Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Noah and the Ark

Family Home Evening Lesson
Noah and The Ark

Opening Song: “Follow the Prophet ( Children’s Song Book #110 )

Opening Prayer: Child

Lesson: Mommy

Scripture: This lesson based on Genesis 6 - 9

Noah ( Gospel Art Picture Kit Picture #102 ) was chosen by God to build an Ark. The people on earth were very bad. The Lord wanted to flood the earth. Noah and his family listened to God, because of this they were saved. Noah had to work hard to build the ark – it was very big. Two of every animal had to fit inside. ( Gospel Art Picture Kit Picture #103 ) Ask children to find toy animals (that you have previously hidden all around the house) and bring them to the ark (I used my fisher price plastic ark – if you don’t have similar make one out of cardboard or have a drawn picture stuck on the wall, or a feltboard) Have children rock the boat while you talk about how long the ark was in the water. Noah and his family and the animals were looked after by God and landed on dry ground eventually. God put a rainbow in the sky as a promise that he would not flood the earth again.

Action Song
Noah built an ark so big (outstretch arms);
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.)

There are many Noah themed activities on the internet. Here is a selection for you to choose from
Ark Coloring In Picture
Printable Ark and Story window
Interactive Noah and Ark Songs
Hidden Animal Products in a Bag Game
Paper bag Animal puppets

Closing Song: “Quickly I’ll Obey” ( Children’s SongBook #197
Closing Prayer: Mommy

Marshmallow Animals Using different sized marshmallows, raisins, toothpicks, and other items
Animal Themed Party Food Ideas
Animal crackers
Make your own sugar cookies and use animal shaped cookie cutters

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Joseph Smith and the Doctrine and Covenants

Family Home Evening Lesson
Joseph Smith and the Doctrine and Covenants

Opening Song: “Search Ponder and Pray ( Children’s Song Book #109 )

Opening Prayer: Child

Lesson: Daddy

Scripture: This lesson based on Doctrine and Covenants 1. esp. v 37-39

Joseph Smith ( Gospel Art Picture Kit Picture #401 )was chosen by God to be the first prophet in the latter days. He translated the Book of Mormon for us. He also gave us other scriptures called the Doctrine and Covenants.(show) The first chapter tells us that we need to search the scriptures. What does this mean? It says the scriptures are true and the promises in them will happen. It also says that the prophets words are the same as Gods words. He tells the prophet what to say. God tells us that what Joseph wrote in the Doctrine and Covenants (the record) is true. And today what he tells President Thomas S Monson is true too. We are so glad that God gave us true scriptures to help us live the right way.

Make a magnifying glass from here (or use a real one if you have) for child to find written scriptures around the house or objects from around the house. Alternatively use this alphabet game to collect items that match with the Doctrine and Covenants

D & C lesson for older children with activity from Sugar Doodle

Closing Song: “An Angel came to Joseph Smith” ( Children’s Song Book #86 )

Closing Prayer: Mommy


Question mark shaped cake see instructions here


Bake brownies, cut up into squares and using icing/frosting or powdered sugar write a letter on each square that put together spells a word – such as scripture, prophet, Joseph Smith, D&C.

Brownie recipe courtesy of CuisiNie

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 large eggs

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a 9-inch square baking pan with butter. Line bottom and two sides with a strip of parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the two sides. Butter paper, and set pan aside. In a small bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
2. Place butter and chocolate in a large heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of gently simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes; remove bowl from pan. Add sugar; mix to combine. Add eggs, and mix to combine. Add flour mixture; mix just until moistened (do not overmix). Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 50 to 60 minutes. Cool in pan for 30 minutes. Using paper overhang, lift brownies out of pan; transfer to a rack to cool completely (still on paper). On a cutting board, using a dampened serrated knife, cut into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, up to 2 days.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

John, Jesus and Baptism

Family Home Evening Lesson
John, Jesus and Baptism

Opening Song: “Baptism” ( Children’s Song Book #100 )

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

Scripture: This lesson based on Matthew 3. Have Scriptures for visual.

John the Baptist taught in the wilderness. He told the people to repent. He wore clothes made of camel hair and ate locusts and honey. (Allow children to put on a wool coat/jacket or something similar) Show picture of John Gospel Art Picture Kit #207 Jesus came to John to be baptised. John was surprised. He thought Jesus should baptise him. He knew Jesus was perfect and didn’t think he would need to be baptised. Jesus said it was a commandment from God and he wanted to obey. John baptised Jesus in the Jordan River. The Holy Spirit descended as a dove and God spoke from Heaven saying “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” Show picture of the baptism Gospel Art Picture Kit picture 208

Do a dove craft. Click here for different dove craft ideas from paper or here for a felt peace dove.

Closing Song: “When I am Baptised” ( Children’s Song Book #103)

Closing Prayer: Child

Eat honeycomb. Honeycomb can usually be bought at health food stores or farmers markets, if you can’t get this you could just eat honey, or for sweet treat honeycomb candy, violet crumbles or crunchies or recipe below.

