5 Minute Family Home Evenings

Living the Gospel from Head to Toes

This 8 week series is teaches children how to live gospel principles, using the song "Head and Shoulders."  Each week you will teach about a different principle based on a body part from this song.

Week 1 - Head

The head - obedience toward God in all our thoughts. 

 

SONG

"Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes, knees and toes

Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Eyes, ears, mouth and nose."

 

We are starting this week with "head."  Inside your head is where all your thoughts are.  We must think about Heavenly Father and Jesus every day.  We must think about what they want us to do.  We must try to have only good thoughts.

 

SCRIPTURE

Read Alma 37:36:

"Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever. "

 

ACTIVITY

Before Family Home Evening, prepare 10 small slips of paper.  On each paper, write one thought, some good, some bad, that might occur in your children's minds.  For example: "I don't want to share my toys" or "I want to sit next to my sister." Find a large jar, like a pickle jar or peanut butter jar.  From construction paper, cut out the shape of a fact that will fit on the side of the jar.  Cut out various features for the face, like eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and hair.

 

At Family Home Evening, have your children decorate the face by gluing the features on.  Then glue the face to the jar.

 

Next, read the thoughts you prepared out one at a time. Ask your children to decide if it is a good thought, one they want in their head, or a bad thought, one they don't want in their head.  Have them put the good thoughts into the jar (the head) and toss the bad ones aside.

 

 

 

Week 2 - Shoulders

The shoulders - "Put your shoulder to the wheel" in doing the work of God, serving in the church.

 

SONG

"Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes, knees and toes

Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Eyes, ears, mouth and nose."

 

This week are the shoulders.  The expression "Put your shoulder to the wheel" means to try really hard to do something.  Heavenly Father has asked us to work hard in helping to build his church.  The Bishop asks us all to serve in a calling.  (Explain what your callings are to your children, and the ways in which you help to build the church).

 

SCRIPTURE

Read Doctrine and Covenants 107:99:

 

"Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence."

 

 

ACTIVITY

Find a small piece of furniture that has some weight to it, but could be pushed with some effort by each child.  Put it on one side of the room and mark a finish line on the other (keep in mind the ability of each child, and alter the distance appropriately).  Have each child take a turn pushing the furniture across the room.  Remind them that by pushing using their side/shoulder, they can get more strength.  The other family members can cheer on the one doing the pushing.

 

To end the activity off, if you are feeling adventurous, find a large piece of furniture in your home that, with some effort, could be pushed by the family members combined.  Work together as a family to move the object, remembering to push with your shoulders!

 

 

 

Week 3 - Knees

The knees - the importance of prayer

 

SONG

"Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes, knees and toes

Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Eyes, ears, mouth and nose."

 

The next body part are the knees.  What do we do that we get down on our knees for?  (Demonstrate kneeling for prayer).  Prayer is the way we talk to Heavenly Father, sort of like talking on a telephone.  We talk and he can hear us.  He hears our prayers and answer us.  Heavenly Father has told us that we should pray often.  What kinds of things can we pray for?  (Read scripture, then discuss).

 

SCRIPTURE

Read Alma 34: 17-27

 
(Tell your children that the word "cry" means to pray.  Substitute the word "pray" for "cry" as you read the following.)
 
 
  17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren, that ye may begin to exercise your faith unto repentance, that ye begin to call upon his holy name, that he would have mercy upon you;
  18 Yea, cry unto him for mercy; for he is mighty to save.
  19 Yea, humble yourselves, and continue in prayer unto him.
  20 Cry unto him when ye are in your fields, yea, over all your flocks.
  21 Cry unto him in your houses, yea, over all your household, both morning, mid-day, and evening.
  22 Yea, cry unto him against the power of your enemies.
  23 Yea, acry unto him against the devil, who is an enemy to all righteousness.
  24 Cry unto him over the crops of your fields, that ye may prosper in them.
  25 Cry over the flocks of your fields, that they may increase.
  26 But this is not all; ye must pour out your souls in your closets, and your secret places, and in your wilderness.
  27 Yea, and when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.

 

Define each item of prayer in relation to your own lives.  For example, "fields and flocks" would have to do with daily work, which would be Dad or Mom's job, or school for the children.  "all your household" would be all your family members.

 

 

ACTIVITY

Gather two tin cans and a long piece of string.  Punch a hole in the bottom of each can, then thread the string through each can.  Tie a knot on the end of each string, to create a "tin can phone."

 

Have one parent stand at the top of the stairs, and the children at the bottom.  Let each child speak through the tin can telephone and mention a few things he or she could pray for.  Let Mom and Dad also take a turn saying things to pray for.

 

Finish the activity by saying a closing prayer, and by praying for those things that were mentioned in the tin can phone..

 

 

 

Week 4 - Toes

The toes - going about doing good, in service to God.

 

SONG

"Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes, knees and toes

Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Eyes, ears, mouth and nose."

