To help each child recognize that Heavenly Father has given each of us talents.
During the week, contact each child’s parents and ask them what talents they have observed in their child. If necessary, suggest some less obvious talents, such as being kind, cheerful, obedient, helpful, forgiving, friendly, or prayerful. Make a list of talents for each child. Add to the lists the talents you have observed in each child.
Using your list, prepare a paper similar to the following for each child. Write the child’s name on a piece of paper. Fold the paper in half. On one half list the child’s talents that you will discuss during the lesson. Leave the other half of the paper blank.
Make sure that each child’s paper has the same number of talents listed and that each child’s list contains at least one talent that can be demonstrated, such as singing, skipping, or reading.
Prepare to demonstrate one of your talents, or bring an item that represents one of your talents.
Crayons or pencils.
Picture 2-57, Heber J. Grant.
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.
Invite a child to give the closing prayer. Suggest that the child thank Heavenly Father for each class member’s talents and ask Heavenly Father to help the children use their talents well.
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.”
Have the children sit in a circle. Hum, sing, or play some recorded music while they pass a beanbag or other soft object around the circle. When the music stops, the child holding the beanbag stands in the center of the circle and performs a talent. Talents could include reciting a poem, singing a song, reading a scripture, hopping on one foot, or drawing a simple picture on the chalkboard. Children could pantomime talents that cannot be demonstrated in the classroom, such as performing an act of kindness or kicking a ball. Ask the children to applaud softly after each child performs.
Continue until every child has had at least one opportunity to perform.
Give each child crayons and a piece of paper on which you have drawn a star (a star pattern can be found at the end of the lesson). Ask the children to color their stars in unusual ways. When all the children are finished coloring, have them display their stars and sing or say the words to the first verse of “Every Star Is Different” (Children’s Songbook, p. 142).
Ev’ry star is different,
And so is ev’ry child.
Some are bright and happy,
And some are meek and mild.
Ev’ry one is needed
For just what he can do.
You’re the only person
Who ever can be you.
(© 1980 by K. Newell Dayley. Used by permission.)
Help the children understand that just as their stars are all different, they are all different because they have different talents and abilities. Remind the children that talents are blessings from Heavenly Father.
Teach the children a simple skill that could be developed into a talent, such as leading a song or making a craft item.