“Lesson 16: I Have a Body,” Primary 1 (2000), 48–51
“Lesson 16,” Primary 1, 48–51
To help each child appreciate and respect his or her physical body.
Prayerfully study Daniel 1 and Doctrine and Covenants 89. See also Gospel Principles (31110), chapter 29.
A Bible and a copy of the Doctrine and Covenants.
Picture 1-5, Family with a Baby (62307); picture 1-37, Daniel Refusing the King’s Meat and Wine (Gospel Art Picture Kit 114; 62094); picture 1-38, Children Playing with a Ball.
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Note to the teacher: Be sensitive to the feelings of any children in your class who have physical disabilities. Focus on the things their bodies can do, not on their disabilities.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Review with the children that when we lived in heaven with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, we did not have physical bodies. We were spirits. We needed to come to earth to get physical bodies. Heavenly Father planned for us to be born on earth and have earthly parents to take care of us.
Display picture 1-5, Family with a Baby.
Who are the people in this picture?
Who planned for us to come to earth to get bodies and have families?
Explain that because our bodies are so important, Heavenly Father and Jesus have given us rules to help us take care of our bodies and keep them strong and healthy. These rules are called the Word of Wisdom. Show a copy of the Doctrine and Covenants (or show where the Doctrine and Covenants begins in the triple combination). Explain that the Word of Wisdom is written in this book of scripture.
Discuss the kinds of foods that the Word of Wisdom tells us will help keep our bodies healthy, such as fruits, vegetables, and grains. Then discuss the things that Heavenly Father and Jesus told us not to use, such as tobacco, alcohol, and coffee. Help the children understand that when we obey the Word of Wisdom and eat the right foods, Heavenly Father and Jesus are pleased with us and will bless us.
Explain that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to protect our bodies from harm and injuries. Ask the children about dangers they might encounter, using the following questions or making up your own:
What could happen if you play with matches?
What could happen if you play in the street or around cars?
What could happen if you aren’t careful with sharp things such as knives and scissors?
Why do we wear seat belts when we ride in a car?
Explain that we need to protect our bodies. We should not do things that are dangerous to our bodies and might hurt them. Explain that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to feel safe and happy. They want us to take care of our bodies so we will be healthy.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Sing “Do As I’m Doing” (Children’s Songbook, p. 276) or “Hinges” (Children’s Songbook, p. 277), doing actions as suggested by the words. Tell the children how grateful you are for a body that can do so many things.
Bring pictures of various items of food and drink. Have the children decide if each item is good or bad for their bodies. Explain that some things are good, but not if we have too much. For example, candy tastes good, but too much will make us sick. Display the pictures of the good items for the children to look at.
In a bag or box, bring some items that help us take care of our bodies. Include an item that helps keep us clean, such as soap, a washcloth or small towel, or a toothbrush. Include an item of good food, a small blanket to represent sleep, and something to represent exercise, such as a small ball. Give the children clues about one item and let them guess what it is. Show them the item when they guess correctly. Continue until all the items have been revealed.
Have the children stand and pantomime keeping their bodies neat and clean. Have them pretend to wash their hands, brush their teeth, and comb their hair. Then have them pantomime their favorite way to exercise, such as jumping, hopping, skipping, or throwing a ball.
Talk with the children about how some people have things wrong with their bodies. We should not make fun of these people or point or laugh at them. Talk about how we should treat people with physical disabilities (talk to them, be their friend, treat them normally, help them if they need help).
Have each child draw a picture of himself or herself. Label each paper I am thankful for my body.
Show picture 1-5, Family with a Baby, and let the children talk about it.
Were you ever a baby?
Can babies walk or talk?
Remind the children that they were once babies, but now their bodies have grown and they can do many more things. As their bodies grow more, they will be able to do even more.
Show picture 1-16, The Nativity, and remind the children that even Jesus was once a baby.
Point to your mouth and say, “This is my mouth.” Then ask, “Can you show me your mouth?” and help the children point to their own mouths. Repeat for eyes, nose, ears, hands, and feet. Then point to each body part without saying its name and have the children name it. If the children can name all of these parts, you might also ask the names of some body parts less well known to children, such as elbows, knees, wrists, and ankles.
Make up a simple story about a small child from your area. Tell about the child waking up in the morning, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and so on through the day. As you talk about each activity, ask the children what parts of the body the child is using.
Have the children stand and sing the following song to the tune of “Once There Was a Snowman” (Children’s Songbook, p. 249). Use crouching actions for the first verse and stretching actions for the second verse.
Once I was a baby, baby, baby.
Once I was a baby, small, small, small.
Now I’m growing bigger, bigger, bigger.
Now I’m growing bigger, tall, tall, tall!