The unique shape of the pretzel is like a child with folded arms. He called the treats “pretiolas” or “little rewards”. Just like the little children in the story, we are rewarded when we fold our arms and bow our heads to pray to our Father in Heaven. We are rewarded with love, peace, comfort, guidance, strength and forgiveness.”
      • The children may need a drink break when they are finished with their pretzel snack (we do bathroom/drink breaks as a class once during the hour class).
    • Ask: Why do we close our eyes when we pray? (we are less likely to be distracted by things around us if we close our eyes and really listen to the words of the prayer and of Heavenly Father).
    • Remind the kids that Heavenly Father always hears our prayers, even if we can’t fold our arms or close our eyes. But it does help us focus on our prayer and focus on communicating with Heavenly Father.
  • We Can Feel Close to Heavenly Father When We Pray
    • Have a child find Puzzle Piece #2 and add it to the puzzle.
    • Show Pictures 2-15 and 2-16 and explain that this is Brigham Young and Heber J. Grant
    • Read or tell in your own words the following story from the LDS Primary 2 Manual https://www.lds.org/manual/primary-2/lesson-10?lang=eng
      • “Many years ago, Brigham Young was the prophet and President of the Church. A boy about six years old named Heber J. Grant played with one of President Young’s little boys. Often Heber would be playing in President Young’s home when it was time to call the family together for prayer. Heber would kneel down with the family, fold his arms, bow his head, close his eyes, and listen as President Young prayed. Because of the way President Young talked with Heavenly Father, it seemed to Heber that Heavenly Father was right there in the room. Sometimes Heber even opened his eyes to see if Heavenly Father was there. Of course, he saw only President Young and his family. But still he was sure that Heavenly Father was with President Young, hearing him and giving him the help and guidance he was asking for.

        When Heber grew up, he became an Apostle and later President of the Church”

  • We Speak Reverently When We Pray
    • Have a child find Puzzle Piece #3 and add it to the puzzle.
    • Use the “prayer sandwich” printable (already prepared) to discuss the parts of prayer:
      • Piece of bread #1  – We say someone’s name to get their attention before we ask or say something. We do the same in prayer. We start with “Dear Heavenly Father”
      • Read 3 Nephi 18:19 Jesus told us how to end our prayers
      • Piece of bread #2 – We end our prayers in the words “in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen”.
      • Ask: Does anyone know why we say “amen” at the end of the prayer when someone else is saying it.  (It means we are agreeing with what the person saying the prayer has said. We have been praying WITH the person who is saying the prayer.)
      • Explain that how we speak shows reverence. We use special words.
      • Hang up the word strip or write on the whiteboard “You”.
      • Ask what word do we use instead? (Thee). Write or add the “Thee” word strip to the wall.
      • Have the kids practice by repeating after you “We thank thee, We ask thee”.
      • We use the word “thee” instead of you as a way of showing Heavenly Father that we respect and honor him.
  • We Pray to Thank Heavenly Father for our Blessings
    • Explain that we pray for two very important reasons. This is the first.
    • Have a child find Puzzle Piece #4 and add it to the puzzle.
    • Game: (From the LDS Primary 2 manual lesson 10)
      • Divide the class into two teams. Alternating between teams, have the children take turns naming something Heavenly Father has done for them. Each time they must name something that has not previously been mentioned. If a team cannot answer promptly, the turn goes to the other team. Play the game for a few minutes or until neither team can think of something not already mentioned. (Few ideas are: Heavenly Father gave us our lives, our families, the Earth, sent Jesus Christ to the Earth to help us).

    • Discuss
      • “When someone gives you a gift or is kind and loving to you, what should you say?

      • Who has given us more gifts than anyone else? (Heavenly Father.)

      • What is the first reason for praying? (To thank our Heavenly Father for the many blessings he gives us.)”

    • Remind the kids that we should thank Heavenly Father for all he gives and does us, just as we would a family member or friend.
  • We Pray to Ask for Heavenly Father’s Help
  • Optional Extra – Color Page: https://www.lds.org/friend/2009/03/what-should-i-know-about-prayer?lang=eng
  • Testify about prayer 
  • Invitation:
  • Closing Prayer:

 

Primary 2 Lesson 9: Jesus Christ Was A Child Like Me

Purpose: “To strengthen the children’s desire to be like Jesus Christ by increasing their knowledge of Jesus’ childhood.”

