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We Have Come to Worship Him

Updated: Jan 18, 2019

Week plan for JANUARY 14—20

Young children


These activities are designed to catch the attention of young children, but could be modified for older children. I hope you enjoy it!



Photo courtesy of LDS Media Library



Monday

Doctrine: Jesus was born


Song: Stars Were Gleaming

  • Do actions for each line of the song

  • Have your children try to arrange these stars in the correct order

Other songs of the week

  • Away in a Manger

  • I Will Be Valiant

  • Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

  • Jesus Once Was a Little Child

Scripture story

  • Read: Jesus Is Born (longer) or The Nativity Story (shorter)

  • Watch: the video below of children explaining the Savior's birth (if you don't hear sound, right click and press unmute)


Memorize: "good tidings of great joy" (Luke 2:10)

  • Sit in a circle and have everyone, one by one, talk about what makes them happy (you could turn it into a Show and Tell if desired). After everyone has shared, show a picture of Christ and say "something that is good tidings of great joy for all of us is that our Savior lives." Then bear testimony in your own words of how He can bring us joy.

Coloring page

Activities


Tuesday

Doctrine: Jesus was born


Song: Away in a Manger

  • Wrap a popsicle stick with a white piece of felt to be a Baby Jesus for each child. While the song plays, have them gently cradle their little Baby Jesus in their cupped hands and rock Him back and forth.

Other songs of the week

  • Stars Were Gleaming

  • I Will Be Valiant

  • Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

  • Jesus Once Was a Little Child

Scripture story

Memorize: "good tidings of great joy" (Luke 2:10)

  • Read Luke 2:10, emphasizing the words "good tidings of great joy." Have everyone, including yourself, draw what they think the angel meant using those words. When finished, explain the pictures to each other.

Coloring pages

Activities


Wednesday

Doctrine: I can give good gifts to Jesus


Song: I Will Be Valiant

  • Everyone grab a metal pot and something for a drumstick, then line up to march around the room like a marching band. Play the song on speakers and sing along with gusto, lifting knees high with each march, and creating as much noise as possible with your drum. If you don't know the words well, print and tape the lyrics to your drum so you can lead the others.

  • I Will Be Valiant

Other songs of the week

  • Stars Were Gleaming

  • Away in a Manger

  • Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

  • Jesus Once Was a Little Child

Scripture story

Memorize: "good tidings of great joy" (Luke 2:10)

  • Create together a hand clapping game to emphasize each syllable of the phrase (use two beats for "great").

Coloring page

Other activities

  • Put together printable paper toys of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Print enough for each child to make one gift. Before making the final folds, add one different piece of small candy inside each (i.e. a jelly bean, a gummy bear, and a Tic Tac). Then play a Right/Left Nativity Gift Exchange (note that you may want to alter/omit some details that don't match doctrine).

  • Read A Christmas Gift for Jesus

  • In a large bag, conceal a few objects that represent a gift we can give to the Savior. Have a child stick their hand into the bag to feel one of the objects and guess what it is. Pull it out and discuss how it can be a gift you can give to Jesus. Examples: pet brush (taking care of animals), toy (sharing), prayer rock (praying), dime (tithing), Sacrament quiet book (reverence).

  • Draw pictures of your gifts to Baby Jesus, then "wrap" the gift by covering it with a flap of wrapping paper as shown in this picture.

  • Cut this into an easy jigsaw puzzle: Precious Gifts


Thursday

Doctrine: I can give good gifts to Jesus


Song: Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

  • Try singing with gigantic smiles and without letting your lips touch

  • Talk about what it means to be a sunbeam for Jesus

Other songs of the week

  • Stars Were Gleaming

  • Away in a Manger

  • I Will Be Valiant

  • Jesus Once Was a Little Child

Scripture story

  • Hide Baby Jesus (a baby doll wrapped in cloth) in the house. Have all children, except one, dress up like Wise Men with paper crowns and pillowcase capes. They will all follow the last child holding a star (which can be suspended on a stick) while he searches for the Baby Jesus. Switch roles and play again.

  • Read: The Wise Men

Memorize: "good tidings of great joy" (Luke 2:10)

  • Compete with each other to see who can say it the slowest or fastest, deepest or highest, or while standing on one foot, or the most in one breath.

Coloring page


Activities

  • Watch the music video, What Shall We Give and tell your children to do a jumping jack whenever they see someone do a nice thing.

  • Read together this Be Helpful page and then teach your children a new skill they can use in the future to help another person (i.e. clean windows, give a foot massage, bake bread).

  • Cut, fold, and hang these Gifts of Love to open every few days

  • Wear scripture power capes and blast off flying (with superman arms) around the house taping up these You Are Super reminders. Sing or play a recording of "I Will Be Valiant" or "Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam" while they are running around. Draw pictures of each child in a superhero cape and fill in their blank super challenge.

  • Get cozy, wrapping the biggest blanket in the house around all of you and read the story A Gift for Jesus.


Friday

Doctrine: Jesus was once a child like me


Song: Jesus Once Was a Little Child

Other songs of the week

  • Stars Were Gleaming

  • Away in a Manger

  • I Will Be Valiant

  • Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

Scripture story

Memorize: "good tidings of great joy" (Luke 2:10)

  • Draw a reversible smiling/frowning face on a paper plate. Have one child hold it in the frowning position and then switch it to smiling when another child says, "good tidings of great joy!" In reply, the child holding the plate can say, "Jesus is born!"

Coloring pages


Activities


Saturday

Doctrine: Jesus was once a child like me


Song: Jesus Once Was a Little Child

  • Spin a top when you start singing, and have your children start spinning too (or spin each other). When the top falls over, they can fall over too. If you don't have a top, make a paper dreidel or a bottle cap spinning top. Explain that Jesus probably only had simple toys like these.

Other songs of the week

  • Stars Were Gleaming

  • Away in a Manger

  • I Will Be Valiant

  • Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

Scripture story

  • Read: The Boy Jesus

  • Act out the story. Draw a sign for Nazareth to put in one room and a sign for Jerusalem in another. Start your children in Nazareth and say you're all going to a big dinner in Jerusalem. Explain that Jesus was twelve years old; have the children count to twelve with clapping. More fun ideas for continuing the story are found here.

Memorize: "good tidings of great joy" (Luke 2:10)

Coloring pages

Activities


Sunday

  • To review the songs from the week, play Sing or Dare.

  • Have your children play Family Memory Bingo with family videos or photo albums while you do family history

  • Take a binder of the printouts to church as a Sacrament Meeting quiet book

  • Share testimonies

  • Call grandparents and have the kids share their favorite thing they did during the week


Leave a comment to let me know how I can improve these week plans to work better for your family!



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