Monday, April 23, 2012

Fun FHE!

I bought a few things because I wanted the boys to plant some seeds of grass for another fun activity I have on my mind (I'll post about this activity later). Anyway, I thought it would be fun if I created an FHE around this activity, and this is what I came up with: Planting a seed is just like what Heavenly Father does when he plants talents in each of us.

This is a picture of a few of the supplies I needed for this FHE (sorry for the glare, I'm definitely not a professional photographer). I used some cups, soil, grass seeds, a small white board, a picture (of a quote that went with the theme), and my FHE planning guide so I wouldn't get off track. We started with a song and a prayer. We sang "Give Said the Little Stream" because it seemed appropriate. Next I explained what a talent is and that everyone has talents. With a little help Jackson finally understood the concept.

Once Jackson understood what a talent was we took turns discussing what special talents we all have been given. Daddy did a good job being our scribe. Jackson came up with some funny talents for each of us. Jackson thinks his best talent was his fantastic singing abilities. Jackson thinks Austin's best talent is playing; Daddy's best talent is drawing; and my best talent is feeding Austin (my talent makes me laugh). Anyway, these are all the talents we came up with.

Next we read the scripture, Matthew 25:29. It's about not hiding our talents, but rather, we should share our talents with others. We also talked about the dandelion picture which says:
"Be careful what you choose...
Because as you know
The type of seed you plant
is exactly what you'll grow"

Planting the seeds was the object lesson. The cup is like our body, the soil like the Spirit, and the seeds are the talents that Heavenly Father gives to each of us. Then I let Jackson plant 2 cups of grass seeds for himself and 2 cups of grass seeds for Austin. He really liked playing in the dirt.

I really like the idea of treats for FHE, but Jackson is so picky he doesn't even like most treats. I hit the jackpot with this FHE treat. It's not only delicious, but it's also good for you and low in calories. You just take grapes and wash them, then while they are wet throw them in a plastic baggy with a package of lime jello and shake them up until their coated in the lime jello powder, and refidgerate. They're supposed to taste like Sour Patch Kids, but they don't really. They have the same texture as Sour Patch Kids, but they don't taste the same. This treat is delicious even if it doesn't taste just like Sour Patch Kids. Jackson LOVED them! Win-win!!

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