Honey Joys

90g (about 3 Tbs) butter or margarine
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups Kellogg's® Corn Flakes

Preheat oven to 150°C (300ºF).
Line 24 hole patty pan (mini muffin pan) with paper cases.
Melt butter, sugar and honey together in a saucepan until frothy.
Add Kellogg's® Corn Flakes and mix well.
Working quickly spoon into paper patty cases.
Bake in a slow oven 150°C (300ºF) for 10 minutes.

*If you like the honey coating double the mixture of honey and sugar - I do.

Recipe from Kellogs website

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Lehi's Family and the Gold Plates

Family Home Evening Lesson
Lehi’s Family and the Gold Plates

Opening Song: “Book of Mormon Stories” (Children’s Song Book #118)

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

Scripture: This lesson based on 1 Nephi 1, have scriptures to show child.

In the beginning of the Book of Mormon who is the first family? Lehi’s Family. They live in Jerusalem. Nephi says his parents are good. He makes a record about what happens to his family. Lehi tells the people to repent and be good. He is a prophet like our prophet today Pres Thomas S Monson. Nephi is writing this all down for us. The plates (show gospel art picture kit pic #325) become The Book of Mormon (show book) and it is about Jesus visiting the people from the Americas (show Gospel Art Picture Kit pic # 316).

Turn aluminium foil into some “plates” to write on. Take a large piece of foil and fold in half and half again to make a small “book”. Using a pencil, knitting needle, or the like, write onto the “plates/foil”. Small children can draw on the foil, or you could write out 1 Nephi 1:1.

Closing Song: “The Golden Plates” (Children’s Song Book # 86)

Closing Prayer: Daddy

Turn square rectangular cookies into Golden Plates. I used Nice and milk cookies (Australian brands). Graham crackers or similar for USA readers. Make yellow icing/frosting and spread over cookies. Decorate to make words or use licorice or fruit straps to make bookmarks. Eat and Enjoy.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Family Home Evening Lesson

Opening Song: “Mother Dear,” (Children’s Songbook, p. 206)

Opening Prayer: Mommy

Lesson: Daddy

And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it. (Alma 56:48)

Have your family take turns sharing favorite memories about their mother or grandmother. Have each person give a one-sentence description of his or her mother or grandmother and write/draw these on another paper. If you have them, look at photos of the women in your family.

Why do we have mothers? Why are mothers so special? Did Jesus have a mother? (Show gospel Art picture kit picture 242) How did he treat his mother? How can you (child) show your mother you love her? What was yesterday? (Mothers Day) How can we act like it is Mothers Day all year round?

Write/draw on a heart shape something child/husband will do for mother this coming week.

Closing Song: “The Dearest Names” (Children’s Song Book # 208)

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Heart shaped cookies
or MOM shaped cookies, roll dough into long thin rope and shape into letters.

This lesson would have been better in the lead up to Mothers day, but it can't hurt for a little reinforcement after Mothers Day.

click here for a wonderful Mothers FHE lesson for older children, by LDS LIVING

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Family Home Evening Charts

Our FHE Chart - made by my Sis in Law

One of the best ways to get organised for Family Home Evening is having a chart. I have browsed the internet and found a few ideas for you to try. Since I didn't find too many printable ones, I might try my hand at drawing some for you.

Wheel Charts
House shape Chart
Daisy chart – good for larger families
Wooden Chart
How to decorate a wall around a FHE chart
Mormon Share Chart Ideas

FHE Lesson- My Brother Jesus Christ

Family Home Evening Lesson
My Brother Jesus Christ

Opening Song: “I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus” (Children’s Song Book # 78)

Opening Prayer: Daddy

Lesson: Mommy

Learning about Jesus:
Show this Picture of Jesus or use your favorite Jesus picture.
Ask: “Who is this?”
“What do you know about Jesus?”
“Is Jesus related to us?”
Jesus is our Elder Brother. Jesus lives with our Father in Heaven. He listens to our prayers and helps us when we need him. He came to earth and died for us so that we can live with our Father in Heaven again. Jesus loves us very much and wants us to obey. But, if we make mistakes he has made it possible for us to repent and for our sins to be washed away.

Sing: “’Give’ Said the Little Stream” (Children’s Song Book # 236)

Color the picture of Jesus and talk about him and what he brings to your family.

Closing Song: “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (Children’s Song Book # 74)

Closing Prayer: Mommy

Treat: Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Given By: King Arthur Flour

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup Baker's Special or granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Island Spice Flavor (optional)
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed (about 3/4 cup)
1/3 cup milk
1 cup King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour
1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
1 cup cinnamon Flav-R-Bites(tm) (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar till they're smooth. Beat in the egg, flavoring, banana and milk.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, then gently stir them into the butter mixture. Spoon the batter into 18 regular-sized lightly greased muffin cups.

Bake the muffins for 20 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Remove them from the oven, and after 10 minutes turn them out of the pan to cool.

Yield: 18 muffins.