5 Senses

Lesson #22 "I Can Do Many Things"

***Note: Please read the post called “10 Lesson Helps” found under “Primary Lesson Listings” before reviewing any of my Sunbeam lesson plan ideas.

“A calling is a sacred opportunity to serve. It carries with it an accountability to the Lord. It should influence the way you life, governing your decisions and motivating you to be a faithful and wise servant” (Teaching, No Greater Call, p. 20).

Materials needed: baby items (i.e. bottle, pacifier, baby food jar, bib, rattle or toy, etc.), something crunchy to eat like carrot sticks, a blanket, magnetic fishing pole and fish with paperclips to “catch” with actions written on the fish (i.e. jump 5 times, hop on one foot, sign the ABC song, say your full name, etc.).

Have the children gather on a blanket on the floor. Put out baby items one at a time and ask them what each is called and its use. At the end, ask if they ever used these things. Why don’t they use them now? When we were babies, we couldn’t do very much. Can a baby (walk, talk, feed itself, dress itself, ride a bike, sing song, jump up and down?) No, but you can.

You are so smart now that you are 3 (and 4) years old! Play the game of having the children close their eyes and you hide one of the items behind your back. When they open their eyes, they have to guess which baby thing is missing. Repeat.

Who has a little baby brother or sister? Are you big and help you mom when a baby is crying? We are so much bigger now and can all do many special things. What can you do now? One thing you can do is eat your own food. When you were a baby, your mom or dad had to feed you and you got very messy so you had to wear a bib. Now you have grown teeth in your mouth and can chew. Who wants to show us how they can chew and eat these carrots without making a mess?

If you have a nursery room nearby, this would be a good time to take a walk to visit the younger children. Remind your Sunbeams that they used to be in nursery but now they are big and can do more things.

I know how smart you are now that you are growing up. We have learned in Sunbeams that we have a Father in Heaven. What is another name for Heavenly Father? (God) He made our bodies and is the father of our spirits. Who can remember the song “I Am a Child of God”? Let’s sing it together. (Children’s Songbook, p. 2)

Our bodies can do many things. Point to the part of your body that we have talked about in Sunbeams: We have learned that our fingers can touch and feel, our tongues can taste, our eyes can see, our noses can smell and our ears can hear. I’m going to touch a body part and you tell me what is does.

We can do more things and harder things as we grow up and get bigger.

Sing the song in the Children’s Songbook p. 249 entitled “Once there was a Snowman” but change the words to:

Once I was a baby…small, small, small. (crouch down on the floor)

Now I’m growing bigger…tall, tall, tall (gradually stand up straight).

Repeat.

What are you learning how to do now? Ride on a scooter? Ride a tricycle? Zip your coat? Button your shirt. In a few years, you’re going to learn how to ride a two-wheeler and tie your shoes and write your name. Do you think it will be hard? What are you learning to do now that is hard? Are you going to keep trying and working hard? Share something from your life that was a new skill that you had to be persistent in learning. Talk about your sense of accomplishment.

Sing “Do As I’m Doing” (Children’s Songbook, p. 276). Let’s pretend to do a few of these new things and sing a song.

Go “fishing.” Do the action the fish tells.

Bear Testimony. Heavenly Father sent us to earth to grow up, learn to do many important things and obey His commandments so we can be happy.

If time, play the hiding game. Have all the children find a spot to curl up in a ball on the floor with their face down, eyes shut. Cover up one of the children with your blanket. When you say “1,2,3” all the children sit up and look around (except the one who is covered. The children have to figure out which child is hiding. Repeat.

Sunbeam Lesson #18 "I Am Thankful for My Ears"

***Note: Please read the post called “10 Lesson Helps” found under “Primary Lesson Listings” before reviewing any of my Sunbeam lesson plan ideas.

