Saturday, April 19, 2014

Day #14 He Has Risen

This is the same lesson we do every year the night before Easter - the children look forward to it every year. 

Resurrection Eggs
If you haven't had a chance to do this with your family, the night before Easter is a great time.  Preparation:  you need 12 plastic eggs.  Number them 1 through 12.  Below I have the number and corresponding items and scriptures.  (you could also place a little treat in each one.)  Place them inside the eggs.   Hide the 12 eggs.

Have the children find the 12 eggs.  Open the egg and read each scripture beginning with egg #1.  This will take you through the Easter story.   There are pictures to go with just about every scripture.  Click HERE for the pictures.  The scriptures began with Christ's entry into Jerusalem.
Here are the Scripture references for the 12 eggs:
1. Ride on a Donkey - Matthew 21:1-9
2. Silver Coins - Matthew 26:14-16, 46-50; 27:1-5
3. Passover Cup - Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28
4. Praying Hands - Mark 14: 32-42
5. Leather Whip - John 19; 1-15 Matthew 27:26-31
6. Crown of Thorns - Matthew 27:29-31
7. Nails in the Cross - John 19: 16-22
8. Dice for Gambling - John 19: 23-25
9. Soldier's Spear - John 19:31-37
10. Linen Wrapping - Matthew 27: 57-61
11. Stone of the Tomb - Matthew 28:1-3
12. Empty Tomb - Matthew 28:5-8




Activity
For the past 16 years it is a tradition in our family to make "Resurrection Rolls."  I didn't come up with this recipe - it's one of those things that gets passed around.  I am still amazed how everyone marvels at how the marshmallow disappears!  Click here for instructions.

I hope your family enjoys making these.  This is my children's favorite part of Easter.  We look forward to making these every year.  AND they are super delicious!!!

We also love to dye Easter Eggs.  Nothing fancy, nothing I'm going to "pin" - just good old fashioned eggs and dye!  It never gets old.  This is a good time to talk about the symbols of Easter.  Sometimes its hard for children to know what eggs and bunnies have to do with Easter.  While you are dying your eggs, you can have a little review:

Easter Bunny
There are many different theories…..Spring celebrates new life as did Jesus' resurrection.  Rabbits are one of the many animals born in the spring and they also have lots of offspring during this time of year.  The rabbit burrows deep under ground and when he emerges from his burrow, it can represent Jesus leaving the tomb.

Eggs
In many cultures eggs are the symbol of life and Jesus gave everyone Eternal Life through His Atonement and Resurrection.  Eggs were died Red in memory of Christ's blood, eggs are rolled symbolic of the stone being rolled from the tomb,

Lamb
This comes from the Jewish Passover where a lamb was sacrificed in each family.  Christ became the Passover Lamb for everyone and so the lamb became a symbol for His sacrifice.

New Clothes
This is a symbol of a new beginning.

We are having fun this year with all our cousins and Gramma and Papa here!



Handout:
I love this nest image from the Graphics Fairy.  I thought this would be nice to include in our journals and write what the nest and eggs represent.
Journal
Summarize the events that took place and the scriptures you read.  Which one stood out to you?  How do you feel knowing Jesus died for you and suffered all things for you that you may have eternal life?  

Thank you so much for joining me on this 14 day journey.  I hope you have been able to do a few of these lessons with your family and find yourself drawing closer to Christ.   Life gets pretty crazy, we missed a few days here and there, and we are looking forward to having the lessons for Family Home Evening.  Happy Easter and may God Bless :)

Amanda

Friday, April 18, 2014

Day #13, Jesus Christ, My Savior


Hi!  It's Melanie from LDS Handouts.  I started my blog so I could share my handouts I was making for Young Women with others. Since then, it has expanded to a whole bunch of different free handouts. I live in Idaho with my awesome husband and 4 children, ages 11, 8, 5, and 2.  I'm excited to share another lesson with you!!


Jesus Christ, My Savior
Attention activity:  Spread the letters around the room and have your family find them and spell out the word Savior. Ask them what a Savior is and why we might need someone to save us. (Handouts are 4x6 inches)









Lesson: 
We needed a Savior because Heavenly Father knew that when we came to Earth we would sin. When we sin and don't repent, we cannot live with Heavenly Father again. We needed someone to save us so we can live with Heavenly Father again. Jesus volunteered to be our Savior and come to Earth and teach us, atone for our sins, and be crucified so we can live with Heavenly Father again.

Cut this picture into puzzle pieces. (Picture is 8x10 inches)

On each piece, write a way that Jesus helped save us. These can include:
He went through the Atonement and saved us from our sins.
He was crucified and died to save us from death.
He taught us about the Sacrament.
He was a perfect example.
He taught us to be kind.
He taught us to serve.
He taught us to repent.
He taught us to forgive.

Put the puzzle together and talk about each way Jesus saves us.

Handout:
Print this handout to add to your journal or hang up.

 For another fun activity, write your testimonies down and bury in a bag or seal in an envelop and open again next Easter.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Parable of the Sower, Day #12



Hi! I'm Melanie from LDS Handouts.   I'm super excited to take part in the event. I started my blog so I could share my handouts I was making for Young Women with others. Since then, it has expanded to a whole bunch of different free handouts. I live in Idaho with my awesome husband and 4 children, ages 11, 8, 5, and 2.

