These are my ideas. My hope is that my thoughts may be a springboard to your own great ideas that are right for you and your family. Some ideas are for families with young children while others might be for widows meeting together as a group. Read through and find what’s right for your situation.
Great parable handout to discuss the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 13; Luke 8; 13 #ComeFollowMe #teachlikeachicken
Discuss the parables listed in Matthew 13 with my Parable Poster. There are three sizes for you to choose from. One as an 8x10, two to a page, and as a 4 page poster so your whole family or group can see it. Write or draw the meanings behind the parables on the poster. You can have each person in your family share one specific parable or do it all together. If you are struggling with any of their meanings, be sure to check out my Study Suggestions section above for more insights.
If you have younger children and need a simple visual while you discuss these different parables try creating a book like the one on Mormon.org (or ComeuntoChrist.org)- it’s the second flipbook, “The Parables of Jesus”. Each page has a photo and quick summary of some parables (Note: The one on Mormon.org doesn’t include the parables for this lesson. However, use the images included in the resources above and create your own version to use for this week).
A parable game! Great way to help everyone start to see some of the meanings behind the parables Christ shared. Good to go with the Come Follow Me lessons #teachlikeachicken #comefollowme
PRINT PARABLE GAME
Play the Parable Game! Put objects or my parable object cards into a bag. The challenge is to use the object to explain some of the truths of the kingdom of heaven. If you want, add the topic cards into another bag. Each person picks one from each and tries to make their own parable to relate their topic. It’s a great way to stretch the mind and start seeing things in a new light. Then dive into some of the meanings of the parables Christ gave.
Draw a parable object card and see if you can use that object in place of the things that Christ used in his parable. Then glue it onto the Parable Poster.
Play a matching game! Using the parable objects and topics, see if you can get a match. It’s a match if you can think of a way to tie them together. If not, turn them back over and try again next turn.
Grass experiment to discuss the parable of the sower #teachlikeachicken
MATTHEW 13:3-23; LUKE 8:4-15
Grab a sponge and some fast growing grass seed! Cut your sponge into hearts and discuss having good ground in our hearts. You can also do this version of a house. It’s lots of fun and keeps the conversation going longer as you watch it grow!
Do a science experiment! Plant seeds in four different containers and see how they grow with the different soils. For the hard ground you could mix in clay with your soil, for the thorny ground, add lots of weeds, etc. Pick a seed that will grow quickly like a bean or grass so you can discuss it this month. Then see what type of soil each of us might have in our hearts as well as what our soil might be as a family. How do we keep our soil good? What does that mean for us as we study the New Testament this year and continue using the Come Follow Me for Individuals and Families?
Add a fun dessert one night and review the parable again! You can make a flower pot dirt dessert (chocolate pudding, crushed chocolate cookies, and gummy warms). I love the addition of these flower spoons from Stuff Amy Made.
Use A Lively Hope’s printable sower seed handout to discuss and understand the sower parable better.
Great idea to go on a listening walk as you discuss having ears to hear in this week's Come Follow Me lesson #teachlikeachicken #NewTestament
There are some free coloring pages on this verse over on The Memoirs of a Reluctant Hostess. One is about parables in general. The other quotes Matthew 13:9 “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear” with the images of the parable of the sower.
Go on a Listening Walk! As you discuss having hears to hear and learning to be in tune with God’s messages, practice by hearing sounds around your neighborhood. Creative Family Fun has a checklist you can use on your walk.
Make some Listening Ears and do some audio only activities like reading the scriptures out loud with all the lights out, listening to music with your eyes closed, or my favorite, stomping on bubble wrap! You can throw in a secret word for people to listen to as they do these other activities as well. Did they hear it? Why? If not, why might they have missed it? How can we train our ears to listen better to spiritual things? Then do the same thing with eyes.
Love this idea! Make Certain Women cards to highlight some of the other characters in the New Testament not discussed as much as well as our faith. #ComeFollowMe #teachlikeachicken
Discuss some of the certain women in the scriptures as well as those in your life. Spend time making your own profile cards of A Certain Woman. Draw their picture as well as what helps you know they are certain. There are two versions of this card- single sided or one with extra blank card on the back for more room to draw and write your notes.
Dive more into the stories of the women in the New Testament. I recommend "Women in the New Testament" by Camille Fronk Olson (it's also on Deseret Bookshelf PLUS) and "Walking with the Women of the New Testament" by Heather Farrell.
Great lego idea for preparing your heart #teachlikeachicken #scripturestackers
Bring out the Legos and make a heart. You can tie it in with preparing your heart and the sower parable as well as helping others. Thanks to Scripture Stackers for the design!
Help relieve someone’s bondage. You might not be able to take it all away but maybe you can lift it for a moment. Here’s a great way to give someone a break. Plus use my search bar to find more easy ways to serve. How else can we help free someone?
More activities for Come Follow Me from Teach Me Messages
Looking for more activities? Check out Teach Me Messages lesson kit. This week's includes a Cake Walk game, treasure chest fun, and more! You can also subscribe monthly. Be sure to tell them I sent you.
In the interest of focusing my time better, I will no longer be providing the specific links back to the activity pages. LDS.org already has a topic page now so I feel it’s redundant for me to do it as well. Definitely check out the latest addition of the Friend and New Era as well though. I have years of those links by topic on this site too. You can search by keyword using my handy dandy search bar (be sure you have flash enabled though or you won’t get any results).