What You'll Need: scriptures, bag, apple, vegetable, flower pots for each family member, seed packets, soil and a watering can.
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Scripture: Abraham 5:9 - And out of the ground made the Gods to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.
Opening Song: Popcorn Popping (PCS #242 )
(Attention Activity) Pass around a bag with a fruit, a vegetable, or branch in it, closed so the children cannot see what is inside. Have the children feel the bag and guess what is in it. Tell them not to guess out loud until everyone has had a chance to feel the bag. When everyone has felt the bag, let the children tell you what they think is in the bag. Take the item out of the bag, and talk about its appearance and usefulness.
Everything on the earth was created according to Heavenly Father’s plan. On the third day of creation, Jesus created trees, plants, and flowers (see Genesis 1:11–13). Heavenly Father and Jesus wanted to make the earth beautiful with trees, plants, and flowers.
• How do we use flowers to make our world beautiful? (We plant them in flower gardens, make bouquets, and wear them in our hair or on our clothes.)
• Why do we give someone flowers? (For special occasions and to make people happy.)
Not only are plants beautiful, but they are also very useful. Trees do many things for us. First the birds use the tree for their home. They carefully build a nest, and the mother bird lays eggs in it. When the baby birds hatch from the eggs, the tree provides a good home for them. It protects them from the hot sun, from the rain, and from animals on the ground that would harm them. The tree also provides fruit for the family that lives nearby. The children play in the shade of the tree and attach a swing to a large branch. When part of the tree dies, the family cuts it down and uses it for firewood to keep the house warm.
• Why are trees important to us? (They provide food, wood, shade, and a place to play.)
Heavenly Father wants us to take care of our earth because He made it just for us. He made it beautiful and useful. We can show Heavenly Father we are thankful for the earth by taking care of it, planting seeds and trees, never littering, leaving other's plants in their place and watering plants.
Bear your testimony about how beautiful the earth is and how grateful you are for plants, flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables.
(For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)
Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the April Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.
Activity: Choose from the following activities as they best suit your family...
Option 1: Poem and Hand Actions.
Recite the following verse, demonstrating the actions. Then have the children do the actions with you while you recite the verse again.
I dig and dig and dig (make digging motions),
And then I plant some seeds (bend over and pretend to plant seeds).
I rake and rake and rake (make raking motions with long strokes),
And then I pull some weeds (bend low and make pulling motions).
The sun shines bright and warm (make arms form a circle),
The rain comes down, and so (bring arms down, wiggling fingers)
Right there before my eyes,
My seeds begin to grow (push fingers of left hand between fingers of right hand).
Option 2: Planting Seeds
(You may want to wait and do this activity on April 22nd....which is Earth Day)
- Get a small pot for each family member and fill with soil.
- Help each child plant seeds and teach them about moderate watering and being gentle.
Tip: Our family did this last year and purchased a variety of seed packets. By far the most quickly sprouting and hearty plant was the herb Basil. It sprouted within a week. However, our kids planted flowers and they came up within two weeks and flowered. If your kids are impatient...go with the basil. My daughters also loved cooking with Daddy's basil later in the Summer.
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