Preparation:

  • “Old” box – get a shoe box or small shipping box. Beat it up a little or rub a brown stamp pad on it to make it look like an old “Time Capsule” box.
    • Fill the time capsule with the following items:
      • Primary Picture 2-10
      • Primary Picture 2-12
      • scroll made from sticks and paper – write the words of scripture Luke 2:52 on it.
      • carpentry tool (preferably one that looks similar to those used in Biblical times)
      • Food that Jesus may have eaten – I plan to take figs because I have them and think they will be more unique than other foods for my class. Other ideas are fish, bread, honey, grapes, dates.

Materials:

Lesson:

  • Mark incentive chart for sharing time
  • Each child shares one thing about their week
  • *I intend to make this a everyone-involved style class discussion. I want each child to feel comfortable discussing and being a part of the group “exploring” about Christ’s childhood. To help set this environment, we will all sit on the floor, in a circle. We’ll take chairs down and get settled before the opening prayer. I’ll let children take turns taking items out of the “Time Capsule” box, but we’ll pass these items around so everyone gets a chance to see and handle them.
  • Opening Prayer: 
  • Introduction:
    • Pass around baby items.
    • Ask: Do you think Jesus used items like these? (Some he probably did, some are more modern)
    • Explain that today we will be learning about Jesus’ life when he was a child. He was once a child, just like each of you are now.
  • Time Capsule
    • Pull out the pretend “Time Capsule”
    • Explain what a time capsule is (a box of items from a particular time, buried to be found in the future). Tell the kids that this box is like a time capsule from when Christ was a child. Explain that we’ll take turns removing at item from our special time capsule and then passing it around for everyone to look at it. As items are passed around, we’ll use it to ask questions and make guesses about life was life for Jesus Christ, as a child.
    • We will pull out and discuss each of the following items (in any order the kids choose) from the Time Capsule. I’ve also listed potential questions to generate discussion, as needed
      • Picture 2-10 Bibical Family Life
        • Where do you think the family slept?
        • What do you think the big jars were used for? (holding water gathered from the well)
        • How does this house differ from our homes today?
        • How do you think they got light to see at night?
        • What did they use to cook food?
      • Carpenter’s Tool
        • What do you think this was used for? (carpentry work)
        • Why do you think Jesus would use this? (Because Joseph was a carpenter and he probably would have learned the skill from him and helped him do the work).
        • Extend: What else do you think Jesus learned in his home?
      • Figs (or other food of choice)
        • What is it? (Figs are a food that Jesus likely ate)
        • If its not Fast Sunday, let them each try one (check with parents for any allergies beforehand!)
        • What other foods do you think He may have eaten? (Bread, fish, lamb, honey, grapes, figs, dates, and milk)
        • How is this different from foods you eat?
      • Scroll 
        • What is this? What is it used for? (Explain that this is similar to a book that was used in Biblical times. Written on them were teachings of Prophets that lived before Christ’s birth).
        • Open it to read the scripture written on it. (Luke 2:52)
        • What does it mean when it says Jesus grew in widsom?
        • What does it mean when it says Jesus increased in favour with God? (Heavenly Father was please with Jesus because he always choose the right and did as God asked).
        • How can you/we grow in favour with God?
      • Picture 2-12 (Biblical school)
        • What do you think they are doing in this picture?
        • Who is in the picture?
          • Discuss that these young boys are learning at school. They went to school in a synagogue or church. The teacher is the head of the village synagogue called a rabbi.
          • Are there any girls? No, girls stayed at home and were taught by their mothers. Only boys went to the school.

 

Primary 2 Lesson 8: Heavenly Father Watches Over Me

Lesson content, material, and basic plan is taken from the LDS Primary 2 manual, Lesson 8. I have tweaked it into a simplified outline form and adjusted the activities and material to fit my teaching style and class needs.

Purpose:

  • “To strengthen each child’s faith that Heavenly Father will help and bless us in time of need.”

Preparation:

  • Get a TV/DVD player from the library
  • Optional Extra Activity: Provide a paper for each child with the words “Heavenly Father Watches over Me” written on the top.

