“Lesson 21: I Have Feelings,” Primary 1 (2000), 66–70
“Lesson 21,” Primary 1, 66–70
To help each child understand and identify feelings and learn ways to be happy.
Prayerfully study Luke 15:11–32.
Smiling/Frowning Face figure (see pattern at the end of the lesson).
Chalk and eraser.
Picture 1-45, Washing Dishes; picture 1-46, Children Giving Mother Flowers; picture 1-47, Children Quarreling; picture 1-48, Children Playing with Blocks; picture 1-49, The Prodigal Son (Gospel Art Picture Kit 220; 62155).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
How do you feel when you have a smile on your face?
How do you feel when you have a frown on your face?
Explain that people can often tell how we feel by looking at our faces. Have the children show you their happy faces.
Explain that it is good to show all of the different feelings we have, but we must show them in the right ways, especially when we are angry.
Show picture 1-47, Children Quarreling.
How do you think these children feel?
What do you think they are saying to each other?
What should you do when you are angry?
Explain that although we may feel like hitting, yelling, or hurting someone when we are angry, we can learn to show our feelings politely and kindly. When we hit or yell, we only feel angrier, but being kind can help us feel better.
Show picture 1-46, Children Giving Mother Flowers.
How do you think the people in this picture feel?
Why do you think they feel that way?
How do you feel when you give something to someone?
Show picture 1-45, Washing Dishes.
What is this girl doing?
How do you think the girl in the picture feels? Why?
How do you feel when you help someone?
Explain that Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to be happy. They know that we can be happy when we do what they tell us to do.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Have the children stand in a circle. Ask them to make their lips straight and not smile. Then start a smile around the circle by smiling and saying the following words: “I will give a smile to (child’s name).” The child you named should now smile and repeat the phrase, inserting the name of the next child. Continue until all the children in the circle are smiling.
Remind the children that when we smile at other people, they will often smile back. It is hard to be sad, angry, or frightened when we are smiling.
Sing “When We’re Helping” (Children’s Songbook, p. 198) or “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam” (Children’s Songbook, p. 60).
Have the children think of something they can do to be happy. Toss a beanbag or soft object to a child and say, “(Child’s name) is happy when ____________.” Have the child fill in the blank with something that makes him or her happy and then give the beanbag back to you. Continue until each child has had a turn.
Tell a story about a child who does something nice for his or her mother, such as doing a household task. Mother does not know who helped her, so she asks each child in the family who helped her. When she gets to the child who performed the kind deed, she knows that this child did it because of the child’s big smile. The child feels happy because he or she has done something nice.
As you say the following verse, lead the children in the actions. Repeat if the children desire.
Two eyes to see nice things to do (point to eyes),
Two lips to smile the whole day through (smile a large smile).
Two ears to hear what others say (cup hands around ears),
Two hands to put the toys away (pretend to pick up toys and put them away).
A tongue to speak kind words each day (point to mouth),
A loving heart to work and play (hold hands over heart).
Two feet that gladly run (point to feet)—
Make happy days for everyone.
Sing “If You’re Happy” (Children’s Songbook, p. 266) and do the actions indicated by the words. Repeat with additional phrases such as those suggested at the bottom of the songbook page.
Have the children make a happy face, a sad face, an angry face, and a tired face. Explain that they can tell in words how they feel instead of crying or fussing. When we talk about our feelings we often feel better.