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Come follow me 2024, Jan 15-21, Free ideas for teaching children

Updated: Jan 12


Jan 15-21, free LDS primary lesson helps, Come follow me, ideas for teaching children 2024, tree of life, Lehi's dream, Love of God, 1 Nephi 8-10, what Lehi saw, what Nephi saw, 4 corners game, matching game, object lessons

LOTS and lots of ideas, go by your inspiration, choose what is best for your students. You don't need to do everything, but also repetition is really good too, for example.. acting it out and then playing a game with the same principals taught.


Ideas for Teaching Children

Holding fast to the word of God leads me to Him and helps me feel His love.

Your children might enjoy drawing a picture of Lehi’s vision as you read 1 Nephi 8 together. Let them share their pictures, and help them discover what the symbols in the dream represent (see 1 Nephi 11:21–22; 12:16–18; 15:23–33, 36 and this week’s activity page). Ask them to share as many answers as they can to this question: What do we learn from Lehi’s vision?

You can download this video


These ideas are form the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints


  • Blindfold each child and tell them their goal is to find their way to the tree of life. (You can show them this tree before you blind fold them, but don't let them open the flaps until they earn it...at the end of the rope.)





  • Have an adult or older youth stand by their side the entire time. At the beginning, the adult whispers to the child that they will be standing by their side if they have questions or need help. The adult does not tell them what to do but responds only when the child asks.

  • Put the child’s hands on the iron rod and instruct them not to let go.

  • Place obstacles for the child to encounter as they walk along the path, such as something small they may need to walk over. Have them move slowly. Take precautions to make sure they cannot get hurt.


  • You can have the iron rod go through a darker area or a room with most of the lights off to represent the mists of darkness.

  • Have adults or youth come up to the child and try to tempt them to go a different direction or to take their hands off the iron rod. Be sure that any child who lets go of the rod has the opportunity to return.

  • Play or sing Primary songs by the tree of life so the children can hear the direction they need to go.

  • When the children reach the destination, welcome them warmly, and praise them for being faithful.

  • After the activity, have the children share how they felt and what they learned.


Here is idea if you don't have the means to turn your room into Lehi's dream.

The students can pull the string and make Lehi move along the path.


Lehi's dream, free LDS primary lesson helps, interactive learning

For younger children, watch the movie and have them retell the story with this interactive sheet. Have it already assembled. You can string the yarn on the page, tape Lehi to the string, and tie a knot in both ends so the students can't pull it off the page.

For older children, choose the printable that doesn't have the parts labeled. Have the students assemble it together and label the each part and what they represent from the scriptures. Don't forget to bring yarn. Just tape Lehi on the yarn and tie a knot in both ends, so when the string is pulled it won't pull off the page.. Print on card stock. The "ideas for teaching children" suggests having students draw there own version. So if your students like to draw, definitely do that, and have them label the parts.



Lehi's dream, interactive sheet

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Back to the Come follow Me- ideas for teaching children

  • Do you have something that could represent the iron rod in Lehi’s vision, such as a pipe or a stick? Let your children hold on to it as you lead them around a room to a picture of the Savior. Why is the iron rod important in Lehi’s vision? (See 1 Nephi 8:20, 24, 30). How is the iron rod like the word of God?

Invite some of your children to read 1 Nephi 8:10–12 and describe what Lehi saw. Ask the others to read 1 Nephi 11:20–23 and describe what Nephi saw.


You can divide the students into two groups to read and draw/ write. Then have them teach the other group what they learned with their drawings as a guide.



  • Why would the angel show Nephi the baby Jesus to teach him about the love of God? Talk with your children about how they have felt the love of God in their lives. A song like “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (Children’s Songbook, 74–75) could help them think of examples.


Here is an interactive song sheet.

I feel my savior's love printable interactive song sheet.

One more idea. There has got to be a game(:


For older children:

Play a matching game with the symbols in Lehi’s dream and their meanings. Have the children take turns trying to match an item with its interpretation. For example, “the iron rod” would match up with “the word of God,” “the great and spacious building” would match up with “the pride of the world,” and so on. If they have questions encourage them to read 1 Nephi 11:21–22; 12:16–18; 15:23–33, 36 to find the answers.

For younger children:

Lay the picture cards on the ground.

Read the scriptures 1 Nephi 11:21–22; 12:16–18; 15:23–33, 36 and see if the students can point to the pictures when you read about them.


Lehi's dream Memory Game, LDS Free Primary lesson helps

Click on the image to be taken to Etsy. I went to 4 stores looking for pixie sticks, I think it would be so cute, but I guess no one sells them anymore. If you find pixie sticks leave a picture in the comments so I can see how cute it really is(: Look through the pictures on the listing so you know what size to print.


God will reveal truth to me by the power of the Holy Ghost.

  • How could you help your children understand what Nephi taught in 1 Nephi 10:19? Perhaps you could fold a picture of the Savior or another special object inside a blanket and invite your children to unfold it. As you read 1 Nephi 10:19, they could raise their hands when they hear the words “unfolded” and “Holy Ghost.” Then you could share an experience when the Holy Ghost helped you discover truth.


4 corners, for movement. Read the scripture a couple of times for more movement(:


Here is one for older students. Come early to hide these word strips around the room. Discuss the meaning of the scripture when it is complete.



  • Ask your children to talk about what they do to find answers to a question. What might Nephi say if someone asked him how to find answers to a question about the gospel? Encourage the children to find out by reading 1 Nephi 10:17–19; 11:1.

  • Have your children ever felt that the Holy Ghost helped them know that something was true? Let them share their experience. What would we say to a friend who thinks that they can’t receive answers through the Holy Ghost? What do we find in 1 Nephi 10:17–19 and 11:1 that could help that friend?

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drjtville
Jan 22

Thanks so much for all that you do to help us teachers prepare more interesting lessons. I teach the 6-year-olds in a really tiny classroom so it's hard to do many activities, but they absolutely loved taking Lehi through the mists of darkness. The Blow-Pop handout was also a hit! Thanks again!

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redwallace
redwallace
Jan 22
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That is so cute! Thanks for sharing. I was hoping that someone enjoyed that printable. ❤️

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Elizabeth Grey
Elizabeth Grey
Jan 21

Just really loved what you did to make this lesson so fun and interesting, the children loved it. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and inspiration.

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redwallace
redwallace
Jan 21
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Oh yay

its always nice to hear how it went. Thanks for reacting out. ❤️

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