|Noah and Keeping Promises|
This lesson uses the story of Noah and the Ark to lead into a discussion on keeping promises. It's appropriate for primary age children.Preparation:
Print Noah's Ark pictures. I used the pictures from the following site and saved them to my hard drive. I then enlarged the pictures and printed them on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. I also printed the story blurbs and pasted them to the back of each picture.
Print Promise Coupon Book. I printed one book for each child in the family then stapled it on the top left corner to form a book.
Hold one picture up at a time as you tell the story of Noah's Ark. Read scripture references to reinforce the story and principles being taught. I tried the method of asking my children what they thought was happening in each picture before reading each story blurb or scripture. There's an excellent article describing this method in the January 2002 Ensign.
At the end of the story, discuss the promise that Heavenly Father made to Noah (he would never flood the earth again) and the symbol of that promise (the rainbow).
Ask if Heavenly Father has kept the promise he made to Noah. Ask them how they would feel if Heavenly Father didn't keep his promise. Explain that Heavenly Father always keeps his promises and he expects us to keep our promises too.
Discuss how important it is for us to remember and keep the promises we make. Read one of the following stories from the Friend:
Hand out the Promise Coupon Books to each child. Tell them to think of a promise they would like to record in their promise book. It can be anything they want but they have to be able to keep their promise. You might make suggestions such as making their bed everyday, helping with a certain chore, being cheerful, etc.
I suggest only doing one promise for very small children and maybe two at the most for older children. Too many promises may overwhelm the childen. I also suggest that parents each fill out a promise book as well.
For the activity and treat, I made a rainbow cake and let my children frost and eat it.