What You'll Need: scriptures, picture of your family, paper, scissors, crayons/colored pencils, sugar cookies (recipe link below), white icing (recipe link below), food coloring, male/female cookie cutters, ziplock baggies, small candies (optional)
Scripture: Psalm 82:6 - "...All of you are children of the most High".
(Explain that the most High means Heavenly Father.)
Opening Song: I Am a Child of God (Hymn 301 or PCS 2)
Show a family picture of your family. Point out and name each member of the family.
Q. How are the kids in our family like their parents? This may include hair color, eye color, glasses, likes and dislikes.
We all lived in heaven with Heavenly Father before we came to this earth. We are His children. That is why we call him Heavenly Father. We also lived with our heavenly mother and all the rest of Heavenly Father’s children. We do not remember living with Heavenly Father, but we know we are his children because we read it in the scriptures.
Q. How are we like our Heavenly Parents? This could include being kind, loving, good, honest and divine.
We also lived with Jesus Christ, our brother. He came to earth before us and made it possible for us to return and live with our Father in Heaven after we die. Heavenly Father sent us to earth to be a part of a family, but He still loves us and watches over us. He wants us to be happy.
When we are finished with our life here on earth, He wants us to return to live with him again because He loves us. We can return to Him by loving each other, following the teachings of Jesus and keeping God's commandments.
Everyone who has been born on the earth is a child of Heavenly Father. We should treat everyone we meet just like we should treat our family. Heavenly Father made everybody look different, but we are all His children, and everyone is beautiful in their own way.
In the scriptures the Lord tells us, "Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature...for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7) That scripture is telling us not to judge people by how they look, or how tall they are, because that's not the way Heavenly Father sees us. He looks at what's inside. He looks at our heart. He wants us to practice seeing everyone we meet by what is in their heart, not how they look. If we do that we will start loving more people, make more friends, and become more like Jesus Christ.
Q. How can we get to know what is in someone's heart? Talk with people you meet, listen to other people, become friends with everyone around you.
Bear testimony of God's love for each of us as His children.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.
Practice Song: If learning the song of the month, go over the words and music with your family.
Option 1: Read this poem a few times with your kids. Act out some of the words with your hands.
WHO I REALLY AM
By Cindy Maybon
Some say I have my mother’s eyes. (point to eyes)
My smile comes from my dad. (point to smile)
My freckles come from Grandpa, (point to cheeks)
And all this makes me glad.
I share the curls in my hair (point to hair)
With uncles whom I love. (point to heart)
But the truth of who I really am
Comes from up above. (point towards the ceiling)
A child of God is who I am,
A child of royal birth.
My Father up in heaven (point towards the ceiling)
Sent me here to earth.
As I take this journey
And try valiantly each day, (make muscles)
I know He watches over me (put hand above eyes)
And listens when I pray. (cup hands around ears)
So if the path gets thorny
And the way feels not so clear,
I remember who I really am
And that takes away each fear.
Option 2: Fold paper in an accordion style. Use scissors to create a paper doll chain as seen below. Have children color and decorate each paper doll in their chain differently. Reinforce the teaching that everyone on earth are our brothers and sisters and are all children of God.*
Treat: Make sugar cookies (recipe here). Roll out dough and use cookie cutters to cut out a body shape for each member of your family (girls and boys). This can be done earlier that day and you may want to make a few extra in case some break or get eaten.
Make white icing (recipe here). Divide into small portions and color with one drop of food coloring to create a range of different colors. Put each color into a ziplock baggy and cut a small tip off the bottom edge to create a piping bag.
When cookies are cooled, have each child decorate their own cookie as a self portrait. Provide different colors of icing, sprinkles and small candies if desired. Talk about each family member's physical attributes, but also focus on the spiritual attributes which make them special.
*Because this is similar to the activity you may choose to just do one or the other, depending on time and resources.