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Simple Ideas for Primary 2: Lesson 37

on September 9, 2016

Teaching a group of young children can be a daunting task.  So, my husband and I like to keep our lessons simple.  Here’s the basic schedule we follow:

  • 5-10 minute Bathroom Break
  • 5-10 minute Sharing (Class members share ways they Chose the Right during the week)
  • 20-25 minute Lesson
  • 15-20 minute Art Activity


In each of my Simple Ideas for Primary 2 Lessons posts, I’ll be sharing our basic lesson outline, Art Activity ideas, etc.  Also, be sure to check out the Free BI Originals tab for more resources!


Primary 2: Lesson 37 ~ Outline

Scripture Discussion: The Fourth Commandment (Exodus 20:8-11)

  • “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:  But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:  For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”
  • Ask: Why is the seventh day of the week set apart as the Sabbath day?
  • Ask: What do we do on the Sabbath to keep it holy?


Object Lesson: Exercise Your Spiritual Muscles

  • Bring a pair of hand weights, other small exercise equipment, or a picture of someone exercising to share with your class.
  • Ask: If we want our muscles to get stronger, what do we have to do?
  • Show the children your visual aid.
  • Explain that there are spiritual exercises we can do to keep our spirit strong.  One of those things is observing the Sabbath.  When we honor the Sabbath day, read our scriptures, say our prayers, and do everything we can to choose the right, our spiritual muscles are strengthened.  But, if we fail to do those spiritual exercises, we will not receive the strength and power we need, and our spiritual muscles will become weak.  When that happens, we will not be able to withstand or defeat the evil around us.


Scripture Story: Jesus Heals the Man with the Withered Hand (Matthew 12:10-13)

  • Tell the children that when Jesus was alive, the leaders of the church had made strict rules about what the people could and could not do on the Sabbath.  But, choosing to focus so much on the rules distracted them from the spirit of the Sabbath (the real purpose of the Sabbath).
  • Read or tell the story of Jesus healing the man with the withered hand.
  • Ask: What was Jesus trying to teach the people in the synagogue?
  • Explain that Jesus wants us to do good on the Sabbath.


Discussion Activity: The Sabbath is a Delight

  • Prepare the activity below by: 1 – printing the page below, 2 – cutting out the pictures, and 3 – gluing each picture together with the corresponding text.
  • Instead of making a mobile, have reverent children draw each picture to discuss.
  • You can also use this as a class activity for the children to take home, if you want to.

From: LDS.org


Activity: Sunday Cans

  • For this activity, you’ll need enough empty cans for each child in your class.
  • Prepare a list of appropriate Sunday activities, or let the children make their own.  These activities can be written or printed on paper, or written on craft sticks.
  • You can print out the label below to attach to each can.
From: LDS.org

From: LDS.org


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