Consider the Lilies, Day #4

Hi! I am Rachel from Family Ever After. I love Easter, and I’m happy to be a guest on Amanda’s blog!
Easter is a special time in our home, and this year I am making a concentrated effort to help my children understand why it is that we truly celebrate Easter. It is such a neat time to learn about the last week of Christ’s life spent ministering on Earth. There is so much symbolism to be found… 

Spring (newness of life), the Sun (Jesus is the light of the world), Easter Grass (mortality doesn’t last forever, it withers like the grass, Christ offers Eternal Life), Easter Eggs (newness of life, resurrection), Lambs (Lamb of God, Good Shepherd), Flowers (many important events happened in gardens- the Fall in the Garden of Eden, the Atonement in the Garden of Gethsemane, the Resurrection in the Garden of the Empty Tomb). In this blog post, I am focusing on the Easter Lily, and how it relates to the phrase, “He is Risen.”

LESSON: EASTER LILY
Content-
Lilies are Easter flowers because they teach and remind us of Christ in 3 ways.
1. Consider the Lilies of the Field- Faith in Christ
While Jesus lived on the earth, he taught, through the imagery of lilies, about having faith in 
Him: “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they 
grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: …Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the 
field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe 
you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What 
shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? …for your heavenly Father knoweth 
that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his 
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” Matthew 6:28, 30-33. 
When we see the lilies, we can remember that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know us, and they know our needs. When we have faith in Jesus Christ, He will provide for us in all that we need. 
2. Bulbs to Blooms- Burial to Resurrection
Lilies are flowers that grow from bulbs. Bulbs stay buried in the ground all winter, and in 
spring blossom forth with beautiful life. Jesus was buried in a tomb for three days, and then 
came forth in a perfect form, having immortal life. Lilies remind us of this miracle and 
symbolize the hope we have of everlasting life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and provided a way for all of us to rise again after we die. 
3. Trumpet Ushers in the Second Coming of Christ
Lilies are shaped like what instrument? (trumpets) “In the scriptures, trumpets are used to sound warnings, proclaim news, and herald visitors. Moroni holds a horn to his lips with his right hand, symbolizing both the spreading of the gospel throughout the world and the long-anticipated Second Coming of the Savior, which will be announced by trumpet-blowing angels” (“Looking Up to Moroni” by Wendy Kenney, November 2009 New Era). 
The trumpet shape of the lily reminds us that trumpets will herald (announce) the second coming of Christ.
Matthew 24:31 “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” 
Joel 2:1 “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand.” 
(Content compiled by Jen Lund)
Visual Aids- 
a bouquet of Easter lilies or picture of lilies in a field
lily bulbs
picture of resurrected Christ
Moroni with trumpet
Audio-
listen to “Consider the Lilies” sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Printable-
Download this free 8×10 printable here.
Craft-
Make handprint lilies. 
Supplies needed: paper, markers, glitter, yellow and green pipe cleaners, tape, scissors.
Directions: Trace hands on white paper. Allow children to color and decorate as desired. Cut out as many as you want for the lily blooms. Roll the handprint vertically to form a funnel shape. Secure the side with clear tape. Roll each finger down to form the curls of each bloom. Cut yellow pipe cleaner ~3” (1 for each bloom). Loosely curve the yellow piece to form a U shape. Wrap the top of a green pipe cleaner at the bottom of the U. Curl the ends of the yellow cleaner to form the center of the bloom. Insert the completed green stem into the center of the bloom and pull through. Display the 
lilies in a vase or wrap with a ribbon.
I hope you find this useful, perhaps as a Family Home Evening lesson, or a Primary lesson in church. May you have a happy Easter!


Jesus Loves Me, Day #2


Hello! It’s Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts! I am so excited to be participating in the 14 Days of Christ series! I think it’s a wonderful thing to do with your family this Easter season! 🙂 Speaking of family ~ I have a fun, wild & crazy one that’s for sure! ha! 😉 My husband & I have 5 beautiful & active children ages 16 to 4. They sure do keep it interesting around here. 🙂 Over on my blog I share fun crafts, easy recipes, organization tips & more.
One of our favorite spring time traditions (that we have done several times over the years) is to hatch eggs in an incubator. We usually hatch chickens, but this year we have some turkey eggs in our incubator! I’ll have to do an update on our turkey chicks on my blog in about 28 days or so. 
We also use this tradition to teach our kiddos about the wonderful creations that Jesus has made for us. We talk about how much Jesus loves them, and how he has created this beautiful world full of wonderful things just for us. It’s amazing to see one of Heavenly Father’s creations up close. It’s so fun watching my kiddos seeing the miracle of life. We still laugh when we think about my youngest daughter asking, “How did that chicken get in the egg?” She just couldn’t figure that one out! haha! 😉

I know many of you probably aren’t able to hatch your own chicks but maybe you could take your kiddos to a petting zoo, classroom or farm that has some chicks hatching. It really is an amazing thing to watch. You can also find lots of fun egg hatching videos online, too. I’ve included a link to a super cool hatching video below along with some other fun activities to go along with the Jesus Loves Me theme for today.

