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Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline

Encourage understanding: Write the following sentence on the board: “I can be a missionary now by ______.” Invite the children to think of things they can do to be a missionary now. Have them share their ideas with someone sitting next to them. Invite several children to write their responses on the board.

Encourage understanding: Invite an older child to share the story of the First Vision, and invite another child to share his or her feelings about the Book of Mormon. (Ask the children ahead of time so they have plenty of time to prepare.) Encourage all of the children to share the story of the First Vision or their feelings about the Book of Mormon with their families.

Encourage application: Ask the children to think of an action that shows how we can be missionaries and live the gospel now. Choose a child to come to the front of the room and share his or her action with the rest of the Primary. Invite the children to do the action as they sing “Do As I’m Doing” (CS, 276). Repeat with other children as time allows.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For this week’s Sharing Time idea, I thought it would be fun to ‘build a missionary’. But instead of using picture or cut-out pieces, why not have one of the children help you out. You could even invite one boy and one girl up, so you have an Elder and a Sister Missionary! Keep on reading to hear all about my idea.

September 2016 Sharing Time Idea

Before Primary you will need to gather several items that Missionaries use while serving a mission. Some of the items could include: Suit, Dress, White Shirt, Shoes, Scriptures, Name Tag, Comb/Brush, Preach My Gospel, etc.

Number pieces of paper (I would cut them into smallish squares or circles) and then tape or pin a number piece to each item. For this idea you will also need 1-2 foam dicelike THESE on Amazon. If you have more than 6 items you will need 2 dice, but if you only use 6 items then you can get away with one. You could also throw some trick things in there. These items could be things that Missionaries don’t use: video games, movies, etc.

Begin your Sharing Time by inviting the pianist to play the song, “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission”. Invite the children to listen quietly to see if they can guess what song is being played. Once they know what the song is have them stand up, raise their hand, or do a thumbs up.

Invite a child to stand up and share what song it is. Then show the children the statement: I Can Be a Missionary Now By…. You can have this typed onto a piece of paper or write it on a chalkboard. Explain to the children that today you are going to discuss how we can be missionaries, and to do that, we are going to ‘build a missionary’.

If I were doing this Sharing Time, I would probably invite 1 boy and 1 girl up to the front. Beside each of them (on a table or on the floor), have the missionary objects. Explain to the children that someone is going to roll the dice, and whatever number it lands on that is the item that they will have to hold or put on.

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‘Missionary Now ‘Tags

In addition to having missionary items with numbers on them, you could also have missionary tags (paper of course) with numbers on them. You will need the same amount of tags as you have ‘missionary items’. On the back have ways we can be a missionary now, and then post them onto a bulletin board or foam board. Let’s say a child rolls a number 6, have the one child find their ‘missionary item,’ and then have the chid that rolled the dice find the missionary tag with the number 6 on it. Have them flip it over and read aloud what it says. Then discuss it with the whole primary.

To go along with the outline, you could have the child that flipped over the name tag act out the word on the back of the tag. I think the children would like acting out the word. I went ahead and created some missionary tags for you to use. The tags I created say, “I Can Be a Missionary Now” (link below). I have included a sheet of blank tags, and then tags with numbers 1-12 in the top corner.

Continue rolling the dice and flipping over name tags until time runs out or until you have built your Missionary!

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Click HERE to print my Missionary Tags!

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First Vision

To end your Sharing Time share the story of the First Vision, and invite a child to share his or her feelings about the Book of Mormon. Encourage all of the children to share the story of the First Vision or their feelings about the Book of Mormon with their families, and encourage them to be a missionary.

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I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea, and use all or some of the ideas I have shared today. I would love to hear if you do, so be sure to leave me a comment letting me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!

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I have had so many kind comments about my 2016 Primary Program Cover and Invitations, and I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of your comments. Thank you! I have had a few people ask if I would be able to create some comment cards to go along with my program covers. So today that is what I am sharing. 🙂

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Primary Program Comment Card

If you’re new to the whole ‘comment card’ thing, let me explain. The idea is to have the people in the congregation fill out a card about the Primary Program. They can write down a simple note letting the children know what a great job they did, or they can write about the Spirit that was felt, or any other uplifting message.

