By Marissa Widdison
August 17, 2018
Color-by-number pages are usually thought of as an individual activity. But they don’t need to be! I thought page 25 of the August Friend would be a good one to use in a family night about prayer or in a small Primary class. Divide the picture into several sections and label them with a number—I chose 10 numbers, each representing roughly half of a person in the picture. Pick 10 words that are important to the lesson. The coloring page and important words go up on the board or where all the kids can see. During the lesson, when someone hears one of the important words, they raise their hand and then get to color the section of the picture that goes with that word and number! If your kids are too young to pick out words during a conversation, you could make each important word an answer to a question—giving them a chance to read over the list of words after you ask something during the lesson.
Editor’s note: You can find a large collection of coloring pages to make into color-by-numbers by clicking here.
Happy Birthday, Primary!
August 10, 2018
Did you know that this month we celebrate the 140th anniversary of Primary? True story! How grateful we are for Sister Aurelia Spencer Rogers and others who helped create an inspired program for our children. Speaking of the little ones, this would be a good excuse to help kids learn a little bit of Church history! Here are some resources you could use:
- Download an article and crossword puzzle about the beginning of Primary, from this month’s Friend
- Share “Primary Is Awesome” wristbands with your family or class
- Look at an online art exhibit celebrating Primary programs over the years
- Learn about the history of Primary and past leaders
- Print a Find It! activity celebrating the anniversary, from this month’s Friend
What will the next 140 years bring?
“Why Should I Obey?”
By Jess Larsen
August 3, 2018
Don’t touch the stove. Don’t play with scissors. Don’t run into the street. As parents, we know that obedience helps keep us safe, but children can’t always see that. By teaching them about obedience and safety in different ways, we can help them understand a little better.
Here are some ideas to help your child understand obedience:
- When a child asks “Why?” about a rule, take time to explain how it keeps them safe. Guide the conversation by asking, “What would happen if we didn’t follow that rule?”
- Keep rules short and specific. Instead of saying, “Be careful in the parking lot,” try, “Hold Dad’s hand.” Whenever possible, make the rule positive instead of negative, like “Stay with the cart,” instead of “Don’t run away.” Thank them when they make good choices.
- Before going on an outing, like to a park or beach, review safety rules for that place. You could even consider making flashcards with pictures to remind them of important rules. Teaching beforehand is easier than trying to teach with distractions all around.
- Learn the words to “Keep the Commandments” (Children’s Songbook, 146–47) and talk about how obeying God’s rules keeps us safe too.