“Sharing Time: I Live in a Beautiful World,” Friend, Apr. 1989, 14
I have two ears, which let me hear.
I have a nose, to smell.
I have a tongue to taste the food
I like to eat so well.
I have some skin—it covers me
And lets me feel and touch.
I have two eyes, which let me see
The world I love so much.
Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ created our beautiful world for us. The prophet Nephi wrote: “The Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited; and he hath created his children that they should possess it” (1 Ne. 17:36). We enjoy our world through our five senses. We can enjoy a pretty flower by seeing it, smelling it, and touching it. We can hear the pleasant songs of birds and the thunder in a storm. We can taste vegetables and other good foods that grow in the earth.
Look at the pictures of things that Heavenly Father and Jesus made for us to enjoy in our beautiful world, then circle the name of each sense that you would use to enjoy each one. When you have finished, count the number of times that you circled each sense, then color the pictures.
Use pictures to teach song “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (Sing with Me, B-59).
Invite five children to be “experts,” one for each sense. Mask other senses by blindfolding, pinching nose, or placing cotton in ears. Ask each child to identify objects by using only sense assigned to him/her.
Divide children into five groups, and assign one of five senses to each group. See how many of Heavenly Father’s creations each group can list or draw for the sense assigned to it. Have groups compare lists and cross out duplications to see how many are unique to each list. Point out that we often use more than one sense at a time.
Have younger children use poem as finger play by pointing to each part of body when mentioned. Children could draw eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and fingers on paper plate.
See Activity Songs and Verses for several songs and finger plays about our beautiful earth and our senses. See also “The Creation” (Friend, May 1988, pages 24–25) and “Sharing Time” (Friend, November 1988, pages 44–45).