The Cheerful Giver
This week's video and lesson bundle focus on 2 Corinthians 9:7. Paul teaches about being a cheerful giver. The video "The Cheerful Giver" will help teach to a child how they can be cheerful givers too.
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➤ L E S S O N
Open the lesson with the song and a prayer.
🎶 O P E N I N G S O N G : "I'm Trying to Be Like Jesus"
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Pass out a metal spoon to each person and tell them to imagine the spoon is filled with something (an object) that they like, such as ice cream, toys, candy, money, etc.
Ask children to look into the inside of the spoon, like a mirror. Tell them that this represents having the things that we want.
Tell them to try to smile in the spoon. Point out that no matter how they turn the spoon, their smile will always be upside down!
Explain that objects (like food, candy, toys, and money), won’t ever make us truly happy. They only make us happy for a little while, and then we need more.
We can try and try to be happy with our stuff (just like we can try turning our reflection around), but it won’t work!
Now ask children to turn the spoon around and look at their reflection on the outside of the spoon.
Explain that one of the things that brings true happiness is giving to others. Point out how the distorted reflection makes their smiles look really big!
🎥 V I D E O: The Cheerful Giver: A Story About Giving
Say: “Let’s watch a story about a little girl who was a cheerful giver! See if you can find what the girl decided to give away.”
[Watch Video: “The Cheerful Giver”]
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
What did the girl decide to give away?
Who did she give to?
Why do you think she decided to do that?
What kind of feelings do you think she had when she was giving?
How do you think the animals felt?
How do you think her dad felt?
➤ S C R I P T U R E
Before reading the verse, instruct children to look (and listen) for the word give and the word cheerful.
Invite children to hold out their hands like they’re giving a gift every time they hear the word give.
Invite children to smile as big as they can when they hear the word cheerful.
After reading the verse, ask the following questions:
What do you think it means to be a giver? (Discuss)
What do you think it means to be a cheerful giver? (Discuss)
What do you think it means to do something grudgingly? (Discuss)
Why do you think heavenly father wants us to give cheerfully instead of grudgingly? (Discuss)
➤ A C T I V I T Y
Instruct children to cheerfully give some cookies to the bouncy bird and the curious cat!
Direct the children to color the cat, bird, and cookies. Next, have them cut out the cookies and the animals. Lastly, fold the paper on the marks to make the animals’ mouths open and close! The children can have lots of fun “feeding” the cat and bird cookies!
➤ T E S T I M O N Y
Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.
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