Today’s Activity:

Watch this video of chicks hatching or visit a petting zoo or farm. 🙂

Talk about how Jesus created the animals for us. Tell them that Jesus created the world, plants, animals & our families for us because he loves us. You could also talk about why we color Easter eggs & hunt eggs at Easter. Eggs symbolize new life & are a symbol of Christ’s resurrection.

Song: 

I Know That My Savior Loves Me

Lesson Ideas: 
Treat:
Lil’ Chick Cookie Cups from The Gunny Sack
Handouts: 
I also made these handouts to include in your 14 days of Christ notebooks. 🙂
You can just right click on the image & save to your computer.
With this handout have your older kids list all the ways
that they know that Jesus loves them.
For younger kiddos you could have them draw a picture.
This handout is the chorus of one of my favorite songs.
You can really feel the love of the Savior when you hear this song.
I made one where you can add a picture of you & the Savior.
Then I made a handout with just the words. Enjoy! 🙂

 

Jesus is the Light of the World

Welcome to the first day of our 14 Day Walk with Christ.  I hope you and your family enjoy these lessons and take time to Come unto Christ as we anticipate the wonderful celebration of Easter.

Day #1 – Jesus is the Light of the World
Lesson Printable:  Download PDF, Download JPEG
This lesson is a little backwards as we are doing the activity/craft first.  We are making lanterns to be used in the lesson.
 
Activity: Mason Jar Lanterns
Supplies: Mod Podge, Mason Jars, Tissue Paper, Wire. Paper Punch, colored tissue paper, tea light
I used a hexagon shape paper punch, you can use any shape to cut the colored tissue.  Mod Podge the tissue paper shapes to the outside of the jar.  Let dry.  Wrap wire around the mouth of the jar to secure and form a handle.  Place a tea light in the jar.

Have everyone design their own pattern – you can’t mess them up!  They all turn out cute!!

Lesson:
Begin the lesson by turing off all the lights, or going into a dark room.  Have a discussion about light and darkness.  What types of physical light do we need in our life (sun, flashlight, light bulbs, candles, headlights, night light, moon, etc.) ?  How do you feel in the dark?  Do you remember a time you were afraid of the dark?  
One by one, light the tea lights in each person’s lantern and notice how the light gets brighter with each light.

Light always dispels darkness, it can never be the other way around.
Sing: Teach me to Walk in the Light of His Love
Scripture:  John 8:12 – Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
 
 He also declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). He is the way and He is the light because His teachings light our path in mortal life and show us the way back to the Father.
 
What does “the path” refer to?
How can we feel spiritual darkness?
How can Jesus light your path?
 
As we keep the Lord’s commandments, we see his light ever brighter on our path and we realize the fulfillment of Isaiah’s promise, “And the Lord shall guide thee continually” (Isa. 58:11).
 
And so we see that Jesus Christ is the light of the world because he is the source of the light that quickens our understanding, because his teachings and his example illuminate our path, and because his power persuades us to do good.” – Dallin H Oaks
 
Sometimes the path is hard
Jesus taught that “there will be times when you will walk a path strewn with thorns and marked by struggle. There may be times when you feel detached—even isolated—from the Giver of every good gift.” For these times, he reminded us that “we were not placed on this earth to walk alone. … He will be there for us to provide help if we but ask.  Two ways we can find comfort: as we remember prayer and take time to turn to the scriptures, our lives will be infinitely more blessed and our burdens will be made lighter.” Thomas S. Monson
Journal time:
What is “the path” and where is my path leading?
How can Jesus light your way?  What can we do to see the light?
How have you felt Him light your path?

