(Friend Jan 2004, suggestion # 2)
Ask the children to stand up whenever you make a statement that describes them.
Ask them to stay sitting down if the statement does not describe them.
Use statements that demonstrate the similarities and differences among the children in your class, such as:
everyone with a nose,
everyone with brown eyes.
Discuss how families are similar and
We all have characteristics similar to our Heavenly Father because we are His children.
We can grow spiritually to be like our Heavenly Father.
On one side of the chalkboard write,
"Heavenly Father is," and on the other side write, "I can be."
Have the children list some of Heavenly Father's characteristics (loving, kind, generous, and so on).
Then have them list some of those qualities that they have or would like to develop.
Older children could look up scriptures that describe Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ's attributes (see Topical Guide) and add them to the list.
Younger children could choose and
post pictures showing Christlike attributes to make their list.
They could repeat out loud, "I am a child of God, and I can become more __________." Fill in the blank with an attribute such as obedient, friendly, and so on.
Help the children understand their worth and potential (see D&C 18:10; Moses 1:39).