“Lesson 25: I Love My Whole Family,” Primary 1 (2000), 81–83
“Lesson 25,” Primary 1, 81–83
To help each child feel love for all family members.
Prayerfully study Luke 1:36–44, 56.
Picture 1-7, A Loving Family; picture 1-18, John the Baptist Baptizing Jesus (Gospel Art Picture Kit 208; 62133); picture 1-54, Salt Lake Temple (Gospel Art Picture Kit 502; 62433), or a picture of a local temple.
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Show picture 1-7, A Loving Family.
How is this family like your family?
How is this family different from your family?
Which people are the grandmother and grandfather in this picture?
Explain that grandparents are the parents of our mothers and fathers. We all have grandparents, though sometimes we don’t know them very well because they have died or they live far away.
How many of you know your grandparents?
Do your grandparents live near you or far away?
What do you like to do with them?
Explain that all our family members can be our good friends. If you have a relative to whom you are close, tell the children how you feel about this person.
Why do you like to be with your family?
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
With the approval of your Primary president, ask a grandparent of one of the children, or someone in the ward who is a grandparent, to visit the class. Have the guest tell the children about his or her love for grandchildren. (Or you could invite an aunt, uncle, or cousin of one of the children to talk about love for all family members.)
Bring one or more pictures of your family, especially ones including grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins. Have the children find you and anyone else they may know (such as your spouse or children) in the pictures. Tell the children about the other people in the pictures.
Give each child a tag with the name of a family member on it, such as “Mother,” “Father,” “Brother,” “Sister,” “Grandmother,” “Grandfather,” “Uncle,” “Aunt,” or “Cousin.” (If you have only a few children in your class, use only some of these names; if you have many children in your class, more than one child may have the same name.) Have each child come to the front of the room as you say the name on his or her tag. Explain that families are important and are meant to be together. Have the children form a circle and hold hands. Ask them to do several actions while holding hands, such as swinging their arms, walking in a circle, and singing “A Happy Family.”
Sing or say the words to “I Have a Family Tree” (Children’s Songbook, p. 199).
Have each child draw a picture of his or her grandparents or other relatives. Label the picture My Grandparents or whatever is appropriate.
Make a box or bag with a heart on it to represent love. Cut out simple pictures or drawings that represent immediate and extended family members. Ask the children, “Who loves you?” As the children respond, place the appropriate pictures in the box or bag one at a time. When all the pictures are in the box or bag, hold it up and tell the children, “All these people love you very much.”
Place cutouts of family members (see activity 1, above) on the table or floor. Have the children turn around or close their eyes while you take away one cutout. Let the children guess who is missing. Repeat as many times as you want. Put all the cutouts back and tell the children that Heavenly Father wants families to be together with him again, with no one missing.
Sing “When We’re Helping” (Children’s Songbook, p. 198), using the names of extended family members in place of mother. Let the children pantomime things they could do to help these family members.