If you have little ones who have a hard time writing in a journal, they might enjoy coloring this picture:

14-Day Walk With Christ 2014

I am so excited to announce my 14-Day Walk with Christ begins on Sunday, April 6th.  This has been such a memorable tradition in our family.  Ever day for the 2 weeks leading up to Easter I will post a lesson about Jesus that you share with your family.  Many of the lessons will include activities or crafts or games.  The goal is to spend 2 weeks growing closer to the Savior as you prepare for Easter.
I have some fabulous guest bloggers contributing this year:
Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts
Rachel from Family Ever After
Jessica from Latter-Day Chatter
Marci from Marci Coombs
Heather from Raising Memories
Melanie from LDS Handouts
I can’t wait to see their creative lessons!
Here is the schedule of the lessons in case you want to print the topics out and put them in your 14-Day Calendar.
I will post each lesson in the evening so you can prepare to share the lesson the next day.  (Technically you will begin on Monday, but the lesson will be up Sunday night)
Day #1 – Jesus is the Light of the World
Day #2 – Jesus Loves Me
Day #3 – Jesus is our Foundation
Day #4 – Jesus is our Example
Day #5 – Christ-Like Attributes: Obedience
Day #6 – Christ-like Attributes: Faith
Day #7 – Christ-like Attributes: Patience
Day #8 – Christ-like Attributes: Charity & Love
Day #9 – Service
Day #10 -Parables: 10 Virgins
Day #11-Parables: Sheep & the Goats
Day #12 -Parables: the Sower
Day #13 -Jesus Christ our Savior
Day # 14 -Atonement & Resurrection
If you would like to view last year’s lessons, click HERE.
Last year we did a printable journal.  You can make a special journal for the 2 weeks or use your current journal.  There will be journal questions after each lesson and a hand-out you can glue in your journal as a reminder of the lesson.  Let me know if you have any questions and I hope you join us!!

Day 14 – Easter

 I can’t believe today is Easter.  What a fun 2 weeks it’s been.  My plan was to hike up the hill by our house to watch the sunrise.  However, it has turned cold and I don’t want to make everyone sit in the freezing cold for a lesson.  So, we are getting up early and sitting around the fire and sharing our thoughts and feelings about Jesus and reflecting on the past 2 weeks.  We are also going to watch the video, He is RisenWe will write one last entry in our journals of our testimony of Jesus Christ.
I hope you and your family have a memorable Easter and I hope you have enjoyed this journey with me.  Thanks for reading!!!

Day 13 Resurrection

 
Resurrection Eggs
Preparation:  you need 12 plastic eggs.  Number them 1 through 12.  Below I have the number and corresponding items and scriptures.  (you could also place a little treat in each one.)  Place them inside the eggs.   Hide the 12 eggs.Have the children find the 12 eggs.  Open the egg and read each scripture beginning with egg #1.  This will take you through the Easter story.   There are pictures to go with just about every scripture.  Click HERE for the pictures.  The scriptures began with Christ’s entry into Jerusalem.

Here are the Scripture references for the 12 eggs:
1. Ride on a Donkey – Matthew 21:1-9
2. Silver Coins – Matthew 26:14-16, 46-50; 27:1-5
3. Passover Cup – Matthew 26:17-19, 26-28
4. Praying Hands – Mark 14: 32-42
5. Leather Whip – John 19; 1-15 Matthew 27:26-31
6. Crown of Thorns – Matthew 27:29-31
7. Nails in the Cross – John 19: 16-22
8. Dice for Gambling – John 19: 23-25
9. Soldier’s Spear – John 19:31-37
10. Linen Wrapping – Matthew 27: 57-61
11. Stone of the Tomb – Matthew 28:1-3
12. Empty Tomb – Matthew 28:5-8

Activity
For the past 15 years it is a tradition in our family to make “Resurrection Rolls.”  I didn’t come up with this recipe – it’s one of those things that gets passed around.  This is how we make them:

Ingredients:
Crescent Rolls (I was NOT happy with the Wal Mart brand)
Cinnamon & Sugar mixture
Butter
Regular size marshmallows
Step 1 – Roll out the dough
The cresecnet rolls come in triangles.  Each person needs 2 triangls.  You need to pat them into a rectangle or square.  Make sure there are NO holes or thin spots.  This dough is going to represent the tomb (you will see why in a minute).
Step 2 – Melt the butter – you only need about 1/4 cup.

Step 3
The Marshmallow represents Jesus’ body.  Take the marshmallow and dip it in the melted butter and roll it in the cinnamon & sugar mixture.  This represents the oils and spices used to prepare the body.

Step 4 – Next place the marshmallow in the middle of your dough rectangle.  I added a little more cinnamon on top of the marshmallow.  This next part is tricky.  You want to wrap the marshmallow inside the dough without having any holes.  They don’t look pretty – don’t worry….they will taste yummy.  Keep working the dough till it covers the marshmallow completely.

