The Gold Plates Projects for Kids

Here's another Book of Mormon Gold Plates project for your kids. We did this one with our Primary class. (My hubby and I teach the nine year-olds.) First we made some rice crispy treats in a large flat pan and cut them 5" x 7" and about an inch thick. Then we wrapped them in foil and stacked them up like the gold plates. Next they went into a plastic zip bag. 

The day before class my strong armed husband dug a hole and found a flat rock to cover it. Lucky for us the church is located near a nice rural area with trees. 

Just before class we put the pretend plates in the hole with a pretend sword of Laban and some glasses and Liahona. During our lesson, we took the kids out and helped them locate the secret place, explaining how the gold plates had been hidden away. 

After we removed the edible plates, the kids put their facsimile plates in the hole and covered it back with the flat rock. The week before, the kids had made their own pretend metal  plates by engraving on foil with a pencil. 

You have a couple of options for that project. One is to used gold contact paper on cardboard. The second one, shown here is to use aluminum foil pan bottoms. We had a stack of those disposable pans, so we cut the bottoms out and used those. Aluminum foil wrapped around cardboard also works fine.

C.C.A. Christensen's painting of Joseph Smith ...


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  2. Ok- your blog is AMAZING! I'm so impressed with all you write about! Learning A LOT! Thank you

  3. Ah thanks -- I made these with my kids about 20 years ago! Still have them.

  4. Thanks, I am just getting back to adding more to it. This is the first year I am not homeschooling, since my youngest is now on a mission. But I love education and homeschool, so I am starting to work on some lesson plans like this one. Lots of good things to draw from today.

  5. Thanks. I needed to read this today. And would sure like to crack that sugar code too.

  6. Completely agree. When my oldest daughter was in 2nd grade she got basically the same homework to do every day after a long day of school, only the spelling words changed. She had to practice time reading drills (which I think succeeds in producing nervous readers). It took her between 2 to four hours to do her homework each night. Not because it was difficult, but because she was bored and tired. One day when going over her spelling words, the word, "mule," came up. My daughter said her teacher said it was a kind of donkey. I said, no it's half horse and half donkey. She didn't believe me because her teacher was the authority. So we looked it up and she learned all about mules and became interested in genetics. Time was growing late so I had to stop her from learning and so she could do her homework. That helped to plant the seed to homeschool. We started out with an online charter school, which was mostly great great, then felt confident enough to try full on homeschool and we're enjoying our second year. So glad we can enjoy learning without having to deal with the homework grind.

  7. LOL, yea, we all need sugar and reassurance! I was just going over the number of books my homeschooled kids read versus my two older kids who went to public school -- such a big difference.

  8. Great story, I kind started slowly into homeschool too -- first with an independant study program in the district, and then I started to choose my own books, and realized I could do it on my own. I felt such a relief.

  9. This looks like a very interesting set of books, Deila. I have my favorite books for U.S. History. It is called A History of US -- get it? *LOL* I, like you, hated Mr. Bart's boring 8th grade history class on U.S. History. I hated history until I got to Glendale College where I had a wonderful professor, Dr. Livingood. He was the greatest. I literally took every history class he taught, including his paleo class. I also took both physical and cultural anthropology, although the cultural was taught by another professor. Getting back to The History of US, a ten volume set, by Joy Hakim, published by Oxford University Press, is my favorite history text ever. She does have a general "dates" referencing, but her main focus is on the people who lived at the time various events happened and a lot of biographical information about the main characters, including stories from their childhood, etc. You don't just learn about Benjamin Franklin, the diplomat, but also about his life story from childhood up... you see how he came to be a person worthy of studying. When history went from battles and dates to people and their stories and why the did, felt, etc., what they did, that was the absolute KEY to getting my interest in history. My son loves history and we used those books when he was in home school for the 5th grade. He still loves history. Someone needs to get the dusty old teachers to adopt a new outlook on their subject. You know, I think I had Mr. Cooper, too. I had forgotten both of their names, actually, until you had written this blog. Guess history and history teachers were out of sight, out of mind for me, Thanks for the interesting article, Deila.


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