Have the cards, pens/pencils, and a basket/box by the chapel doors. You might want a sign that says ‘Please take one’ or something along those lines. The instructions are on each card, so they will know to write down a message and then return it to the basket or to a member of the Primary Presidency.

I have heard that the Primary President then reads the cards aloud to the children during Primary. You could also invite some of the Sr. Primary children to read a few of them. Many of you like to have a little ‘celebration’ after the Program, these cards would be great to read during opening exercises, and then throughout your celebration activities. It would be fun to even pin them to your Primary bulletin board or the Ward bulletin for everyone to see. How do you use comment cards for the Primary Program?

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Primary Program Comment Cards

I created these fun comment cards that go along great with my Primary Program Cover, found HERE. I fit 4 to a page, so all you have to do is download and print. Feel free to print on plain paper or cardstock

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Click HERE to print my Primary Program Comment Cards!

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I hope you enjoy my Primary Program Comment Cards and are able to use them for your Primary Program. I love, love, love the Primary Program. It is one of my favorite Sundays, and I am looking forward to ours in December. I would love to hear if you use my cards, and how you plan to use them, so be sure to leave me a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day.

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Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline

Encourage understanding: Show a picture of Ammon and tell the children that he was a great missionary who taught the gospel to the Lamanites. Explain that he prepared to serve as a missionary before he went on his mission. Read (or ask an older child to read) Alma 17:2–3 out loud. Ask the other children to listen and raise their hand when they hear ways Ammon prepared to be a missionary. Ask a child to write their answers on the board. Tell the children that they can do these same things as they prepare to be missionaries. Sing “I Hope They Call Me on a Mission” (CS, 169). As they sing, invite the children to pantomime simple actions missionaries might do, such as knock on doors, read the scriptures, or ride a bike.

Encourage application: Tell the children that there are things they can do now to prepare to be missionaries, such as studying the scriptures, gaining a testimony, keeping the commandments, paying tithing, and saving money. Give each child a tithing slip, and show them how to fill it out. Help the children prepare a special place where they can put their tithing money and money they are saving for their missions. It could be a box, a small jar or can, or an envelope with separate spaces for tithing and savings.

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Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

For this week’s idea I love the idea from the outline. All Primary children LOVE the story of Ammon, but instead of showing a picture and reading the story to them why not invite someone in dressed up as Ammon or show them THIS video. I have used several of these videos in my Valiant 8/9 class and I am amazed at how well they listen and enjoy these videos. I also thought it would be fun to throw in a matching game, especially for Jr. Primary.  I have created some great printables for you to use for your Sharing Time. I hope you like them!

I Can Prepare Now to Serve a Mission

After you have discussed Ammon, and how he prepared to be a missionary, tell the children that today they are going to be playing a matching game to learn how they can prepare to be a missionary.

I created some fun ‘Missionary Match’ cards, but I only created the fronts. Just print them onto cardstock and then write a word or add a picture of a way that the children can do to prepare to be a missionary. Some of the words/pictures you could include could be: studying the scriptures, gaining a testimony, keeping the commandments, paying tithing, and saving money. You could also throw in words/pictures of things that missionaries do, like: knock on doors, read the scriptures, or ride a bike.

Have the cards on a bulletin board or chalkboard and invite a child up to the front to choose to cards. Have them flip the cards over to see if they are match. If they do have the child show the other children, and discuss how that can help them prepare to serve a mission.

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MISSION FUND JAR IDEA

I love the idea in the outline of having the children create a ‘Missionary Fund’ as well as a ‘Tithing Jar’. I decided to create some jar labels for each. I thought this would be a fun activity that the children would probably love to do. If you are able to gather enough jars or cans you could give one to each child, and have them decorate their jar/can. But if you have a large primary you could send each child home with these labels and instructions to make their own for Family Home Evening.

Click HERE to print my Missionary Printables!

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This week’s idea is very simple, but I think the children will enjoy it. I hope you are able to use the ideas that I have shared today for your Sharing Time lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time.

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As you may know by now, next year’s LDS Primary theme is “Choose the Right”. I am not currently serving in a Primary Presidency (I was released a month or so ago), but I know that Primary Presidencies are always looking for fun and inexpensive LDS Primary Birthday Gift ideas for the Primary kiddos. As I was thinking of ideas and trying to tie in the theme I had a thought of letting the children ‘choose’ their own prize! After some thinking I came up with ‘Choose the Right’ Birthday scratch cards! They’re easy to make AND I have some printables that I am sharing today to help you create your very own!