“Provide opportunities to play with others. Use activities that encourage sharing, taking turns, and cooperating. Develop a close relationship with the child, and frequently give the child opportunities to talk about his or her family…Teach the gospel in simple, concrete ways. Teach that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and are kind and loving. Share simple expressions of testimony. Help the child recognize the beauty of God’s creations.” Teaching, No Greater Call, p. 111.

Materials needed: Gospel Art Kit pictures “The First Vision” 1-4, “Child with a Hearing Aid” 1-41, and 1-23 (Birds), 1-25 (Fish), 1-14 (Daniel in Lion’s Den), 1-26 (Frog), The Primary 1 Nursery Musical Activities CD, sound items in a sack (i.e. bell, whistle, rattle, wind-up toy, etc.), microwaveable popcorn.

After the opening prayer, whisper directions to children such as stand up and turn around, fold their arms, smile, frown, sit back down. In your normal voice, ask them if they could hear you even though you were talking very softly. Why? What part of their bodies helped them hear your voice?

Our ears are a very important part of our bodies. Heavenly Father made them so we could hear. We have two, one on each side of our head.

Sing “Thanks to Our Father” Children’s Songbook, p. 20. Do the actions on 2nd verse:

Thanks to our Father we will bring,

For he gives us everything.

Eyes and ears and hands and feet,

Clothes to wear and food to eat.

Repeat song a few times. When they know it well enough, instead of singing certain words (“eyes” or “ears”) just point to them and see if they children can fill in the words.

What are some things we can hear? (get answers)

I’m going to choose a few Sunbeam children to come up and look at a picture of an animal. Only that child can see it. They will make the sound of the animal. The rest can guess and if you are right, I’ll show you the picture and we can all act out that animal. (Use pictures of frog, fish, lions and birds. Repeat if you have more children or add more animal sounds).

Some children have ears that don’t work very well. Do you know someone who is deaf or wears a hearing aid in their ears? Show picture “Child with a Hearing Aid” 1-41. Sometimes we know older people, like our grandma or grandpa who need to wear hearing aids because their ears are getting old and not working very well. When someone if deaf, they can use sign language since they can’t hear what we are saying.

I’m going to use my hands to tell you some things and see if you can understand without even hearing my voice.

Put your finger over your lips for the “whisper” sign

Raise your hands up and stand to motion for everyone to stand up

Make a “turning” motion with your raised index finger and turn in a circle

Clap your hands

Draw your index fingers upward on the corners of your mouth to make a “smile”, then do the same thing for a frown

Fold your arms

Motion to sit back down

How did you do in following my hand signals? Did you understand what to do even though you couldn’t hear? We can use our hands to talk to people who can’t hear very well. We can be their friends.

I have a sack with things inside that make different sounds. I’m going to reach in the sack and make a sound that you can’t see, but can hear. If you guess it right, I’ll take it out and you can see what it looks like.

In church, there are many things we need to listen to. We listen to the music, we listen to the teachers, we listen to the Holy Ghost who gives us a quiet, happy feeling inside.

Show picture 1-4. Joseph Smith listened to Heavenly Father and Jesus in the sacred grove. Heavenly Father said, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” Can you say that with me? (repeat a few times). That mean that Heavenly Father wanted Joseph to listen carefully. We should listen and follow what Jesus says in the scriptures and to our prophet and our parents when they tell us to do what is right.

Play the selection from Primary 1 Nursery Musical Activities CD “Musical Awareness” (4:24 track 2) and follow the listening activities.

Take the children to the kitchen and tell them they are going to use all their senses, including hearing. As you put the microwaveable popcorn in, identify each of the 5 senses. Take the popped popcorn outside to eat. While they eat it, have them lay down on the grass and listen to the crunch of the popcorn in their mouths. Then have them identify any other sounds they hear while they are laying down listening.

Back inside the classroom, let the children play with the sound items if you have extra time.

Bear your testimony of our special bodies and all we can do. Our ears help us hear so many beautiful things. Mention some of the things they heard today. We should listen always to our prophet, the scriptures and the Holy Ghost. We don’t hear his voice in our ears, but in a quiet, happy feeling.