Materials:

Lesson:

  • Mark our start reverence chart for primary/sharing time
  • Each child tells something about their week
  • Opening Prayer:
  • Introduction:
    • Ask: What is something nice someone has done for you (this week or ever)?
    • What has Heavenly Father done for you? (give us families, send Jesus Christ to Earth to be our Savior, answers our prayers)
  • Heavenly Father Protected Baby Jesus
    • Watch Bible Video of Christ’s birth, starting specifically at the point when the Wise Men come to find Jesus.
    • Read children’s book afterwards
    • Discuss/emphasis:
      • King Herod told the Wise Men that he wanted to worship baby Jesus, but really he wanted to harm him. Heavenly Father protected Jesus by telling the Wise Men not to go return to King Herod.
      • An Angel appeared to Joseph and told him to go to Egypt so King Herod would not be able to find Jesus. “King Herod wanted to kill Jesus because he was afraid he would grow up to take his place as king.” “Heavenly Father protected Jesus by warning Joseph to take Jesus and Mary to Egypt. Heavenly Father always watched over Jesus.”
  • Heavenly Father Watches Over Us
    • Play Music Video on Ipad: “I Am a Child of God” https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/child-of-god-1
    • Tell children: We are all children of our Heavenly Father. He loves and watches over us just as he watched over Jesus. “When we obey his commandments and ask for his help, Heavenly Father will help us.” Sometimes this help will come in ways we do not expect.
    • Ask: “How can you ask for Heavenly Father’s help?” (pray
    • Ask: How might Heavenly Father Help you when you are sick? When you are lonely? When you are frightened?
    • Ask the children if anyone can share a time that their prayers were answered.
    • Object Lesson from the LDS Primary 2 manual, Lesson 8:
      • “Place the chairs randomly throughout the room and tell the children that the chairs represent the problems we have in life. Blindfold one of the children and guide her or him through the room with verbal directions. Explain that although we can’t see Heavenly Father, following his commandments will help us through our lives. If the child bumps into a chair, explain that we all bump into problems and can ask Heavenly Father for comfort and help to deal with our problems. Give each child who wants to participate a turn to be blindfolded and guided through the room.”
  • David O. McKay story:
    • Show picture of David O. Mckay and his family. Point him out in the picture, he is sitting on his Father’s lap. https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/child-david-o-mckay-family-290618?category=church-history/utah&&lang=eng
    • Tell the following story from his childhood, from the LDS Primary 2 manual, lesson 8: https://www.lds.org/manual/primary-2/lesson-8?lang=eng
    • “One night while his father was gone, David … heard noises around the house and felt sure there were burglars. He knew his mother would be frightened too if she heard [the noises], and he hoped that she would not. As he lay there wide awake, … he decided to do what his parents had taught him to do—pray. He had always said his prayers kneeling at his bedside, so he felt that now too he must get out of bed and kneel down to pray. Climbing out of bed was a terrible test; it took all his strength and willpower because he was so frightened. But he did it!

      “As he knelt down by the side of the bed, he prayed earnestly and with real faith. Then, just as clearly as one person speaks aloud to another, he heard a voice say to him, ‘Don’t be afraid. Nothing will hurt you.’ David then climbed back into bed and fell fast asleep”

  • My Personal Experience/Feelings: Tell the children that one of my favorite songs is “A Child’s Prayer”, especially the words “Heavenly Father, are you really there? Do you hear and answer every child’s prayer” because I can feel when I sing those words that he really is there. He has answered my prayers and helped me so many times in my life. (Maybe tell a personal experience, if it feels appropriate, such as when I prayed and was protected in a car accident while driving away from college).
  • Testify: That I know Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. He is there is protect us. That doesn’t mean we won’t have hard days or that bad or difficult things won’t happen. They probably will, that is one of the ways we learn. But we don’t have to face hard times alone if we’ll turn to our Heavenly Father.
  • Optional Extra Activity: Give each child a paper with the words “Heavenly Father Watches Over Me” written on top. Below, have them draw a picture of themselves (face or whole body… tweak that to your children’s abilities and your time available).
  • Invitation: To pray to our Heavenly Father every day and to seek His help when they are in need.
  • Closing Prayer:
  • Mark our star reverence chart for class