LDS Nursery Thoughts

Hi - this is Rhonda,
I haven't had a nursery calling for about 7 years now. I do visit now and then and I substituted in the nursery a few weeks ago with another lady that I didn't know. We had both been asked to substitute and we were surprised to find that both regular leaders would be absent. I knew the lesson had to be something about spring, so Sister Gray and I scrambled to get pictures of baby animals and a baby animal picture book to color. We had animal crackers and fishies. We also knew the music leader would be in. As we were working through all of that, several primary people walked in to give us a heads-up that some ladies from the Salt Lake City General Primary Presidency were coming specifically to look in on the nursery. This never happens - we were very surprised! It all turned out well.

LDS Helps to go with "Behold Your Little Ones" - Listed by Lesson Number

Make your nursery a wonderful memory for you and your children! This project grew out of an assignment for my "Teaching Methods" class at BYU in 2004. I've shared this work with over 1000 nursery workers who have joined my yahoo group worldwide since 2005. I am looking forward to sharing my ideas that are easy to duplicate and most of them come from the Children's Friend or other church produced resources. As I update to the new format, I hope that nursery workers will be able to use these carefully coordinated ideas for the new "Behold Your Little Ones" Nursery manual.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

1 - I Am a Child of God

Gathering Activity
Gently swing a child in a sheet folded lengthwise and sing “the child’s name" is a Child of God.
Lesson Activities
Lesson in a Present (put mirror into a box)Tell the children that there is something special from Heavenly Father in the Box. Record the children saying who they are – play their voices back during lesson.
Snack Idea
Delicious Doll FHE pg 288  http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?locale=0&sourceId=3797a41f6cc20110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=198bf4b13819d110VgnVCM1000003a94610aRCRD
Songs
”Here We are Together”,“I am a Child of God”,“Once I Was a Spirit” (Sung to “Snowman”)“My Heavenly Father Loves Me”, “Two Little Eyes"
Stories
Prayerfully study Exodus 2:1–10; Psalm 82:6; Doctrine and Covenants D&C 138:55–56; and Moses 1:1–6. See also Gospel Principles (31110), chapter 2.Picture 1-1, The World (62196); picture 1-2, Moses in the Bulrushes (Gospel Art Picture Kit 106; 62063). Tell Story "Know Who You Are", Friend, Feb 1988. 1. Tell the story "Leann’s Spirit," Friend, Feb. 2005,
Art Activity
1. Make outline of each child with butcher paper. 2. Make "A child of God" faces using the visuals from Friend, Feb 2005, 24-25. They are in the photos section. 3. Friend Mar '03 Favorite Things Frame; Make into a placemat like this one: Friend Dec '99 Placemat idea with large hands reaching down and small hands reaching up I am a Child of God.
Advance Preparation Collect the snowflakes asked for from last week to use in the lesson to make the point of how special each child is in lesson 4.

2 Heavenly Father Has a Plan for Me

Gathering Activities
Tykes play equipment and slanted table to slide on.
Advance Preparation
Work on "What We Pray For Video" (interview parents, ward leaders about what they pray about for use in lesson 12)
Activities
Put doll on a chair – play Simon Says and talk about why the doll can’t do what we can do.
Snacks
Taste baby food, puree fruits or buy prepared baby food.
Songs
”Here We are Together”“I am a Child of God” “I Lived in Heaven A long Time Ago”“I Love Mother”
Stories
Prayerfully study Abraham 3:22–27. See also Gospel Principles (31110), chapter 2.Show pictures listed in manual to give an overview of Heavely Father’s Plan. Also there is a booklet in the photo section of this group with pictures of the plan from the Jan 2005 Friend.
Art Activities
1. What Does Jesus Want Me to do? Pictures to color Friend Sept 1997 -- in photos section. 2. Call for Help Plan (Oct 1994 Friend) This is for parents. 3. Check the photos section of this group for more picts and ideas 4.Also see Kayla's lesson ideas at http://www.brownbaggifts.com/Kayla.htm

3 - I Can Pray to Heavenly Father

Gathering Activities
Sheet Swinging: Fold a sheet lengthwise. With an adult on each end,gently swing a child. Sing songs to the child.
Activities
1. Video interview of what parents and leaders pray for. 2. Put together the "Prayer Puzzles", Friend, Feb 1992. (see photos section for puzzle visuals) Discuss what is happening in each puzzle as you put the puzzle together.
Snack
Peanutbutter Playdough1 c. peanut butter 1 c. light corn syrup 1-1/4 c. dry milk 1-1/2 c. powdered sugar. Mix and knead and it's ready to use.
Songs
“I am a Child of God””Here We are Together”“I Begin By Saying Dear Heavenly Father” “I Love Mother"
Stories
1. Tell flannel board story “Sharing Time: Seek Guidance through Prayer,” Friend, May 1988, 38, 39 -- see Kayla's lesson ideas at http://www.brownbaggifts.com/Kayla.htm 2.Alma Prays to Heavenly Father Friend, Sept. 2000,
Art Activities
15http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Friend/2000.htm/friend september 2000.htm/enos and the power of prayer what other special helps has heavenly father given me to help me keep my baptismal covenants. 1.Color and assemble prayer booklet. Origami 8 page booklet. With pictures from Friend, June 1985, 45 to glue in it. See instructions Praying Handprint for calendar Poem in file. 2. Make the house from "I Can Pray to Heavenly Father", Friend, Sept 1998 -- (for visuals, see Kayla's lesson ideas at www.theideadoor.com)
Advance Preparation
Bring in a large picture of Jesus and take a picture of each child with this picture of Jesus. Develop or print out this picture for next weeks lesson.

4- Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ Love Me

Gathering Activities:
Love Musical Chairs (See Feb Gathering Times) Show the Children the pictures of them with Jesus from last week.
Activities:
Love Wall (see Feb Activities) Heart Bouquet (see Feb Activities)
Snack
Waffle cones, rim dipped in melting chocolate dipped in sprinkles. Fill with trail mix: 4 c Chex cereal1/2 c Dried fruit bits1/2 c Raisins1/2 c peanuts1/2 c M & MsMix in large ziplock
Stories:
”Here We are Together” “My Heavenly Father Loves Me”“I Love Mother”:Jesus Loves the Children": "I Feel My Savior's Love" Friend, July 1994, 23 Pictures of things to be grateful for. See Kayla's lesson ideas at http://www.brownbaggifts.com/Kayla.htm
Art Activities
1. Hand tracing “I Love You” (ASL) Valentine for parents. Staple the two middle fingers down - ASL I Love You sign 2. Good for baby book Christ with Children coloring page Picture of Jesus and kids Handprint. 3. Make “ ‘I Love You This Much’ Card,” Friend, Feb. 2005, 12 -- I used adding machine tape for the long paper strips between the hands. Give to a parent for Valentine's Day.
Advance Preparation
Ask parents to send in a comfort item for the Holy Ghost lesson as a visual aid.

5 Jesus Christ Showed Us How to Love Others

Gathering Activities:
Let the children watch the Children's Bible Stories Video of The Sermon on the Mount
Activities:
Color on cutout hearts with the words "Jesus loved others" or something to this effect. Go on a "Love Other's Walk" inside our outside of the church. Give out the hearts.
Snack:
All children show their love for one another by helping get snack time ready and passing out supplies and food.
Songs:
"Jesus Said Love Everyone" 61 CS"Love One Another" 136 CS"We Are Different" 263 CS"Every Star Is Different" 142 CS"Kindness Begins with Me" 145 CS"A Special Gift Is Kindness" 145 CS
Singing Activities:
Jesus said love everyone (spread arms out wide);Treat them kindly, too (nod head up and down).When your heart is filled with love (put hands over heart),Others will love you (hug self), Ask the children to follow the instructions below. After the children do each action, thank them for following the instruction.1. Please stand up.2. Sit down, please.3. Please stand up and turn around. Please sit down. Stand up again, please.4. Stretch your hands high above your head, please.5. Please sit down quietly.• What polite, or kind, words did I say?• How do you feel when someone says “please” and “thank you” to you?Help the children understand that if we want others to speak kindly to us, we should speak kindly to them.
Stories: Tell stories about Jesus and his love
Art Activities:
Using the cheap hearts stickers from valentines day, decorate a picture of friends from lesson 33 young zones in links
Advance Preparation:
Remind parents to bring in a comfort item for the Holy Ghost discussion.

6 The Holy Ghost Helps Me

Gathering Activities:
Have guest violinist play some songs for the children.
Activities:
Holy Ghost Puppet demo(See Feb Activities)
Snack:
Gift bag tied with name tag and with Cocoa packet (comfort food) in it. Fasten a curly ribbon if desired. A straw type cookie would be fun to put in too.
Songs:
“I am a Child of God””Here We are Together”“I Begin By Saying Dear Heavenly Father” “I Love Mother”
Stories:
1. Story @ Pres. Lee “Heeding the Holy Ghost,” Friend, Jan. 2002, 38, 39 (picts at http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Friend/2002.htm/friend%20january%202002.htm/from%20the%20life%20of%20president%20harold%20b.%20lee.htm?fn=document-frame.htm$f=templates$3.0 ) 2. Prophet Stories 3. Baptism of Christ - figures online at www.lds.org gospel library html go to “The Baptism of Jesus Christ,” Friend, Aug. 1999, 15
Art Activities:
1. Make a handprint dove prayer dove to remind children of the Holy Ghost and to praySee file for dove. 2. The Holy Ghost Testifies to Me -- coloring page (See Kayla's ideas at http://www.brownbaggifts.com/Kayla.htm)
Advance Preparation:

7 Jesus Christ Created the World for Me - This is a great lesson to expand - see extra section on "The World"

In the old nursery manual this lesson was an entire section and was broken up into sections which corresponded with the creation. Check out the extra section entitled "The World"