If possible, obtain pictures of birds, insects, and creeping things common in your area.
Cutouts 1-20 through 1-25, birds and insects (similar cutouts can also be found in Primary Visual Aids Cutouts sets 4 and 5).
Picture 1-31, Elijah Being Fed by the Ravens; picture 1-32, Miracle of the Sea Gulls (Gospel Art Picture Kit 413; 62603).
Make the necessary preparations for any Enrichment Activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Explain that Heavenly Father had Jesus Christ create birds for us to enjoy and to make the earth a nice place on which to live. Show the Bible and tell the children that the Bible tells us about the creation of birds (see Genesis 1:20–23).
Explain that different kinds of birds live all over the world. Show any pictures of birds you obtained and the cutout figures of birds, one at a time.
Is this a bird?
How can you tell? (It has wings, feathers, and a beak.)
Let the children talk about any experiences they have had with birds.
Tell the children that Jesus Christ also created insects and creeping things such as spiders and snakes. These creatures are a part of Heavenly Father’s plan.
Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.
Play the butterfly game. Have the children sit in a circle. Choose one child to be the butterfly. This child waves a paper butterfly over the other children’s heads while walking around the outside of the circle. As the child walks around the circle, recite this verse:
One little butterfly flew away
On a very bright, warm summer day.
It flew up in the sky so blue,
And when it landed, it landed on you!
When you say, “It landed on you,” the child who is the butterfly places the paper butterfly in another child’s lap. That child is now the butterfly. Repeat the verse until every child has had a turn to be the butterfly.
Explain in simple terms how a caterpillar becomes a butterfly. Have the children pretend they are caterpillars spinning cocoons. Have them sit on their chairs or on the floor and wrap their arms around their legs, pretending to be asleep. Tell them that when a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, its wings begin to move and stretch. Have the children stretch their arms. Remind the children that butterflies are very quiet, even when they move. Have the children stand and pretend to fly silently around the room.
With the children, sing or say the words to “In the Leafy Treetops” (Children’s Songbook, p. 240) or “The World Is So Big” (Children’s Songbook, p. 235). Use the actions below with “The World Is So Big”:
The world is so big and, oh, so round (form a large circle with arms),
And in it God’s creations are found;
Mountains (put hands in mountain shape over head)
And valleys (put hands palms down in front of body)
And trees so tall (stretch arms up tall),
Animals big (reach up)
And animals small (reach down).
The world is so big and, oh, so round (form a large circle with arms).
God loves us all; our blessings abound (grasp arms and hug self).
Sing or say the words to “All Things Bright and Beautiful” (Children’s Songbook, p. 231), using the actions indicated below:
All things bright and beautiful (make a large circle with arms),
All creatures great and small (extend arms wide, then bring hands close together),
All things wise and wonderful (point a finger at head),
The Lord God made them all (fold arms as if in prayer).
Each little flower that opens (make fists, then open hands),
Each little bird that sings (bring fingers and thumbs together like bird beaks),
He made their glowing colors (wave arm in rainbow-shaped gesture);
He made their tiny wings (flap hands like wings).
Bring a jar of honey for the children to see or taste. (Check with the children’s parents to make sure none of the children is allergic to honey.)
Help the children do one or both of the following finger plays:
Two little tweety birds sat upon a wall (place a finger on each shoulder),
One named Peter (raise the left finger)
And one named Paul (raise the right finger).
Fly away, Peter (place the left finger behind the back);
Fly away, Paul (place the right finger behind the back).
Come back, Peter (place the left finger on the shoulder again);
Come back, Paul (place the right finger on the shoulder again).
Here is the beehive (cup left hand downward).
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees (hide fingers of right hand under cupped left hand).
Soon they’ll come flying out of the hive (bring right hand out and hold up one finger at a time as children count).
One, two, three, four, five! BZZZ!
Show a simple picture, cutout figure, or drawing of a bird. Tell the children that Heavenly Father had Jesus Christ create birds (see Genesis 1:20–23). Express your gratitude for birds.
Explain that birds have special beaks to help them pick up their food. Have the children hold their hands up to their mouths like beaks and pretend to pick up food. Explain that birds also have wings to help them fly. Have the children flap their arms and pretend to fly.
Sing or say the words to “Birds in the Tree” (Children’s Songbook, p. 241), using the actions indicated below:
We will find a little nest (cup hands together)
In the branches of a tree (hold arms up rounded over head).
Let us count the eggs inside;
There are one, two, three (hold up one, two, and three fingers).
Mother bird sits on the nest (cup left hand; place right hand on top)
To hatch the eggs, all three (hold up three fingers).
Father bird flies round and round (move arms in a flying motion)
To guard his family.
Help the children do the following finger play:
Eency weency spider went up the water spout (use two fingers of one hand to “climb” the opposite arm).
Down came the rain and washed the spider out (raise hands above head, then lower while wiggling fingers).
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain (make a circle overhead with arms).
Then the eency weency spider went up the spout again (repeat action from first line).