 

Our toes, on our feet, take us wherever we want to go.  It is important to try and do good things to others everywhere we go.  Doing good to others is called service.  Heavenly Father has asked us to serve the people around us.  Jesus Christ served many people while He lived here on earth.  We must follow his example and go about doing good.

 

SCRIPTURE

Read Matthew 25:34-40:

 

 34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

  35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
  36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
  37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
  38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
  39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
  40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

 

 

ACTIVITY

Bake cookies, or some other baked good, and deliver them to a family or friend.  Try to pick someone close by, if possible, so that you may walk (toes!) there

 

 

 

Week 5 - Eyes

The eyes - read the scriptures.

 

SONG

"Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes, knees and toes

Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Eyes, ears, mouth and nose."

 

Heavenly Father has given us the scriptures so that we can read what he wants us to do.  We can read about the commandments he gave us, the blessings he promised us, and all about Jesus while he lived here on earth.  It is important to read the scriptures every day so that we can get to know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ better.

 

SCRIPTURE

Read 2 Nephi 32:3:

 

3 Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.

 

 

ACTIVITY

Before Family Home Evening, obtain a small box, about the size of a shoebox.  Tape black construction paper to the box, and write "Book of Mormon" or "Holy Bible" on the paper.  Next gather together something that your family could eat for a treat after the lesson.  Choose something that you can easily attach a slip of paper to, like a small candy bar, or a banana.  Have at least one item for each member of the family (or more, if you plan on "feasting" on your treat!)  Next, choose one scripture for each treat item and write that scripture down on a slip of paper.  (You might use the scriptures from the previous lessons in this series, for a review).  Attach each slip to a treat.

 

At Family Home Evening, explain to your children that to "feast" on food means to eat lots and lots of food.  So, to "feast" on the words of Christ means to read them lots and lots. Now open up your scripture box and take out one treat at a time and read the attached scripture.  Be sure to end the lesson by feasting on your treats!

 

 

 

 

 

Week 6 - Ears

The ears - listening to the Holy Ghost.

 

SONG

"Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes, knees and toes

Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Eyes, ears, mouth and nose."

 

Heavenly Father has given each of us a special gift - the gift of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost can help us know what is right and what is wrong.  We have to listen carefully to what he tells us.  He speaks to our hearts. so to hear him we must be very still and quiet and listen carefully.

 

SCRIPTURE

Read Doctrine and Covenants 11:13-14:

 

  13 Verily, verily, I say unto you, I will impart unto you of my Spirit, which shall enlighten your mind, which shall fill your soul with joy;
  14 And then shall ye know, or by this shall you know, all things whatsoever you desire of me, which are pertaining unto things of righteousness, in faith believing in me that you shall receive.

 

 

ACTIVITY

One person (start with an adult) will act as the Holy Ghost.  He will stand a short distance away from the rest of the family.  Then he will whisper a direction to the family, and everyone must listen very carefully to hear him.  Start with something simple, like "Touch your head" or "sit on the floor."  Then you can gradually make things more active, like "jump into Mommy and Daddy's bed" or "hide under the kitchen table."  Make sure everyone in the family gets a chance to act as the Holy Ghost!

 

 

 

 

 

Week 7 - Mouth

The mouth - spread the word of the Gospel through missionary work

 

SONG

"Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes, knees and toes

Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Eyes, ears, mouth and nose."

 

We are so lucky to know about the gospel, to know who Heavenly Father and Jesus are, to know there is a prophet on the earth today, and to have the scriptures.  We know how happy we are because we have the gospel in our lives.  Now we must tell everyone we know about the gospel and how happy it makes us!

 

SCRIPTURE

Read Matthew 28:19-20:

 

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

 

ACTIVITY

Before Family Home Evening, cut out small black rectangles from construction paper, the size of missionary tags.  Make one for each member of the family.  Gather enough safety pins for each member also.

 

At Family Home Evening, write each family member's name on one tag.  Then attach the tag to each person's shirt.

 

 

 

 

 

Week 8 - Nose

The nose - choosing the right (smelling out the good from the bad)

 

SONG

"Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Knees and toes, knees and toes

Head and shoulders, knees and toes

Eyes, ears, mouth and nose."

 

We have so many choices to make in this life.   Every time we have a choice to make, we can choose the right or choose the wrong.  Heavenly Father wants us to choose the right, because he knows that is the way we can be happy.  We must think about the choice, and then decide which one is the right choice to make.

 

SCRIPTURE

Read Joshua 24:15:

 

15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

 

 

ACTIVITY

Before Family Home Evening, gather some strong smelling items together.  Choose at least 3 nice smelling things, and three rotten smelling things.  Try to get nice smelling things that are edible. Hide each item in its own bag, so that you cannot tell what it is by looking.

 

At Family Home Evening, put the items in pairs, one nice smelling thing with one rotten smelling thing.  Ask your children to try and sniff out which is the good thing and which is the bad in each pair.  If you have chosen edible good things, your family can then eat these things as a reward for finding the good.