Thursday, April 25, 2013

First Article of Faith

Gathering activity was once again a word search...they love them!  It keeps them occupied while everyone arrives.

This week for an attention-getter I wrote the following letters on the board and asked what comes next...

It was really fun to get their answers and their reasoning for their answers!  The correct answer is "T", of course, for Thirteen.  There are Thirteen articles of faith.  

For the 1st Article of Faith we discussed the Godhead.  We talked about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost and the ways that they are alike and the ways that they are different.  It really was a great discussion.  They are so smart and they ask really great questions.

Next we learned the song, "The First Article of Faith" from the Children's Songbook.  Most of them knew it but some did not.  We played a fun game with a small ball.  We stood in a circle.  The child with the ball had to sing a portion of the song and then toss the ball to someone else.  Whoever the ball was tossed to had to sing the next portion of the song and then toss the ball.  It was a lot of fun.  If they dropped the ball they had to start the song over from the beginning.  I let them sing only one or two words if they wanted to because I didn't want anyone to be uncomfortable.  But everyone participated and had fun.  They wanted to keep doing it even when I told them it was time to move on to the next activity.

Next we did a puzzle game.  I had 1st Article of Faith cut into wordstrips.  One copy for each child.  They had to race to put the words in the correct order.  When they thought they had it, they were to raise both arms above their head.  In hindsight, I would have had a bell or something for them to press because I had a hard time telling who was first on a couple of the rounds.  This was fun and they also wanted to keep playing this game!

We had another birthday this week so we played Pin the Nose on the Clown and had cupcakes.

For our next Activity Day we will be making a Mother's Day craft.  I read a list of possibilities and told them to raise their hand if they heard an activity that they wanted to do.  The voting was unanimous.  However, I'm not going to reveal the craft until after Mother's Day!  You're going to love it!


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