Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited; and he hath created his children that they should possess it.
1. For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies,
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.
2. For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light,
3. For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild,
Read aloud: Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have made us a beautiful world to live in! They created everything, including all the plants and animals. In fact, the world was created specifically for us, Heavenly Father’s children, so we could have everything we need and be happy.
Give each of your children a piece of paper and asking them to draw their favorite thing Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have created.
Ask: Why did you pick this creation as your favorite? Do you think think everything that has been created is special? Why?
Read aloud: When something is special, we take really good care of it. Think of your favorite toy, game, or another special object. You want it to last for a long time, so you treat it well. When the Earth was created, God told Adam he had dominion over everything that was created. Dominion means a responsibility to treat something well and do your best to take care of it. Today, we are asked by God to do the same.
Ask: How can we take care of the Earth?
Finish the lesson by discussing ways your family can be more eco-friendly, whether it is simply going out to enjoy nature or trying to recycle more. Bear your testimony about the Creation and how it is a sign that God loves us.
*For Teenagers and Adults*
Begin by watching this video:
Ask: In the video, it talked about being stewards of the Earth, not owners. What do you think this means?
Read aloud: The Creation was an essential part of Heavenly Father’s divine plan. Each phase of the Creation was organized, planned, and executed in great detail. The purpose of the Creation, and the entire Plan of Salvation “is to provide opportunity for the spirit children of God to progress toward an eternal exaltation.” (The Creation).
Ask: What do we learn about the nature of God from the Creation?
Read aloud: More than anything else, we know that God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to create the Earth and everything in it, as a sign of His great love for us. The entire purpose of the Creation was for us, His children. In the Book of Mormon, it says:
“Behold, the Lord hath created the earth that it should be inhabited; and he hath created his children that they should possess it.”
As with many other things, the Creation truly is a gift from God.
Ask: How can we show Heavenly Father that we appreciate the gift of the Creation? What are our responsibilities in taking care of the Earth?
Read aloud: Elder Russell M. Nelson said,
“As beneficiaries of the divine Creation, what shall we do? We should care for the earth, be wise stewards over it, and preserve it for future generations. And we are to love and care for one another.”
Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony of the Creation and discussing any more ways you as a family or group can be better stewards over the Earth.
Earth Day Cupcakes or Ants on a Log
-Your favorite white cake mix
-Green and blue food coloring
1. Mix together your favorite white cake mix and divide the batter in half.
2. Color half of the batter green and the other half blue.
3. Scoop alternating spoonfuls of batter into your cupcake pan.
4. Bake as directed.
(Courtesy of By Stephanie Lynn)
-Celery, cleaned and trimmed
-Creamy peanut butter
1. Make sure your celery stalks are dry.
2. Prepare your peanut butter by placing some in a ziploc bag with a small hole cut out of one end.
3. Squeeze a line of peanut butter along the inside of your celery.
4. Place raisins along the peanut butter line.
5. Serve and enjoy!
(Courtesy of Blissfully Domestic)
Paper Mache Rain Stick or Nature Scavenger Hunt
-2 recycled water bottles (1.5 liters)
Begin by making your paper mache mixture, which is equal parts flour and glue. Mix until it is no longer lumpy.
Fold some of the cardboard strips like an accordion while keeping others straight. Place them in a bottle, which needs to be completely dry on the inside. Place at least 2 cups of rice into the bottle. Take the other mouth of the bottle and tape the two bottles together.
Using a paintbrush, add paper mache mixture to the bottles and cover with newspaper. Continue until the entire rain stick is covered. Let it dry completely. Finish by painting your rainstick and allowing it to dry.
(Courtesy of Kids Activities Blog)
This game is great learning tool for the kids that helps them interact with their surroundings. They’ll have a ball searching high and low for all the goodies on their list!
There’s 20 items total to find on the list, including special items of a certain color, shape and texture.
At the link there are also name tags you can attack to paper bags to help your children or group gather up their items.
(Courtesy of How to Nest For Less)