  The process of putting the marshmallow inside the dough represents Jesus’ body laid in the tomb.
Lovely!  Now bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes.  I baked them on parchment paper.
You can see where our seam separated.  Most likely the steam will find its way out.  You want the marshmallow to puff up, letting the dough around it puff up and hold its shape while baking.  Ours turned out okay.  I would like to blame the Wal Mart brand dough.  It was not fun to work with.
When you cut it open, it will be hollow inside and the marshmallow will be gone.  The is just like when the tomb was found empty because Jesus had been resurrected.  My 5 year old was very concerned where the marshmallow went!!
I hope your family enjoys making these.  This is my children’s favorite part of Easter.  We look forward to making these every year.  AND they are super delicious!!!
Handout:  Click HERE
Journal
Make sure to write in your journal.  Maybe the children can summarize the events that took place and the scriptures they read.  How do you feel knowing Jesus died for you and suffered all things for you that you may have eternal life?

Day 12 Gratitude

Attention Activity:
Slice a lemon into sections and let everyone have a taste.  Talk about how sour it is.  What do we usually do with lemons?  How do we make lemonade?  Have you ever heard the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  What do you think that means.  What about this saying, “When life gets sour….sweeten it with Gratitude.”  You can make lemonade now, or at the end of the lesson…if you want.
Gratitude Video
This is a quick 1.5 minute video on gratitude.  Click HERE
Scripture Example:
Read Luke 17: 11-19.  This is the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers and only one giving thanks to Jesus.
What blessing came to all the lepers?
What additional blessing came to the leper who gave thanks?
What do you think the difference is between being healed and being made whole?
Adults as well as youth are often guilty, being disobedient and unthankful to their Heavenly Father who gives them all. Many fail to show their gratitude through service, through family prayers, etc.
“Regardless of our circumstances, each of us has much for which to be grateful if we will but pause and contemplate our blessings.  This is a wonderful time to be on earth. While there is much that is wrong in the world today, there are many things that are right and good. There are marriages that make it, parents who love their children and sacrifice for them, friends who care about us and help us, teachers who teach. Our lives are blessed in countless ways.  We can lift ourselves and others as well when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues. Someone has said that “gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” Thomas S. Monson
Discuss things you and your family have gratitude for.
Things you can do TODAY to start showing Gratitude:  source
Start a gratitude journal.
Tell someone you love,
how much you appreciate them.
Send a thank you note to someone.
Start a list of things that make you happy.
Offer a prayer of thanksgiving.
Sit down to dinner and share
something you grateful for today.
Copy a quote about gratitude
and put it on your fridge
(or somewhere else you will see it often).
Give something away.
Do something nice for someone else.
Give at least five compliments
to people you see.
Be more obedient to one of
the Lord’s commandments.
Start and end your day with
a grateful thought.
Make a scrapbook page about
something you are thankful for.

Give thanks before meals

Gratitude Game:
Ahead of time, write items on slips of paper.  These can be anything: trees, birds, fish, pets, house, rocks, grass, our country, tissues, teachers, music, cell phones, our country, fruit, hot water, school, teachers, etc.

Divide into 2 teams.
One team will select a piece of paper and read it out loud.  The other team will have 3 seconds to say what they appreciate about that item.

Other Gratitude Activities: 
Play gratitude pictionary or cherades.
Have the children take pictures or collect pictures of things they are grateful for.  Make a family gratitude board out of the pictures or play a game where you have to guess whose picture it is.
Take turns going around in a circle naming what you are grateful for – only you have to name things in alphabetical order.
Write letters of gratitude and send to people

 Craft: Make Gratitude Rocks (I found this idea on MetroFamily)

You need river rocks, paint, Mod Podge (or white glue), magazines

Collect your rocks – you may need to wash them.  Have everyone paint their rocks.  Put your name on the rock.  We got creative and the children painted them many different colors!!

Next get your magazines out and cut out words describing why you are grateful for each person in your family.

Use a paint brush and brush the rock with Mod Podge.  Arrange the words all over the rock and Mod Podge the top, making sure to smooth out the papers.  Let dry.
I think they are so fun and unique – just like each person.  I also think I will be less likely to throw these painted rocks in the trash!!
Handout:
If you have lemons – it might be fun to make lemonade to tie back into the beginning of the lesson.  Click HERE for the handout.
Journal:
Write things you are grateful for.  How can you have more gratitude in your life?

