Gracie knows and loves the Prophet of our church: Thomas S. Monson.
We all do but she feels a special love for him. For a long time she prayed for him to be "better". This was after the conference were he was a bit unstable and sick.
When we were watching conference Daniel and I had a strong reaction to what had happened. In the way that we were concerned and told Gracie we needed to say a prayer for him because he was sick. For a long time after that, she prayed for him. It was so so sweet. Every now and again she will still throw in a "And please bless the Prophet Thomas S Monson to be better." (The Prophet Thomas S Monson is his full name in Gracie's eyes and you have to say the whole thing. She kills me.)
This activity was one of my favorites because it was SO stinkin' easy to do and is something that can be continually used.
Scripture: D&C 21: 4-7
Lesson: Follow the Prophet
We told Gracie about the Prophet and how he speaks for God on Earth. That when Thomas S. Monson speaks, we believe he is speaking for God. So that's why it is so important to listen to what he says. We told her that the prophet will never tell her something that's bad or wrong and if she listens to him always, she will be safe and happy.
I had some popsicle sticks left over from Gracie's third birthday party. So I took two and taped them together. I used 12 sticks all together.
Then I printed out a picture of Thomas S. Monson and then I glued it on with adhesive spray. IT IS SO STICKY AT FIRST SO BE CAREFUL. Don't spray unless you are READY.
Then I wrote the words 'Follow the Prophet Don't Go Astray" on the back.
I mixed up the pieces and had her put them together to show the prophets face. Then we turned it over and we talked about the words and their meaning.
I figured it can be a two way puzzle when she gets a bit bigger and can read.
I think the next puzzle I make, I will laminate the strips of the picture and then hot glue them on to the sticks. The adhesive spray was so messy and I ended up gluing them down again later.
This was a 5 minute, 10 minute tops lesson. She played with that puzzle a lot at church (GREAT QUIET TOY AT CHURCH!) and at home. It eventually met it's demise which is why I recommend LAMINATING THE STRIPS if you want it to last a really long time. If not, just make another one! It didn't take me long at all to do.
You can make TONS of these things: draw scriptures, Jesus, a church, any kind of image you want on these things and BAM, you have a puzzle. Easy and cheap.
Other FHE activities:
Quorum of the 12 Flash Cards
I Have A Body