Choose the Right LDS Birthday Gift Ideas

As you can see in the picture above, I have a cute gum tag as well as my Choose the Right Birthday Scratch Card. I thought it would be fun to give the children gum or some other ‘chewy’ treat and a scratch card. Just put a few pieces of gum into a clear baggie tie it and attach this cute tag, easy peasy!

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Choose the Right LDS Primary

I decided to leave the bottom blank, but I left space for you to write in your own little message. 🙂 Have the children ‘scratch’ their cards either during opening exercises, so all the other children can see what their prize is OR have them wait until the end of Primary.

Some of the prizes that could be: pencils, bracelets (have you seen those rubber ones with ‘Choose the Right’?), bookmarks, Bishop Treat, or something else.

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Choose the Right Birthday Scratch Card

The gum tag is pretty self-explanatory, so let’s talk about those cute ‘scratch’ cards. I have seen them all over Pinterest, and LOVE them! I was surprised at how easy they are to make…2 simple ingredients! Really!

Choose the Right LDS Birthday Gift Idea

Well, I guess the supplies is more than 2 things, but to make the ‘scratch’ paint you only need 2 things.

First, you will need to print out my ‘Choose the Right Scratch Cards’ (link below) onto cardstock. I left the shield emblems blank on the actual printable because everyone’s prizes will be different. But just write in the prizes with a pen, and you’re good to go. Make sure to mix it up, so the prizes aren’t in the same places all the time.

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Grab a white crayon and color over ALL of the prize spaces.

LDS Primary Birthday Gift Ideas

Color each of those cute little shields…then brush off those little bits of crayon shavings, because you don’t want those sticking around. 🙂

Now for the ‘scratch’ paint. For this you will mix 1 part of liquid dish soap and 2 parts acrylic paint (just your every day craft paint). I think a metallic silver paint would look AWESOME, but I didn’t have any laying around, so I used yellow.

DIY Birthday Scratch Card

Mix the soap and paint together and then paint over each of the shields. You will have to paint 2-3 coats to make sure it is covered, and so the children can’t see the words underneath.

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DIY LDS Primary Birthday Cards

You can create a stencil or just paint it on by hand. I did the first one with a stencil and the rest of them by hand.

Let the solution dry completely. Then cut into cards and put them in your Primary closet! Be sure to have some pennies in there as well. 😉

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ANOTHER WAY

As I was typing up my post I wanted to double check the amounts of the ‘scratch solution’, but as I was searching around I found another way that you could make your ‘scratch cards’, and I’m thinking if you’re going to do this for Primary…I might do it this new way.

I found a great tutorial on Oopsey Daisy, HERE, where she uses contact paper. You get a big sheet and paint the entire sheet with your scratch solution. THEN you cut out the shields and then place them on the cards. I think it would go quite a bit faster this way, and it would look a little nicer. I am going to give this way a try and see which I like better.

LDS Primary Birthday Cards

Do you like my 2017 Choose the Right LDS Primary Birthday Gift idea? I know I would have loved these as a kid!

As promised, I have printables for you to create your very own ‘birthday scratch cards’. I have 2 different scratch cards to choose from and my ‘Chews the Right’ gum tags. Just use the link below to download and print.

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Click HERE to print my 2017 LDS Primary Birthday Gift printables!

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I hope you enjoy my LDS Primary Birthday Gift ideas, and use them in your Primary. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

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Do you need a great handout for your LDS Primary Lesson, “Jesus Christ Teaches the Nephites the Beatitudes”? Today I am sharing a “Let Your Light Shine” handout that I created that is perfect for this lesson!

Primary 4 Lesson 34: Jesus Christ Teaches the Nephites the Beatitudes

A month or so ago I was released at the 1st counselor in the Primary Presidency. I am now the Valiant 8 & 9 teacher, which consists of 9 boys…which like to talk. haha I am still figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Last Sunday was not such a great Sunday, but I’m not giving up! 😉 What have you found works for your Sr. Primary lessons? I would love ANY and ALL advice.

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