A container with water, a container with soil, and a small branch. If you prefer, bring pictures of a lake, soil, and a tree.
Paper and crayons or pencils.
Picture 1-60, Lehi and His People Arrive in the Promised Land (Gospel Art Picture Kit 304; 62045); picture 1-61, Exodus from Nauvoo (Gospel Art Picture Kit 410; 62493).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
There are many different kinds of homes
Explain that animals and insects live in many different kinds of homes. People also live in different kinds of homes.
Home is a place where we are loved
Explain that the kind of home we live in is not important. We might live in a large house, a small house, an apartment, a tent, or a boat. The important thing is that our homes are places where family members love each other. Tell about your own home and what you do to make it a loving place.
Why do you like to be at home?
How do you know your family loves you?
Have you ever spent the night away from home?
Where did you sleep?
How did you feel when you came back to your own home?
Remind the children how good it was to come back to their own homes and beds.
We can help our families take care of our homes
Explain that we need to take care of our homes so they will be good places to live. Every family member should help keep the home neat and clean.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Bring some common household objects (at least one for each child) in a bag. Let each child choose an object from the bag and explain how to use it while helping around the house. For example, a cloth can be used for dusting or drying dishes, a spoon can be used when setting the table for a meal, and a toy can be put away when cleaning a room.
Sing or say the words to “Fun to Do” (Children’s Songbook, p. 253), using phrases such as “Making my bed is fun to do” or “Setting the table is fun to do” while pantomiming the action.
Trace each child’s hands on a piece of paper to take home. Label each paper I have helping hands. Talk about what the children’s hands can do to help.
Have the children pretend that their chairs are covered wagons. Have them pull their chairs into a circle like the pioneers did at night for protection from unfriendly people and wild animals. Have them act out building a campfire and cooking supper, singing and dancing after supper, and climbing into their wagons (chairs) to go to sleep.
Bring pictures of different kinds of homes, or draw them on the chalkboard or a piece of paper. Discuss with the children what each house is made of and what it would be like to live in. You might include a tent, an igloo, a castle, a cabin, and a house on stilts.
Additional Activities for Younger Children
Sing or say the words to “When We’re Helping” (Children’s Songbook, p. 198). Let the children act out things they can do to help around their homes.
Help the children do the actions to the following finger play:
Busy little fingers (hold up a fist),
Who will help us to obey?
“I will.” “I will.” “I will.” “I will.” “I will” (raise a finger with each “I will” until all the fingers are extended),