September 1, 2012 by FHElessons
An FHE lesson to teach kids what an amazing creation our body is and how to take good care of it by keeping it healthy.
- For Health and Strength (children’s songbook #21)
- Hinges (children’s songbook #277)
- The Word of Wisdom (children’s songbook #154)
Begin your lesson by showing pictures of various temples. Be sure to include some pictures of temples the kids have seen in person. Ask them:
- How do you feel when you’re near the temple?
- Which one is your favorite temple?
- What do we do to care for our temples?
Read 1 Corinthians 3:16–17: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
- How does it make you feel to know that your body is a temple where God can dwell?
- What do you do to take care of your temple?
- Why do you think it’s important for our spirits to have a healthy body to live in?
See my discussion Nutrition for the College Student to learn how to use the Word of Wisdom to discuss nutrition. Talk about how we should make whole grains the basis of our diets, add to that generous portions of fruits and vegetables, and then add a small amount of meat.
Choose from the following activities to supplement your lesson:
> For very young children, play Simon Says or sing “Hinges” to illustrate all the ways our bodies can move.
> Play “Red light, Green light.” Discuss how a green light allows us to GO, a yellow light makes us SLOW, and a red light makes us STOP. Talk about how some foods are “green light” foods which give us energy and help us to “go.” Some foods slow us down, and some foods stop us altogether. Look through your cupboards and let the kids decide if the foods they find are green, yellow, or red light foods.
> Cut out pictures of foods from magazines and glue them onto green, yellow, or red paper, depending on whether they are green, yellow, or red light foods.
> Check THIS link to see dishes you can buy that illustrate the “my plate” portions put out by the US government. Instead of purchasing, make your own “my plates” by buying plain white dishes from the dollar store. Use sharpies to divide into the 4 food groups and let the kids decorate each section with a picture of that food group. Then bake the plates at 350 degrees for 20 min. to set the colors as illustrated HERE.
> Let the kids cut out pictures of food from magazines and glue them onto a paper plate. Have them make sure to use only healthy foods and to make sure all the food groups are represented on their plate.
> Try This Experiment to check to see whether a food has Vitamin C in it or not. Kids will find that punch and orange soda may look like orange juice, but they don’t have any Vitamin C.
> Take some packaged foods from your pantry and practice reading the nutritional labels. Show the kids what all the different parts of the label mean and what to look for in a healthy food.
> Set out a basket full of healthy foods, filled primarily with whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. After you’re finished with the visual aid, let the kids sample the food.
> Make a fruit plate in the form of a rainbow. Talk about the health benefits of each color of fruit and discuss why we need to eat a rainbow of colors in our produce. Health benefits are listed by color in my post Nutrition for College Students.
> Buy a bunch of unusual fruits or vegetables and let the kids taste test them. Some ideas of things you could buy would be:
- Horned melon
- Star fruit
- Dragon fruit
- Fresh coconut
- Sea beans
- Fiddlehead ferns
- White asparagus
- Ugli fruit
> Check THIS link for free printables and games dealing with nutrition.
As always, conclude by bearing your testimony that it pleases the Lord when we keep our bodies healthy. Our body is a gift that the Lord has given us, and we want to be good caretakers of that gift. When we keep our body healthy, it is a more pleasant place for our spirit to live and is easier for the Lord to dwell within us.