“Lesson 32: I Am Thankful for Food and Clothing,” Primary 1 (2000), 104–6
“Lesson 32,” Primary 1, 104–6
To help each child feel and express gratitude for food and clothing.
A fruit or vegetable with seeds in it.
A beanbag or other soft object.
Cutout 1-5, fish; cutout 1-7, pig; cutout 1-8, sheep; cutout 1-9, cow; cutout 1-22, chickens (similar cutouts can also be found in Primary Visual Aids Cutouts set 4); or find pictures of animals that provide food and clothing in your area.
Picture 1-15, Blessing the Food; picture 1-50, I Can Dress.
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
What other foods do you like to eat?
Where do we get our food?
Who created the plants and animals from which we get food to eat?
Talk about some of the foods you eat and where they come from. Explain that we get many foods from plants.
Break or cut open the fruit or vegetable you brought and point out the seeds.
What are these?
Why do plants have seeds?
Explain that Heavenly Father planned for plants to have seeds so the seeds could grow into more plants to provide food for us (see Genesis 1:11–12). When a plant such as a fruit or vegetable grows, more seeds are formed.
Point out that food is not the only thing we get from plants and animals. Show picture 1-50, I Can Dress.
What is this boy doing?
What do you put on when you get dressed?
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Give each child a piece of paper with a line drawn down the middle and the words I am thankful for: written across the top. Let each child draw a picture of a food on one side of the line and an article of clothing on the other side.
Help the children sing or say the words to the first two verses of “Thanks to Our Father” (Children’s Songbook, p. 20).
Let the children pretend they are seeds. Have them crouch down as though they were planted in the ground, then rise slowly as the sun shines and the rain gently falls on them. You may want to let the children take turns being the sun and the rain.
Bring a fruit or vegetable and give the children small samples to eat. Describe the kind of seed and plant the fruit or vegetable came from. (Check with the children’s parents to make sure no child is allergic to the food you bring.)
Describe a familiar food to the children and ask them to guess which food you are describing. For example, you could say, “This food is white or brown on the outside. It has a shell. It is laid in a nest. What is it?” (An egg.) Repeat as many times as you want. You may want to bring an example of each food that you describe.
Bring dress-up items such as sweaters, coats, and hats and let the children try them on as you talk about clothing the children are thankful for.
Help the children sing or say the words to “A Song of Thanks” (Children’s Songbook, p. 20) or “For Health and Strength” (Children’s Songbook, p. 21).
Have the children pantomime getting dressed as you say the words to the following activity verse:
Children, put your pants on, pants on, pants on.
Children, put your pants on, one, two, three.
Children, put your skirt on, skirt on, skirt on.
Children, put your skirt on, one, two, three.
Children, put your shirt on, shirt on, shirt on.
Children, put your shirt on, one, two, three.
Children, put your socks on, socks on, socks on.
Children, put your socks on, one, two, three.
Children, put your shoes on, shoes on, shoes on.
Children, put your shoes on, one, two, three.
Children now are all dressed, all dressed, all dressed (clap hands).
Children now are all dressed; let’s go play!