To help each child feel that Jesus Christ loves and blesses all children.
If possible, prepare the following materials for the review game:
Cut a circle about the size of a dinner plate out of heavy paper. Color one-third of the circle red, one-third yellow, and one-third blue.
Make twelve colored cards or pieces of paper: four red, four yellow, and four blue (more cards may be needed for a larger class).
Write a review question such as one of the following on each card:
Whom does Jesus Christ love?
How do you know Jesus loves you?
What did Jesus mean when he said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me”?
What did Jesus’ disciples (helpers) try to do when the parents brought their children to see Jesus?
How did Jesus show he loved the sick and injured people in America?
What did Jesus do after he blessed the children in America?
Whom did the parents in America see standing with their children after Jesus blessed them?
Why did Jesus bless the children?
How can we show our love for Jesus?
Place the cards in a small box or sack with a question mark drawn on the outside.
Bring a button or coin that can be dropped onto the colored circle.
Prepare to sing or say the words to both verses of “I Think When I Read That Sweet Story” (Children’s Songbook, p. 56). The words to this song are included at the back of the manual.
Make the necessary preparations for any enrichment activities you want to use.
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
Follow up with the children if you encouraged them to do something during the week.
Show the box or sack containing the cards for the review game. Tell the children that at the end of the lesson they will play a game. They will need to listen carefully to the lesson so they will know the answers to the questions in the game.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer. Suggest that the child express thanks for Jesus Christ and his love.
As the children leave the class, whisper to each child, “Jesus loves you, and I love you too.”
Choose from the following activities those that will work best for the children in your class. You can use them in the lesson itself or as a review or summary. For additional guidance, see “Class Time” in “Helps for the Teacher.”
Bring to class a small mirror attached to a stiff piece of paper. Do not let the children see the mirror. Hold up the back side of the paper and tell your class that you have a secret picture of someone Jesus Christ loves very much. Allow the children to come up one at a time to view the “picture.” Ask them to keep the picture a secret until everyone has had a turn to look. Remind the children that Jesus loves each of them.
Sing or say the words to “Jesus Loved the Little Children” (Children’s Songbook, p. 59) or “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (Children’s Songbook, p. 74). The words to these songs are included at the back of the manual.
Help the children do the following activity verse:
Jesus loves all children (hold arms outstretched),
The little ones still small (use hand to indicate knee-high child),
The baby in the cradle (form cradle with arms),
The ones so big and tall (raise hands high over head).
(From Finger Fun for Little Folk by Thea Cannon. © 1949 by the Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. Used by permission.)
Repeat as many times as you want.
Make a copy of the drawing of Christ with the children (found at the end of the lesson) for each child. Let the children draw in the faces of the children in the picture and then color their pictures. If you cannot make a copy for each child, make one copy and allow each child in your class to color one of the children in the picture.
Tell the children that if they had been there at the time Jesus Christ lived on earth, he would have taken them into his arms and blessed them too. Remind them that although Jesus is not on the earth right now, he still loves all the people on the earth.