Repurposing the Lava Game
By Marissa Widdison
May 19, 2017
It seems like all children know about the “lava game.” You know—where something is designated as hot lava, and you have to walk around the room without touching it? Well, a simple adaptation can turn this activity into a fun lesson about keeping commandments. To get started, read aloud the story “Safe Ground” on pages 36–37 of the May Friend. Then talk about what commandments Heavenly Father has given us to help us stay safe.
Now play the lava game by creating a “safe path” on the floor! You could use sheets of paper spread out between a doorway and a picture of Christ. If someone accidentally (or intentionally) steps off the path, talk about repentance and help them get back on track. When everyone makes it safely to the picture of Christ, bear your testimony of Him and of the Plan of Happiness. Maybe you could even make some family goals to help each other stay on safe ground.
Helping Children Cope with Anxiety
May 12, 2017
Does your child struggle with anxiety? This month’s Friend has a story and tips that may help. The story, “Ella’s Worries,” is on pages 22–23. Turn the page, and you’ll find suggestions from members of the Friend staff about how to deal with worries or fears. We hope this helps, and we’re cheering your family on!
Helping Children Care for Their Bodies
By Kim Reid
May 5, 2017
Children may not understand the reasons for the rules you give them for taking care of their bodies—why they should wear sunscreen, for example, or why they should eat an apple instead of a cookie. But they do understand love.
Here are some ideas for helping them view and care for their bodies lovingly:
- Talk to them about their body in a positive way: “Hello, fingers! I’m going to cover you up with these mittens so you won’t get too cold.”
- Teach that the body is a gift from Heavenly Father. Ask what they would do to take care of a special present. Then explain that Heavenly Father has told us how to care for our bodies so we are safe and happy. You might talk about the Word of Wisdom, or going to sleep on time.
- Teach your children that they need to protect their bodies. Remind them to tell you right away if anyone or anything ever makes them uncomfortable during the day. Reassure them that it’s OK to say “NO!” if they’re uncomfortable. You could talk about good touch and bad touch and practice saying “NO!” out loud.
- Some children came to earth with extra physical needs. Help your children notice all the things people are able to do—like laughing, smiling, or singing. Talk about how we can all serve others through something as simple as a smile.