Cut out the shape of four keys from stiff yellow or gold paper . Label them Respect, Love, Work, and Fun. On a sheet of poster board draw a treasure box, above the box draw a dotted outline of four keys. Tape a piece of paper behind the poster board to create a pocket. Slit the edge of the treasure box where the lid and bottom meet and slide a picture of a family into the pocket. Place the four keys around the room.
Show the children the treasure poster. Tell them they need to discover what is inside the treasure box. Explain that this box takes four keys to open. Have a child find one key and bring it to the front of the room. Read what it says on the key and have them place it on one of the key outlines on the poster. Complete the activity and song for that key (see below). Repeat the process with the remaining three keys.
Tell the following story:
Family First, by Paul Cox
As the bishop of our ward in Rome, New York, . . . I got after my eleven-year- old daughter for having tried to interrupt me while a member of our ward was talking to me the previous Sunday. I told her that she should wait until I was finished talking before asking me for something.
"But Daddy," she said, "you don't make other people wait if you're talking to us and they ask to talk with you. You tell us to hold on for a second and start talking with them."
Humbled by her response, I replied, "You're right. I apologize." I was counseled at the time of my calling to remember my family and put them first. This experience showed me how easy it is to stray off that course. But thanks to my sweet daughter and the great counsel she gave me, I have come to realize that, even though I am considered the father of the ward, I have three awesome kids, and I am their father first. (Sunshine for the Latter-day Saint Child's Soul, [Eagle Gate, Salt Lake City, 2001], p.32-33.)
Ask the children: How did the child and the father in this story show respect for each other? What does respect mean? Sing "Home Can Be a Heaven on Earth" (Hymns, 298) and explain that warmth, kindness, and charity are all ways of showing respect.
Learn the sign-language to "Love One Another" on page 137 of the Children's Songbook. Discuss how showing love for your family members helps you grow closer together. Sing the song (p. 136) using the signs.
Ask the children to think of 10 jobs they can do in their homes to help one another (such as washing the dishes, vacuuming, folding towels, raking leaves, etc.). Hold up a finger for each item they think of until all ten fingers are up. Have the children hold up their hands. Tell them that helping hands are the happiest kind and that when they do things for their families they make themselves and Heavenly Father happy. Sing "When We're Helping" (Children's Songbook, p. 198).
Play Simon Says. (The leader gives instructions such as "hop on one foot" or "fold your arms," if they say "Simon says" first everyone must follow the action. If the leader does not say "Simon says" first the others should not follow the action. Those not doing the action when they are supposed to or those that do the action without hearing "Simon says" first sit down. Continue giving new commands until only one player is left.) Discuss how having fun with each other in a family (by playing games, going on picnics, etc.) are good ways to grow closer. Sing "Fun to Do" (Children's Songbook, p. 253) letting the children suggest fun things they could do as a family.
Once all the keys are on the poster have a child reach inside the slit and pull out the "treasure." Discuss how our families are the most important treasure we have. When we do the things named on the keys we can help our family be stronger and happier.