Encourage understanding (looking at pictures): Divide the children into groups and give each group a picture of a family (for example, Adam and Eve teaching their children [GAB, no. 5], Christ raising Jairus’s daughter [GAB, no. 41], Lehi’s family arriving in the promised land [GAB, no. 71], and a family praying [GAB, no. 112]). Invite each group to find the family members in their picture. Have each group show their picture to the rest of the children and point out the father, mother, and children. Ask the children to show with their fingers how many people are in their own families. Tell them that their families are part of Heavenly Father’s plan.
Encourage application: Ask the boys to stand. Explain that they can each be the father of a righteous family someday. Invite a few of the boys to say something they might do to be a good father. Ask the girls to stand, and explain that they can each be the mother of a righteous family. Ask a few of them to say something they might do to be a good mother. Invite all the children to share something they can do to bring happiness to the families they have now.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This week’s idea is simple, but I think the children will enjoy the activity and will learn the principles that will be taught. In the outline the idea is to have different pictures of different families found in the scriptures. Instead of breaking into groups and discussing the families, I thought it might be fun to play a little “Family Guess Who” type game. I have included an idea for Sr. Primary as well as an easier game for Jr. Primary.
Before Primary you will need to find each of the pictures listed in the outline. I have included links to each of the pictures that can be found on the church’s website. The pictures are: GAK 119: Adam and Eve’s Family; GAK 215:Christ Raising Jairus’s Daughter; GAK 304: Lehi’s Family Arrive in the Promised Land; GAK 606: Family Prayer (here is another family prayer picture from LDS.org).
You will also need to print some picture cover sheets out or create your own, (I would recommend using a thicker paper to make sure you can’t see through them) and then cover up each of the pictures. On each of the cover photos is a small circle that you will need to cut out. This activity is a little bit of a “Guess Who” and “I Spy” in one. The children will be guessing what families they are learning about using clues and the small portion of the picture that they see. I hope that makes sense. 🙂
Family Guess Who Activity
There are several ways you could play this activity, here is a Sr. Primary idea that I thought of. At the front of the room have your covered photos posted onto a chalkboard or bulletin board. Explain to the children that today they are going to discuss some families in the scriptures. Tell them that you are going to read some clues aloud. When they think they know who it is have them raise their hand, stand up, hold a thumbs up, etc. Some clues could include:
Adam and Eve
This family was sent out of their home to live in the dreary world.
This family worked hard to to provide for the needs of their children.
They had many children and taught them the gospel and the ways of the Lord.
This was the first family on earth.
You can wait and ask a child which family it is after you have read all the clues OR you could ask as soon as they stand up. As soon as a child answers correctly, invite them up to the front and see if they can find the picture of the family you just talked about. If correct, have the child reveal the picture of the family. You can continue by sharing more information about that particular family. Then continue by reading the next clues for the next family. To make it a little easier you could have two sets of pictures. One set with the cover sheet and one set uncovered.
To close, review each of the families. Than ask a few of them to say something they might do to be a good mother/father. Invite all the children to share something they can do to bring happiness to the families they have now.
Jr. Primary Activity
The Jr. Primary activity is pretty much the same, but I thought instead of reading clues to the children it might be fun to have items in a bag that represent each family/story.
Have your bags with items, at the front of the room. Invite a child up to the front and have a child choose one bag. Have the child retrieve an item out of the bag and show it to the primary. You could let the child choose another child up to pick the next item out of the bag or you could just have the same child retrieve all of the items out of the bag one by one.
The rest of the Primary children could stand up or hold their hand once they think they know which family the items are representing. Once a child has answered correctly, invite them up to guess which covered picture is the correct family picture.
I have created some cover sheets that you are welcome to use, but it would also be very easy to create your own. The cover sheets I created fit the Gospel Art Kit pictures listed in the outline. If you use the same pictures, but print them offline they might be a different size.
If you would like to discuss some other scripture families find some pictures and add more pictures to your activity. To print my cover sheets, just click the link below.
I hope you enjoy my July 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Idea. I would love to hear if you use this idea and how it goes, 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!