Here’s another Book of Mormon Gold Plates project for your kids. We did this one with our Primary class. But it would be a great project for celebrating the Feast of Trumpets.
First we made some rice crispy treats in a large flat pan and cut them 6″ x 8″ 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 had the kids “write” on the aluminum plates with a nail. Then we collected them and put them in a plastic bag. Next we took the kids outside and helped them locate the secret place, explaining how the gold plates had been hidden away. Once they had uncovered the hole in the ground, we exchanged the plates they had written on with the rice crispie treats. And everyone was happy.
- Aluminum Foil Pans
- Rolling Pin
- For Rice Crispie part”
- Rice Crispie Treats that you make
- Aluminum Foil
- Plastic Bags
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.
Feast of Trumpets and celebrating the day Joseph got the Gold Plates
The other Gold Plates project is located here.
Neal Maxwell Facts about the Gold Plates
The Book of Mormon is a translation of ancient Gold Plates, which is not easily understood by our young kids.
“Plates…the kind we eat from?”
My husband wants to get some sheets of ore to help the kids understand this ancient way of writing. The metal would have to be soft enough to use a stylus so they can understand the difficult process of writing. We did one project with aluminum which worked well for showing the method. But they weren’t gold.
I have used some simple materials for kids to make their own “Gold Plates.” We made these quite a few years ago and I recently got them out. I turned over onne of the “plates” done by my son when he was young (he is 30 now) and I read in his own handwriting a short little entry that made me laugh (all written in English). It’s a saver — like a journal entry.
The Maxwell Institute has some good descriptions of the plates from witnesses here. Share these with your kids. This is a good project for celebration of the Feast of Trumpets, when Joseph got the Gold Plates from Moroni.
- Gold contact paper (I got mine at a craft store, but Amazon has some too.) and Cardboard or you can buy Gold Card Stock Paper.
- Black Sharpie pen permanant marker
- Copy of the Reformed Egyptian letters (Anthon Transcript)
- Hole punch
- Gold clap rings — often called Loose Leaf rings or Book rings
Cut the cardboard into the desired size. Jospeh Smith said the plates were about 6 inches by 8 inches, Martin Harris said about 7 inches by 8 inches. Cut the contact paper to match and apply to both sides of the cardboard. If you are using Gold Card Stock paper, then you will not need to use cardboard and gold contact paper.
Next, Show the kids how to copy the Reformed Egyptian characters using a Sharpie pen. Punch holes and use the rings to join the plates.
Gold Metallic Contact Paper
Gold Heavy Stock Paper
Loose Leaf Rings
Characters from the Gold Plates
A facsimile of the Golden Plates, showing the sealed portion as well.
This is the wooden box the Prophet hid the plates in. The inside measurement of the box is 14” x 16”. The depth is 6 1/4” sloping to 4”. The wood is 3/4” thick. The lid and bottom are walnut, and the sides are made from boxwood. The box was used as a lap desk, which explains the sloped top. The box is in the possession of Patriarch Eldred G. Smith.
This is the box that Alvin gave Joseph to keep the Gold Plates