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Family Time Lesson

Be Kind To All Animals, They Are God’s Creations

Family Time Lessons give your family the opportunity to spend together learning correct principles, God’s commandments, ways to strengthen family relationships, a vehicle for open communication and tools to teach key values and morals.


This lesson is about the importance of being kind to animals, being patient with them and realizing that they are not the same as people.
It also addresses the value we have as human beings.


1. Download the family chart which is editable/fill-in so you can keep track of which family member has participated how and when.  The charts are in the libary in the category Family Time.  There are 2 styles for you to choose from. 

The purpose of the Family Time Chart is to give each person a responsibility so each feels a purpose and reason to be involved in the lesson. As they rotate through the tasks, they may also discover new talents and develop their abilities.

2. Read through the lesson ahead of time, as well as provide support to all participating so they can be prepared. It may be helpful to young children or those needing extra guidance, to be ready with their part of the Family Time-Family Home Evening Lesson so everyone can successful.

3. Print off any pictures, coloring pages, and other resources needed during the lesson.

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Adapt this lesson in accordance to your family’s needs, so each individual is able to grasp the importance of being kind to animals, and how valuable they are to God.

Opening Prayer:

  1. There are many ways to pray, the essential element is prayers are offered.  If you have any questions, or want to know more about prayer, this link will help you. Also here is this video

Ask This Question:

Have you ever hurt an animal just because you were made, frustrated or angry?


King James Version – LUKE 12:6

Questions to ask after reading the scripture below

1-Are animals important to us?

2-Are animals important to God

3-Are we important to God?

Show picture of sparrows and talents

King James Version – Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them

is forgotten before God?

Back in the time when Christ lived, birds were generally used for food.

There were many types of birds, but the sparrows were the least expensive that could be purchased, and cost only a farthing for two of them.

Actually, if you bought a large quantity, you could get them even cheaper. So how much was a farthing worth?

The ‘farthing’ was a tiny copper coin that held only a very small value.

So to Jesus was telling us that the farthing, which is almost insignificant in value still purchases two sparrows.

The value of two sparrows would be considered nothing to that of a human life. YET, Jesus is saying that God knows and cares about every single sparrow.

God has a reason for every single creature and animal He creates.

We have the responsibility to be kind to the animals we have a responsibility for as our pets and any that we can otherwise.


George Dawson was a remarkable, kind and generous man who lived to be 103 years old!  He even learned to read at 98 years old because it was the first time he had the chance to do it! He had a wonderful outlook and loved life.

When he was asked if he had any regrets, his answer was yes.  It was when he hurt Blue, the family mule.


Show Picture of George and Blue the family mule


See back in the very early 1900’s cars were scarce and mules were very important, especially to poor people.  For plowing to put in crops for growing their food, pulling the wagon and other things that required strength.

The trouble happened when George was told by his father to go hitch up Blue to the wagon before going to town.

Well, animals are different than we are and they are supposed to be.  We think more, communicate at a much higher level and can reason things out.

George could have gotten a lump of sugar or a carrot to persuade Blue to come to him, making it easy to put on the halter in order to hitch the mule to the wagon, but instead, he only pretended to have a treat.

Blue must have figured it out by the smell or sight and wouldn’t just come by the demands of George calling, then yelling at him.

In fact, Blue started moving away, which made George angry.

Instead of going into the house for a carrot, or calming down and remembering it was an animal he was working with, George picked up a rock which hit Blue right smack in the head.

Blue started braying (the sound a mule makes) in pain.

George tried to get close to help him, but the mule didn’t trust him now and wouldn’t let him near. George worried because he could see the eye was really hurt.

He knew he had to go tell his dad what had happened.  This showed George’s character, he didn’t lie about what he did.

The family didn’t have the money for a veterinarian to care for Blue, however, they did the best they could; sadly Blue went blind in that eye.

George was very ashamed about what he did. How could he ask forgiveness of a mule?

In his book George said: “We was to have that mule for many more years.  Every time he looked at me, I hurt inside. To this day, I still feel badly about it.  I promised myself that I would never hit an animal again. And, though it’s been more than eighty-years, I never have.”  LIFE IS SO GOOD by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

Games & Fun

To reinforce this lesson in a fun way, in the library you will find these all centered on the lesson Be Kind To All Animals:

  • Are You My Mother matching
  • A Word Search with the solution
  • A Cross Word Puzzle with the solution
  • And easy and more involved coloring pages

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Closing Prayer:

Person Assigned

Treat Dessert:

Here are two animal themed dessert options that make up quickly, or the family can make together.


Bake a your desired flavor of cake in two parchment lined 8’’ or 9’’ round pans, that have been coated with non-stick spray release; as directed on the package.
Frost with prepared frosting.

I used 3 cans of the fluffy white frosting for this.

Decorate with 1/2 to 1 bag of Circus Cookies


Remove purchased Swiss Rolls from the packages.

If they are sticking to the cellophane wrapper due to heat or humidity, place in the freezer for a couple of minutes.

Place the Swiss Rolls on a plate.

With a dab of frosting, or you really don’t need this just get it a tiny bit wet, place gummy butterflies, or frogs, or whatever critter you want on the ‘logs’.

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