Day #11 Parable of the Bicycle

Today’s lesson is my favorite modern-day parable.  It is the Parable of the Bicycle written by Stephen E. Robinson.  It was first given in a BYU Devotional Address in 1990.  If you have time,  I recommend you read the entire address.  I have read it several times and just read it again.  I think it is life-changing and inspiring.
The story was published in an illustrated children’s book titled, You are Priceless, the parable of the bicycle.  This is one of my favorite books to read to my children and I always end up crying as I read it.  If you don’t have the book, here is an excerpt from the devotional talk by Stephen E. Robinson.
Read as a family:

“After I had come home from school one day, I was sitting in a chair reading the newspaper. My daughter Sarah, who was seven years old, came in and said, “Dad, can I have a bike? I’m the only kid on the block who doesn’t have a bike.”

Well, I didn’t have enough money to buy her a bike, so I stalled her and said, “Sure, Sarah.”
She said, “How? When?”

I said, “You save all your pennies, and pretty soon you’ll have enough for a bike.” And she went away.

A couple of weeks later as I was sitting in the same chair, I was aware of Sarah doing something for her mother and getting paid. She went into the other room and I heard “clink, clink.” I asked, “Sarah, what are you doing?”

She came out and she had a little jar all cleaned up with a slit cut in the lid and a bunch of pennies in the bottom. She looked at me and said, “You promised me that if I saved all my pennies, pretty soon I’d have enough for a bike. And, Daddy, I’ve saved every single one of them.”

She’s my daughter, and I love her. My heart melted. She was doing everything in her power to follow my instructions. I hadn’t actually lied to her. If she saved all of her pennies she would eventually have enough for a bike, but by then she would want a car. But her needs weren’t being met. Because I love her, I said, “Let’s go downtown and look at bikes.”

We went to every store in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Finally we found it—the perfect bicycle, the one she knew in the premortal existence. She got up on that bike; she was thrilled. She then saw the price tag, reached down, and turned it over. When she saw how much it cost, her face fell and she started to cry. She said, “Oh Dad, I’ll never have enough for a bicycle.”

So I said, “Sarah, how much do you have?”

She answered, “Sixty-one cents.”

“I’ll tell you what. You give me everything you’ve got and a hug and a kiss, and the bike is yours.” Well, she’s never been stupid. She gave me a hug and a kiss. She gave me the sixty-one cents. Then I had to drive home very slowly because she wouldn’t get off the bike. She rode home on the sidewalk, and as I drove along slowly beside her it occurred to me that this was a parable for the Atonement of Christ.

We all want something desperately—it isn’t a bicycle. We want the celestial kingdom. We want to be with our Father in Heaven. And no matter how hard we try, we come up short. At some point we realize, “I can’t do this!” That was the point my wife had reached. It is at that point that the sweetness of the gospel covenant comes to our taste as the Savior proposes, “I’ll tell you what. All right, you’re not perfect. How much do you have? What can you do? Where are you now? Give me all you’ve got, and I’ll pay the rest. Give me a hug and a kiss; enter into a personal relationship with me, and I will do what remains undone.”

There is good news and bad news here. The bad news is that he still requires our best effort. We must try, we must work—we must do all that we can. But the good news is that having done all we can, it is enough—for now. Together we’ll make progress in the eternities, and eventually we will become perfect—but in the meantime, we are perfect only in a partnership, in a covenant relationship with him. Only by tapping his perfection can we hope to qualify.”

Journal:
How do you feel knowing we can’t make it back to Heavenly Father on our own and that Jesus, our Savior, is there and has made up all the difference?  How can you earn your “61 cents”?  How can we do all that we can?  How does this give you hope?

Handout:
I made a pink bike version and a green bike version.  Click HERE to download.
 

If you have time, it would be fun to take a family bike ride!!

 

 

Parable of the Talents Day #10

Today is Day 10 – the Parable of the Talents
Attention Activity:  Talent Hunt
Preparation: You need some kind of pretend coins.  We are using chocolate coins.  Before the lesson, label each coin with a “talent”.  Here are a few ideas:
good friend
kind
good listener
obedient
piano
singing
math
example
sports
patient
caring for others
creative
good leader
smart
funny
Hide the coins and tell the children to try and find as many coins as they can.  Each child will most likely find a different amount of coins.

Scripture Discussion
Read the parable of the talents Matthew 25: 13-30.
In the parable, the talents refer to pieces of money. For us talents mean abilities we can develop to bless and help others.

