August 19-25 Be Perfectly Joined Together
Song: I Love to See the Temple pg. 95
Materials: red, yellow, and green construction paper, pictures of foods and drinks, pictures of the temple, picture of kid in swimsuit, Friend Activity
I feel so strongly about focusing on 1 Corinthians 6:19. It’s related both to physical care of our bodies as well as the law of chastity. I would suggest splitting these activities up into two sessions.
Word of Wisdom/ Physical Care
Find pictures of a variety of foods and drinks from grocery store ads and/or print your own. Also include pictures for bathing, washing hands, brushing teeth, exercising, etc. Use the green, yellow, and red construction paper like a traffic signal. Explain that green means we can have a lot of it, yellow means we should be careful about how much we have, and red are things that we do not touch. Go through the pictures and glue them on the respective sheets.
Law of Chastity/ Consent/ Physical Safety
Explain the difference between secrets, surprises, and sacred or private things.
Secrets can hurt people, we don’t tell or keep secrets. If someone tells you something or does something to you and tells you not to tell mom or dad tell that person that we don’t keep secrets and make sure to tell mom or dad or another grown up what happened.
Surprises are when we don’t tell someone something right away because it will be more fun if we wait. This is like when we buy someone a present, we don’t tell them what it is until they open it.
Sacred or Private are things that we only share with a few people. Show a picture of the temple. Explain that the temple is sacred so you have to have a temple recommend to go there. Show them your recommend if you have one and explain what you have to do to get one and that it is permission from Heavenly Father to enter his house. Our bodies are temples and someone has to have permission to touch your body. If someone wants to give you a hug or a high five and you don’t want to you can say no thank you, if they don’t listen then you can move away from them. If someone uses their body to hurt you, tell them no, get away, and tell a grown up. We have parts of our body that are private. Use correct names and/or explain that private places are where a swim suit covers. We keep our private places covered, we don’t talk about them unless we need to tell mom, dad, or a doctor about something, we don’t show them to people, we don’t look at them on other people, and no one has permission to touch them unless mom or dad is helping you in the bathroom or a bath, or if a doctor needs to check and make sure everything is healthy. If anyone tries to touch you in a private place you yell at them, “No, don’t touch my_____,” you run away, and you tell a grown up right away. If anyone tries to show you their private places or a picture of someone with their privates showing, do the same thing- Yell no, run away, tell a grown up right away.
(Depending on the age and maturity level of your kids you may explain that when you are an adult and married then you may also share your private places with your spouse.)
This month’s Friend magazine is a great resource if you need more help thinking how you will explain this to your kids, there is also a great game!
Aug 26- Sept 1 Ye Are the Body of Christ
Song: Two Little Eyes pg 268
Materials: Body of Christ puzzle
Talk about how our bodies work together to do important things. Play a game coming up with silly things that your body can’t do without all of it working together. Try to get across the room without using your feet, try to eat a snack with your hands tied behind your back, try to sing a song with your mouth closed, etc. Explain that in the scriptures it says that we are the body of Christ. That means that we all have different responsibilities or things that we are good at, but when we all work together following Jesus we can do great things. Use the body of Christ printable to show this with your family and with the church (the blank copy is so you can add pictures of your own family). Cut along the lines to create a “puzzle” and help the kids put it together to create the body. Talk about how your family can work together and how we can work together at church.