FHE: Toddler Edition

April 4, 2016 in Family Home Evening Lessons / For Kids / For Mamas

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Something that I always loved growing up was “Family Night”. My parents made it so fun. Whether it was a spiritual lesson, swimming, singing, making treats, a service project, weeding the backyard, or playing dodgeball on the tramp together-they made those times so special for us kids and it helped all of us become best of friends. I truly believe that we are really close because our parents put Family Home Evening as a priority in our lives. I’m LDS as mentioned before, and we are asked to set aside our lives and just be with our families every Monday night (or whatever works best in certain situations). I feel so grateful that my parents stuck with it, even on nights when all of us kids were fighting or when schedules were crazy, I don’t ever remember them saying “We’re gonna just skip FHE tonight”. They always did it, even when it was like pulling teeth. Those are some of my sweetest memories of my childhood.

Now that I’m on this side of things…having a lesson can be a bit tricky with a toddler… so sometimes our lessons have ended up with us doing a quick lesson and going out for ice cream, or a quick scripture and playing soccer in our living room. One night it was so chaotic we just did a quote while washing our toddler in the tub and getting him ready for bed.

So my husband and I sat down and decided we want to be better at teaching our children. We want what is being taught at home to be the primary source. So we created a Family Home Evening manual to use to help our toddler learn gospel principles in the home.

As I was trying to figure out how to teach him, the thought came that I should center it around primary songs. My little boy LOVES singing (as a lot of toddlers do), so each lesson is based off a primary song with gospel principles included.

DISCLAIMER: I’m all about simple. In fact, for me… the more simple the better! These lessons don’t take hours… little kids (and myself!) don’t have that long of an attention span. So you will find simple gospel principles, simple activities, and simple snack and treat ideas. I teach sunbeams, so a lot of the content is from there too. You will also most likely have all the supplies and everything you need at home!

*Direct links for more sources on words w/ all caps (still working on fixing that on my site!)*

 

 

Lesson #1: I am a Child of God

Opening Prayer

Opening Song: I AM A CHILD OF GOD

Scripture: PSALM 82:6

Lesson: Show a picture of Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus (here) and talk about how Jesus was once a baby.

Explain how Heavenly Father was Jesus’ dad and that he is our dad too. That’s what it means when we say “I am a child of God”.

Share your feelings about how much you love your kid(s) and why they mean so much to you.

Activity: Make painted handprints on card stock and write “I am a child of God” next to it.

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Closing Prayer

Treat: No-Bakes (my recipe is HERE)

Free Printable: (Click HERE)

 

Let me know if you end up doing this with your family! I’ll post more lessons on Mondays!

Xo,

Aubrey

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  • Alyssa Dawson April 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    You are cleaver! Loving this idea!

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com April 5, 2016 at 3:27 am

      Thanks so much Alyssa! Love that you took the time to read it!

  • Skyler Larsen April 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    I love this Aubrey! FHE is sometimes so hard with little ones. I have a four year old and two year old and this would be perfect for them!

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com April 5, 2016 at 3:27 am

      Thanks Skyler! I feel the exact same way. That’s why I’m all about simplifying 😉 Let me know how it goes! Xo

  • Amanda E April 4, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Thank you for starting this blog! I have an almost 3 year old son and his attention span is about 5 minutes. Lol. So this first lesson would be perfect!

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com April 5, 2016 at 3:28 am

      Oh I’m so glad, that’s so good to hear. Thanks for your comment, let me know how it goes if you try it!

  • Michelle April 5, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Love this, Aubs!

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com April 5, 2016 at 3:26 am

      Thanks sweet girl! Hope you’re doing well!!

  • Virginia April 5, 2016 at 5:55 am

    This was a great lesson for Family Home Evening. It was the perfect time for my two year old and he loved the activity. The lesson was short and sweet and perfect for his attention span. Thank you so much.

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com April 5, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Yay I’m so glad it worked for your family Virginia! Thanks for your comment.❤️

  • Heather Hemmert April 11, 2016 at 11:07 pm

    A week late, but we are doing this lesson tonight! Thank you so much for posting these. We have been terrible at doing FHE with Adalynn and really want to be better so she can learn of her Heavenly Father and His gospel. By you doing these FHE: toddler edition posts, you make it SO easy for us to do this and you help us be better parents because we can use your lesson to teach her. Hopefully, someday soon we won’t need to rely on your FHE posts to make sure we do ours, but for now, (esp. with life being crazy with a new baby) we really appreciate these ideas and the help.

