Sharing Time Ideas from the 2018 Outline
Identify the doctrine: Hold up the scriptures and ask the children to tell you some of the things we learn about in the scriptures. Tell the children that one of the things we can learn about in the scriptures is how to pray.
Encourage understanding and application (hearing a scripture story): Tell the story of Alma and Amulek teaching the Zoramites (see Alma 31; 33–34). Invite the children to pantomime the correct way to pray. Ask the children what the story teaches about prayer. Make a list on the board of the children’s answers. Invite the children to discuss how the story applies to them.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This week I tried to come up with a different idea, because I have shared my Prayer PB & J idea so many times. But I have already had some comments about it, so I decided to just share it once again. This is a really fun way to teach about prayer and the proper way to pray. I know some worry about peanut allergies, but this idea is simple enough and can be easily adapted to fit the needs of any primary.
Alma and Amulet Scripture Story
In the outline it says to share the story of Alma and Amulek teaching the Zoramites. My “go-to” when it comes to sharing a story with the children is…the Illustrated Scripture videos. I love these videos! And the children always watch so well, and learn so much. So, I would start out my Sharing Time by showing this video, “The Zoramites and the Rameumptom” (It’s only two and a half minutes).
Prayer Object Lesson
If you have enough time, here is another great object lesson that you could use. Ask two children to come to the front. Invite one of the children to ask the other child a question, and have the child answer.
After they have done this, ask one of the children to leave the room and close the door. Ask the children how they can communicate with their friend when they are not with them (for example, writing a letter or talking on the phone). Explain that God is our Father and we are His children; because we are not in His presence, He has given us a way to talk to Him. Ask the children if they know how we talk to God. Have the children say after you, “I can pray to Heavenly Father.” You could invite a parent to come in for this demonstration or even have one of the teachers help out.
Prayer PB & J Sharing Time Idea
Now let’s talk about my Prayer PB & J Sharing Time Idea. To help the children learn the order of prayer, you are going to be building a PB & J sandwich. Please make sure there are NO nut allergies before deciding on this idea. If there is you could just substitute another spread or find pictures for each part of the sandwich (I shared some that you could use) and do it that way.
Before Primary, you will gather your sandwich supplies. I have included labels for the Peanut Butter and Jelly…and I just realized that I put the Jelly label onto the Peanut Butter in my picture below, oops. 🙂 The two slices of bread represent the opening and closing of our prayers, and the peanut butter and jelly represent the “thank” and “ask” part of our prayers.
In addition to your sandwich supplies, you will also need to find several pictures of things that we are Thankful for & things that we might Ask for. The children will be playing a little game with the pictures to help them learn things that they can pray about.
Peanut Butter & Jelly
The bread represents the opening and closing of the prayer (I link to better instructions below), but I wanted to just explain a little bit how I have done the jelly and peanut butter portion of this Sharing Time. Instead of putting on a lot of jelly and explain that that represents “We Tank Thee” I thought it would be fun to put just a tiny little glob.
Jr. Primary Idea
Instructions and Printables
I would love to hear if you use my Prayer PB & J Sharing Time Idea, so please leave a comment letting me know how it goes. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!