“Lesson 35: I Can Be Kind to Animals,” Primary 1 (2000), 115–18
“Lesson 35,” Primary 1, 115–18
To help each child understand the importance of being kind to animals.
Picture 1-28, Creation—Living Creatures (Gospel Art Picture Kit 100; 62483); picture 1-30, Noah and the Ark with Animals (Gospel Art Picture Kit 103; 62305).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Remind the children that Heavenly Father planned and Jesus created all the animals, fish, birds, and insects on the earth. Show the Bible and explain that the scriptures tell us that Adam named all the animals (see Genesis 2:19–20). Show picture 1-28, Creation—Living Creatures.
What are the names of the animals in this picture? (Let the children take turns pointing to an animal in the picture and telling its name.)
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Make a copy of the rabbit at the end of the lesson for each child, and let the children color their rabbits. Glue a cotton ball to the tail of each rabbit to make it fluffy.
Sing or say the words to “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (Children’s Songbook, p. 228).
Using the fishing pole from lesson 11 and the animal cutouts that came with the manual, let the children take turns fishing for an animal. When each child has caught an animal, let the children take turns showing their animals and telling what they know about them.
Make a badge that says I will be kind to animals for each child to wear home.
Help the children do the actions to the following finger play:
My little kitten ran up a tree (“run” fingers of right hand up left arm)
And sat on a limb to look at me (let right hand rest on left shoulder).
I said, “Come, kitty,” and down he ran (run fingers back down arm)
And ate all the food I poured in his pan (cup left hand; pretend right hand is kitten eating food).
Have the children stand and do the actions with you as you recite the following verse:
Noah built an ark so big (hold arms outstretched);
He knew just what to do (place finger on side of forehead).
He hammered, sawed, and measured (make motions as indicated)
As he’d been commanded to (nod head).
And Noah called his family (beckon with arm)
To march onto the boat (march quietly in place)—
And, two by two, the animals (hold up two fingers)
Came aboard to float (make floating motion with hands).
The heavy dark clouds gathered (place hands above head),
The rain began to fall (wiggle fingers imitating rain)—
And all the earth was covered (make a sweeping motion with hand and arm);
There was no land at all (turn head from side to side).
The ark just floated safely (make a floating motion with hands)
Many a day and night (put hands together on one side of face),
Until the sun came out again (place arms in a circle above head)
And shone so warm and bright.
And all the water dried right up (cross arms across chest);
Dry land did appear (open arms and extend hands).
Noah’s family gave their thanks (bow head and fold arms)
That God was always near.
(Adapted from a verse by Beverly Spencer.)
Let the children talk about any pets they have or would like to have. Discuss with the children how we should treat and care for pets.
Sing or say the words to “The World Is So Big” (Children’s Songbook, p. 235). Do the actions as indicated below:
The world is so big and, oh, so round (form a large circle with arms),
And in it God’s creations are found;
Mountains (put hands in mountain shape over head)
And valleys (put hands palms down in front of body)
And trees so tall (stretch arms up tall),
Animals big (reach up)
And animals small (reach down).
The world is so big and, oh, so round (form a large circle with arms).
God loves us all; our blessings abound (grasp arms and hug self).
Show a few of the animal cutouts, one at a time, and let the children tell you what they know about each animal, such as where it lives, what it sounds like, and what they like about it.