I picked The Parable of the Sower because I love parables!! I love the way Jesus taught-by using things that were familiar to the people of the time. I have taken this parable and presented it in a way that I would do it for my family. Enjoy!

The Parable of the Sower
Attention Activity: 
Scripture: Read the Parable of the Sower found in Luke 8: 4-15
Lesson: To reinforce the parable and the meanings, play memory with the cards provided. Match the object with the meaning.
Print out these cards and cut them in half (Card size is 4x6)








Activity: Plant seeds together. Talk about what you need to get a seed to grow in good soil. Talk about how we can make that soil good. Elder Faust gave an awesome talk entitled "Of Seeds and Soil" that shares ways we can make our soil good for our seeds to grow. You can tape this handout to each cup.


Refreshments: Make "dirt cups" by following this recipe from Kraft.

Resources:
Parable of the Sower coloring pages:
http://www.theclipartwizard.com/sower-coloring-pages.htm

Kids activities and lesson for the Parable of the Sower:
http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/2012/08/parable-of-sower.html

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day #11, Parable of the Ten Virgins

Sorry about the late posting, I selected the wrong time :(

Parable of the Ten Virgins, Day 11

To begin the lesson, watch this short video Christ Like Attributes - it's also found HERE.  It is such a beautiful overview of what we have been learning these last 10 days.

Jesus often taught using familiar objects and situations to teach a spiritual truth; called parables.  The parable of the ten virgins teaches us about the second coming of Jesus Christ and how we can prepare.  
I thought both these lessons were perfect references to teach your children about this parable:
Lesson from Sugardoodle click HERE
Ten Virgins lesson click HERE
Once you've gone over the parable, have the family act out the story so it comes to life.  
Now talk about the hidden spiritual truth in this story.  Who are the 10 Virgins?  Who is the Bridegroom?  What is the oil?  What is the marriage?
I liked this music video on youtube depicting people living righteously and putting oil in their lamps.
Have the children cut out the drops of oil and a lamp. (I had to make them colorful, it's Easter!!)  They can write on each drop of oil what they are doing to prepare for Jesus to come again.  Glue them in your journals.  In the Sugardoodle lesson, there are instructions on how to make this lamp out of a paper plate.
Download oil drops
Amanda

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Because of Him, Day #10

Jesus is the Son of God, our Savior and Redeemer. Because of Him, death is not the end, and life takes on new meaning. We can change, we can start over—and we can live again with God. This Easter, celebrate His life and discover all that’s possible because of Him.

Watch video



If you haven't already, talk to your family about the #BecauseofHim challenge that's going on this week.

Every day post a photo on your social media sites relating to the day's topic and type the hashtag #BecauseofHim.


 Show your posts to your children so they can see the photos you post each day.

For younger children who don't have social media accounts, encourage or help them draw pictures relating to the day's topic, or print out pictures and hang them up in your home.  I have made these little printables with the topic for each day and they can write something or draw a picture.  You could even take a picture of their picture and text it to Gramma and Grandpa!

Click HERE to download the PDF version






Journal:
Have each person list as many "Because of Him" statements they can think of.  Keep adding to the list throughout the week.

I sized the photos down and you can print this page and your children can choose one of the photos to put in their journals.  Click HERE for download

Amanda

Monday, April 14, 2014

Day #9, Service

Hi! I'm Heather Lynne from Raising Memories. I blog about fun things parents can do with and for their kids and like to throw in some photography posts, giveaways, and other fun things for moms.  I'm so happy to be visiting Amanda's blog today to share a fun lesson idea with you!  (Thank you so much for having me, Amanda!)
Alright, enough about me (if you're dying of curiosity and want to know more about me or get a glimpse of what kind of fun things I like to post about, just head over to my fun About Page ;) Now, on to the lesson:

Day #9: Service
Preparation:
You'll need 12 plastic Eggs & the items needed to create this Easter countdown. You can find a list here as well. - Prepare some small slips of paper and something to write or draw with for each family member. - Have an empty box or bowl ready. - Print the handouts and the "You've Been Egged" note.
Download "You've Been Egged" note HERE.
Preparation:
  As I Have Loved You would be a great song to start with. You can listen to it here.  You can also find lyrics and piano music at that link.

  Lesson:
Start by giving each member of the family a couple of slips of paper & something to write with. Ask them to write down something that someone could do for them that would help them. They should put their name on the paper, fold it, and put it into the box or bowl. (If children are too young to write, they can draw a picture of their thing and a parent can write an explanation by the picture) Read John 13:15 "For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you." Matthew 7:12 "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." Explain that Jesus is our example. He loved and served others by doing things for them to help them. He healed people, He blessed people, and He helped people. He loves all people. Explain that when we do something for someone else it usually makes us love them more. Ask family members to share stories of times when someone did something for them that made them feel happy. Also ask for stories of times they did something nice for someone else and then felt more love for that person. Family members can now choose to draw as many slips of paper as they wish from the bowl or box and do that service idea for the person who wrote it down. You can follow up with them later to see how it made them feel to help someone else.

  Activity:
 For the activity, you're going to do something nice for someone else! This is something that will help them to celebrate the real reason for Easter. Together, assemble the 12 eggs with the bible verses and items outlined in this post and then go to someone's house and hide the eggs in their yard. Leave the "You've Been Egged" note on their door, ring the doorbell, and run! :) You can talk about the real meaning behind Easter as you are assembling the eggs at home, too :)

  Handout: Download Here.
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