Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Sometimes we do things that are wrong
Explain that as we are growing up and learning to choose the right, sometimes we make wrong choices. These are not just mistakes like putting a picture upside down; these are times when we do something that is wrong, something that Heavenly Father and Jesus and our parents do not want us to do. By making wrong choices, we may make ourselves and other people unhappy.
We should say we are sorry
How do you feel when you do something wrong?
What can you do to make the bad feelings go away?
Help the children understand that when we know we have done something wrong, we need to admit it. Then we need to say “I’m sorry.” We also need to try to correct what we did wrong and promise that we won’t do it again.
We should do our best to correct the wrong
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Help the children sing or say the words to “Repentance” (Children’s Songbook, p. 98). Explain that to repent means to say you are sorry, promise not to do the wrong thing again, and try to correct the wrong thing.
Provide each child with a piece of clay or play dough. Show the children how to roll the clay or play dough in a ball and then flatten it. Help them make a smiling face in the clay or play dough to remind them that when they say “I’m sorry” they will feel better. (A play dough recipe can be found on page xv of this manual.)
Give each child a piece of paper and a crayon or pencil. Have each child draw a smiling face. Label the picture I can be happy when I say I’m sorry.
Sing or say the words to “I Want to Live the Gospel” (Children’s Songbook, p. 148).
Additional Activities for Younger Children
“Accidentally” spill a box of crayons or other small objects on the floor. Tell the children that you are sorry you spilled the crayons, and then ask what you should do to make the situation better. As you clean up, tell the children that you will feel better when the floor is neat and clean again. Invite the children to help you clean up.
Explain that sometimes we do things that make us or other people feel sad. When this happens, we should say “I’m sorry” and try to make things better. Thank the children for helping you clean up, and remind them that they feel happy when they help others.
Sing or say the words to “Jesus Said Love Everyone” (Children’s Songbook, p. 61).
Have the children say a large word, such as hippopotamus. Tell them that it is sometimes hard to say some words. Explain that it may be hard to say “I’m sorry” when we have done something wrong. Explain that even when the words “I’m sorry” are hard to say, they can help turn sad feelings into better feelings.
Tell a short story about two children who are playing together. When one of the children bumps into the other, the first child says, “I’m sorry” and tries to help the hurt one feel better. Include the idea of turning a sad feeling into a happy one. You may want to use the Smiling/Frowning Face figure from lesson 21. Let a child hold the figure and turn it to show the feelings of the children in the story.