***Note: Please read the post called “10 Lesson Helps” found under “Primary Lesson Listings” before reviewing any of my Sunbeam lesson plan ideas.
“Elder M. Russell Ballard said, ‘Clearly, those of us who have been entrusted with precious children have been given a sacred, noble stewardship, for we are the ones God has appointed to encircle today’s children with love and the fire of faith and an understanding of who they are.’ The Savior’s example sets a pattern for us as we teach, care for and influence children.” Teaching, No Greater Call, p. 108
Materials needed: Gospel Art Kit pictures (see below), glove or mitten, a twig with new buds or blossoms (if possible), blanket, a bag of microwavable popcorn.
Have children gather on a blanket on the floor sitting in a semi circle. Put 5 pictures on the floor in front of them (1-16 “The Nativity”; 1-17 “Boy Jesus Teaching at the Temple”; 1-59 The Crucifixion”; 1-73 “Burial of Jesus”; 1-74 “Jesus Shows His Wounds”). What is the name of the same person who is in every picture? Point to Christ in each picture and say, “Jesus.” Go back and describe the event in each picture. Name the other people in the picture and what Jesus is doing with them and their relationship to Him. Tell how this is a story of Jesus’ life, from His birth to death.
First, He was born. Then, He grew up and learned about the gospel and taught many people. Then, He was crucified and suffered for us because He loves us. After that, He died and many people were sad. But then, His spirit came back from heaven to be with His body. He was alive again. We call that “resurrected.” Can you say “resurrected” with me? He was the first person to be resurrected. Because He died and lived again, we will too. When we die, we will be resurrected too. We will never die again. That makes me very happy.
I’m going to mix up these pictures. Let’s see if you can put them in order. What happened first in Jesus’ life? (Call up children and have them put them in order). After you have done this a few times, ask, Which picture shows Jesus when He was resurrected? He has marks on his hands to remind us where He got hurt when He was crucified. I have a song I’d like to sing about that. (Stand and sing):
“Did Jesus Really Live Again” 3rd verse only
And there where nail prints in His hands (point to palms of hands)
And a spear wound in His side (point to side)
Did Jesus really live again (extend hands in front with elbows bent and palms up)
After He had died?
Oh yes, and so shall I (nod, and then point to self)
(Children’s Songbook, p. 64)
Repeat the song, inserting each child’s name at the end (“Oh yes, and so shall Gregory”).
Sit back down. Have you known anyone who has died? Explain that when people die, their spirit is still alive. Someday they will be resurrected, which means their body and spirit will come together again like Jesus’ did. While we are living, our spirit is inside our body, and it makes our body alive. It’s like my hand when I put it in a glove or mitten. (Demonstrate). When they come together, the glove can move around. But when I take the glove off, it is like when our body dies and our spirit leaves. The body (glove) can’t move anymore. When we are resurrected, our spirit comes back into our body (put hand back inside glove) and it comes alive. It will never die again. I am thankful to Jesus for resurrecting and giving that gift to all of us.
Pass the glove to each child and let them put it on and make it move.
Jesus died and resurrected in the Springtime. Spring reminds us of living again. The flowers push up from the ground and blossom on trees. Baby animals are born (show picture 1-23). The trees grow leaves. I have a twig that shows buds (or blossoms) that are starting to grow. Pass around the twig and talk about how it has new life on it to remind us that Jesus gives everything new life (or show picture 1-22). These blossoms look a little like popcorn. We sing a song about that:
Sing “Popcorn Popping” (Children’s Songbook, p. 242).
Take the children to the kitchen and pop a bag of microwaveable popcorn. Take it outside and eat it while you look for signs of Spring.