I guess I could have gone into more detail about Danny's class. As I mentioned, there were fourteen children in the Valiant class alone - four of them boys. I have never seen more than two Valiant boys in class since I started attending the ward in Myrtle Creek. After the opening prayer, Danny passed out scriptures to each child - part of a scripture anyway. Seven children had the names of a book found in the scriptures. Seven had a chapter (or section) and a verse. Danny asked why none of the children had looked up the scriptures she had handed out, what may have been the problem - when it was decided that each of the children had only part of scripture, Danny asked that they check the paper and find a partner that had the other half.
I was impressed how each of them actually worked together and didn't try to trade scripture pieces in order to sit with those they had sat with initially. After the seven scriptures were read, Danny asked what they all had in common. They all had to do with service. We then watched a short video about some of the things the members had to do to establish winter quarters. Danny asked what some of the things were and made a list on the chalk board: plant food, chop wood, build cabins, tend children and animals, prepare food, make clothing, blankets, shoes, etc. There were eleven answers given - including the fort itself. Danny then passed out paper and told the children they would have a minute to draw all of the things listed on the chalk board. Ready, GO!
Now not only am I NOT artistic, but I am such a smart aleck, I would have attempted to draw the fort and tell my instructor that all else listed on the board was behind the fenced area.
Most of the children attempted to draw everything in the order it had been written. One girl said she managed to draw seven and one said she got all eleven of them - but they weren't very good. Danny then asked the children what would make it easier for them to draw all of the pictures. Most were in agreement that more time would do it, but Danny reminded them of the scriptures they had read on service and how each could contribute his or her part but that nobody was expected to do all of it. She then assigned each of the children to draw only one thing from the list - assigning the fort to the last three (as there were more children than suggestions) and that made it easier.
Her last activity (or object lesson) was quite similar to the one I had mentioned here only instead of kisses she had passed out dumdums and larger rocks.
Two of the girls were wearing sandals - as though it is still summer outside. They had more complications of just trying to keep the rock in their shoe rather than walk on it. Only half the children were aware of the pain the rock had caused. Most enjoyed their dumdums and were able to tune out the discomfort. It was a good lesson. Danny always gives good lessons.