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com April 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm

      that was so sweet. Thanks for your comment girl, I’m so glad you’re able to use them!

  • Jessica June 12, 2016 at 1:00 am

    Thanks for posting! It’s exactly what I was looking for – I’m excited to try it this coming week and to see more posts!

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com June 29, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      I’m so glad you tried it and that it’s what you were looking for! 🙂

  • Jessica June 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Your lessons are so perfect for our familyou with 4 kids 4yo and under! Do you send out weekly emails with the lessons?

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com June 29, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Oh, I’m so glad it’s worked for your family! I am trying to figure out a way to get it out to everyone. I’ll keep you posted!

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com July 12, 2016 at 7:32 pm

      I am looking into doing that! I’m trying to figure out the best way to give it to everyone. Maybe e-mail the whole thing to everyone? If you have ideas send them my way! I’m all about short and sweet lessons!

  • Lauren August 18, 2016 at 4:18 am

    Can I sign up to have these emailed to me every Sunday or Monday?

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com August 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      yes! My website is being crazy right now, but once i figure out a way to get it to work I’ll let you know! So glad you can use them!

  • Sherry Blaisdell August 22, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    What age did you start FHE with your little one? Our first son is almost 15 months now, and I have been wondering when we can begin/ what activities we could do with him.

    Thanks!

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com August 23, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      I started when mine was a baby! Even though they may not really understand I feel like it’s the habit that is most important. Now that he’s 15 months it’s a great time to start because they’re learning so much! You can simplify anything to where they will understand it. Even if you just sing a song and pray together, I feel like it benefits them so much!

  • Cydney Witter August 30, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Love this!! My 2 year old actually sat and participated! Not sure if you posted this yet or not but are there weekly lessons you have planned out? Do you have them somewhere here on your website! I’m glad someone has a creative brain and a place I can learn from those creative people! Thanks so much for posting this!

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com September 9, 2016 at 8:23 pm

      Hey sweet girl, you are so cute! I’m so glad you find them helpful! I will be posting them every Monday but will be figuring out a way for people to download the PDF of them from my website too, so keep checking back! Xo

  • Mandi Hoffman October 3, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Your blog is so darling. I’m so thankful to have found this post! These sweet lessons are right up our alley. Thank you so much for sharing, Aubrey! I will continue to follow along! I look forward to your future posts!! ❤️

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com October 19, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks so much girl! I’m trying to figure out a way for people to get all of the lessons and will keep you posted! <3 Thanks for stopping by!

  • Dana October 28, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Finding this has truly been an answered prayer, thank you for posting this!!

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com November 14, 2016 at 5:31 am

      Oh my goodness, I’m so glad! That just made my day that you said that. I will be figuring out a way for all my readers to get their hands on the entire lesson book I wrote. I’ll keep you posted! Xo

  • Rachel K. November 17, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Found your post through Pinterest! I love how simple and easy your lessons are! i have 4 little crazies ranging from 7 yrs to 2 months. I’m awful at having fhe, so simple and easy are what I need right now! Thank you!

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com November 23, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      Oh I’m so glad!! Working on a way for you to get your hands on all of my lessons! I’ll keep you posted!

  • Danielle February 19, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I am so glad I found this! Our little boy is two and I have wanted to tailor the lessons more towards his understanding but didn’t quite know how. You are a AMAZING! Thank you for doing this!!❤

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com February 26, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      Yay! That makes me so happy! I’ll be doing more soon! Xo

  • Rachel Christensen April 24, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I am so happy I found this!! FHE has been very rare since we haven’t known how to think of short lessons that our toddler cares about for even 1 minute haha. I am going to be writing these all down! Thank you, thank you!

    • aubrey.olsen22@gmail.com May 1, 2017 at 2:47 am

      Hi Rachel! I’m so glad you’re able to use them, thanks for leaving such a sweet comment! I hope you enjoy them in your home!

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