***Note: Please read the post called “10 Lesson Helps” found under “Primary Lesson Listings” before reviewing any of my Sunbeam lesson plan ideas.
“If you teach little children, you know that it can be a challenge to teach them the gospel. But little children want and need to hear gospel truths. They will respond to your efforts to present warm, varied, and enthusiastic gospel lessons” Teaching, No Greater Call, p. 7.
Materials needed: Primary Visual Aids cutouts (sun, moon, stars, animals, plants and flowers), picture 1-33 of Adam and Eve; colorful chalk and eraser or whiteboard, colorful dry erase markers and eraser.
Put all the cut out pictures on the floor or table face down in front of the students.
What are some of the things that Jesus created for the earth? (get answers from each child).
Have each child come forward and turn over a picture and tell what it is. After naming it, have everyone say together, “Jesus created ____________” Everything on the earth was made for us to use and enjoy. Everything is a part of Heavenly Father’s plan.
Sing “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (Children’s Songbook, p. 228)
Whenever I hear the song of a bird (hand cupped to ear)
Or look at the blue, blue sky, (hand raised above eyes)
Whenever I feel the rain on my face (fingers tapping on face)
Or the wind as it rushes by (motion hands across in front of body)
Whenever I touch a velvet rose (finger touch)
Or walk by a lilac tree, (walk in place)
I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world (arms in a big circle)
Heavenly Father created for me. (hug self)
Repeat the song and then ask them to do all the actions while they sing it.
What is missing on the earth? We have the moon, sun, stars, animals, insects and trees and flowers. What else is an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan? Show picture 1-33. Explain that after all the other things were created, Adam and Eve were created to live on earth and take care of everything. They were the first man and woman. They had bodies like Heavenly Father’s body.
What was the first man’s name? What was the first woman’s name?
Feel your arm. What does it feel like? Did Adam and Eve have arms like ours?
Feel your face. What does it feel like? Did Adam and Eve have a face like ours?
Repeat with a few other body parts.
Sing “I Wiggle” Children’s Songbook, p. 271.
Repeat the song with other body parts.
Adam and Eve had children after they left the Garden of Eden. Having children and families was very important and I am very grateful they did so we could come to earth. You and I were born to a mom and dad so we could be happy and obedient to God’s commandments.
I am going to draw a picture and you tell me which of God’s creations it is. Repeat until they have had plenty of examples. When you draw a person, be sure to emphasize that Adam and Eve were the last and best of God’s creations. They were His children. We are all His children.
Sing “I Am a Child of God” (Children’s Songbook, p. 2).
Let children draw pictures of things on earth that they love.