  • Why did the Master give different amounts of money?
  • How do your talents differ from your friend’s talents or members in your family?
  • Why does Heavenly Father give us different talents?
  • What did the servants who were given five and two talents do with their money?
  • How do you think they were able to double their money?
  • How can hard work be a blessing to us?
  • What did the servant who was given one talent do with his money?
  • Why do you think he did this?
  • Why do you think some people don’t develop their talents?
  • What happens to people’s talents if they do nothing with them?
Have each child read what talents they found during the talent hunt.  Decide who got the most talents.  Discuss how we should feel toward that person.  Who got the least amount of coins?  Have each child consider the talents they found and talk about how they can bless the lives of other people with these talents.

Journal Activity:
Have everyone write their name on top of today’s journal page.  Pass the pages around and have each member of the family list a few talents of that person.  Encourage your family to look for talents that may not be obvious.  Once you get your own journal page back, have everyone read what was written.  Then have everyone write in their own journal what additional talents they have and how they can use these talents to bless the lives of other people and glorify God.
Handout:
Click HERE to download today’s handout.  Have the children glue a penny in the circle.  (I found the poem on Sugerdoodle, the author is anonymous.)

Day #9 Miracles

Attention Activity:
Spread out a quilt or blanket and have everyone come sit on it.  (It would be fun to do this outside if the weather permits.)  Tell everyone you are going on a pretend picnic.  Then play the following game:
The person that is “It”  begins by saying, “Hi, my name is ___________ and I am going on a picnic.  I am bringing my _______________.  Ahead of time the “It” person thinks of a pattern that the others in the group must guess.  For example, she could say her name is Amanda and she is bringing her Aunt to the picnic.  The pattern would be you bring something that begins with the letter of your first name to the picnic.  Then it goes to the next person and the next person says, “Hi my name is ________ and I am bringing my __________ to the picnic, may I come?”  If the 2nd person has figured out the pattern, the “It” person will say, “Yes.”  This continues until everyone can come to the picnic.  You can start a new round and the next “It” player can decide a new pattern.  Examples are: Choosing things in alphabetical order, choosing things with 2 syllables, choosing things with double letters, choosing items in a certain food group or category.  You can also make this more challenging by having each player repeat what has been said before them, “Hi, I am Amanda and I am going on a picnic.  I am bringing, apples, bananas, cherries, and dates.”  The pattern here is alphabetical fruit!  This might be hard for small children, so adapt as necessary.
Scripture Discussion:
In the bible during Jesus’ time, there is a story about a different kind of picnic.  There were many people following Jesus all day, watching him perform miracles.  They became very, very hungry and there wasn’t anywhere to buy food or enough money if it were possible to purchase it.
Read the Story of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes in  John 6:5-13 and Mark 6:34-44
How many people were gathered together?
Where did they sit?
Where did they find the fish and the loaves?
What size were they?
Was everyone able to eat?
Who did Jesus ask to give the food to the multitude?
How much food was left over?
What would you have thought if you were part of the 5,000 people?
Christ’s miracles offered a proof that He is the Messiah, the Son of God.  He said, “The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me”.  Through miracles mankind “might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing…might have life through His name.” (John 20:31)
“Have our children felt the power of the Savior’s miracles? Jesus healed the leper, gave sight to the blind.  He fed the 5,000,  calmed the sea, and raised Lazarus from the dead.  Do our children believe that “it is by faith that miracles are wrought,” and do they pray for miracles in their own lives? Elder Neal L. Andersen 
If you have time and your children are a little bit older, you can do this Miracles of Jesus matching game.  It would also be nice to discuss more of Jesus’ miracles or even watch a few brief videos depicting the miracles.
Are there Miracles today?  YES!!!
“Miracles come to those who have faith.  Remember, faith proceeds and produces miracles for which we have no immediate explanation within our experience.” Elder Marcus B. Nash.
Talk about miracles you have seen in your life and in your family.  Explain that miracles are very personal.
Activity:  Faith Fish
Print and cut out the fish.  Attach a paperclip to each one.  Attach a maganet to a piece of string and attach it to a sitck or dowel (make a fishing pole).  Have each of the children take turns “fishing”.  You can set up a sheet or fish over the back of the couch or off the stairs, etc.  When the child catches a fish, have them read what is on the fish and tell how that can help us build our faith so we can recieve miracles in our life.

Handout: Click HERE for fish and handout
Journal:
What is your favorite miracle of Jesus?  Write down miracles you have received in your life.  What can we do to increase our faith in Jesus so we can receive more miracles.