- Bring a large toolbox from home. If you don't have one, get a diaper box; cover it with colored paper and glue/tape the letters T-O-O-L-S on the front.
- Put seven or eight of the following items around the room, each with a number tied on it:
1. Leather Gloves or Protective Glasses
We must protect ourselves and our families from things that would harm us
2. A flashlight
Our parents and the gospel can light the way
3. Some rolled-up butcher paper w/picture of scriptures inside
The scriptures give us a blueprint for building a happy home
4. A kneeling pad (like those for garden)
The importance of prayer
5. Gorilla Glue
Blessings of being sealed together in the temple
6. A bandage or box of Band-Aids
We should care for our families and try to help their hurts
Through practice and repentance, we can smooth out our rough spots
We must do our best to follow the gospel with exactness
9. Industrial Soap
Christ can make us perfectly clean
10. A Trash Bin
As we work on our project, we throw out the things that are unneeded - similarly we need to get rid of things in our lives that don't help our family be stronger
11. Hammer/Nails/small piece of wood
We need to stick together and be strong enough to not be pulled apart by the world
Feel free to comment with any other ideas you have and I will add them to this post!
*Modification - I ended up using this just in Sr. Primary. Since they know the month's song well, I had one kid from each class come up and pick a tool from the box, and then they discussed with their classes how the tool could symbolize something to do with building eternal families.
- Tell the kids you are going to show them how to BUILD an eternal family. Look in your toolbox and act surprised that it's empty . . . can the kids help you find the TOOLS you need?
- Have the kids take turns wearing a hard hat and bringing up an item. Talk with them about why that item helps us build a happy home, then add the item to the tool box.
- Have each kid also pick a PERSON to put on the board (from the FAMILY PRINTABLES I mentioned in my last post) - the person they choose will dictate how we sing the song (slow, loud, lead the music, dance, tongue out, etc).
- For Jr. Primary, teach the lines of the 2nd verse of "Families Can Be Together Forever" in between tool discussions. For Sr. Primary, have each number correspond to a song about families to sing and have only one or two of them be FCBTF.
Additional Family-Related Songs:
Love at Home 294
Love One Another 308
Love is Spoken Here 190
Here We Are Together 261
I Love to See the Temple 95
When We're Helping 198
Teach Me to Walk in the Light 177