We had a really wonderful family home evening tonight that was simple and really kept the kids attention. As you can tell, tonight we learned all about Faith, and likened it unto a seed. The printable I made above includes some of the words to my favorite primary song, Faith. I can't hear it without tearing up. I love having printables like this for one reason. I always print them off and display them for our lesson, but then we hang them on a magnet board right by our kitchen table for the whole week. It is a great reminder of what we learned and what we are focusing on that week.
After we sang our opening song, Faith, we discussed with the kids what faith was. We read in Alma 32 and the kids told us some of the things they had faith in. Things like Jesus, the Holy Ghost, church and the temple :) Then we talked about how we can compare faith to a seed, and just like a seed, our faith needs certain things to help it grow to become big and strong.
First we talked about how it can be hard to start planting seeds, so you can use different gardening tools to make it easier. It can also be hard to begin growing your faith, that is why we have parents and primary teachers that will share their faith and testimonies with us. (This is when my favorite quote of the night came...Skylar says, "I don't know Mom...my faith is pretty ginormous already." :)
Then we talked about how seeds need water to help them grow. Our faith too needs nourishment...the kind that comes from reading our scriptures and praying to Heavenly Father.
Finally we discussed how seeds MUST have sunshine. Just as the seeds need the sun, our faith also needs the light...the light of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
After our lesson I got out these super cute pots and chalkboard planter signs I got in the Dollar Spot at Target. I wrote "faith" on each of the signs and we were ready to plant us some seeds :)
First we needed to get our soil...
Then we pushed our seeds down into the middle...
Finally we watered them all and brought them back inside!
Now they are sitting happily on our window sill, just waiting to grow! I told the kids every time we water our "faith" seeds it will remind us to nourish the faith we have in our heart.
Then we ate our yummy Jelly Bean Flower Cupcakes and called it a night! :)
Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out our family home evening ideas. I was struck in conference once again about the sacred responsibility we have as parents to teach and guide our children. It feels SO overwhelming to me practically all the time...but I also have FAITH that as we do the small and simple things in our homes, Heavenly Father will bless us and our families.