Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline
Encourage understanding: Divide the children into five groups. Give each group one of the following scriptures and some props or a simple costume to represent the corresponding prophet: Isaiah 7:14; 9:6 (Isaiah); 1 Nephi 11:14–21 (Nephi); Mosiah 3:5, 8 (King Benjamin); Alma 7:9–10 (Alma); Helaman 14:2–6 (Samuel). Invite each group to read and discuss what the prophet said about Christ’s birth. Have one child from each group use the props or costume to represent the prophet and tell the other children which prophet he or she is representing and to read or tell what that prophet said about Jesus’s birth. Sing “He Sent His Son” (CS, 34–35) or “Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus” (CS, 36).
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
I am once again using ideas that I shared back in 2011. They go right along with the outline, but add a little something extra to help keep the kids interested and (hopefully) reverent. I have 2 ideas for you today, I hope you like them and can use them for your Sharing Time lesson. 🙂
Since it’s December, you’ve gotta incorporate presents, right? The children always get so excited when they see gifts, so I like using them in my lessons. For my first idea, you will need a little help from some adults to dress up as the prophets from the scriptures given in the outline:
Isaiah 7:14; 9:6 (Isaiah)
1 Nephi 11:14–21 (Nephi)
Mosiah 3:5, 8 (King Benjamin)
Alma 7:9–10 (Alma)
Helaman 14:2–6 (Samuel)
You will have a wrapped present for each of the Prophets with their name inside.
A child will come to the front and choose a present and then unwrap it to reveal the name of the Prophet. The ‘Prophet’ will then come into the Primary Room and share the scripture/message with the children. You will then discuss what the scripture means.
Another Way to Play
If you don’t want to have people dress up, here is an alternative idea. Have five gifts with the scriptures and the name of the Prophet inside. On a board have 5 pictures that have to do with each of the prophets/scriptures. Invite a child up and have them pick a gift, then have them unwrap the gift. Read the scripture aloud and then have them match the name of the prophet with the picture it belongs to.
Here are some examples of pictures you could use:
Isaiah: you could have a Nativity picture with the names of Christ, from the scripture, around it.
Nephi: this one is very similar to Alma, but you could have a picture of Jesus Christ
King Benjamin: a picture of Christ raising Jairus’ daughter or another picture of Christ performing a miracle
Alma: a picture of Mary and baby Jesus
you could use the picture that I used above, found HERE
, or another picture of the new star.
Discuss the scripture after each one has been read and matched.
**You could also do a present pass. Have the pianist play a song and pass the gift around. When the music stops that child gets to unwrap the present.
These are just a couple simple ideas that I had in mind, but I think the children will really enjoy them, and learn about the birth of Jesus Christ as prophesied by many prophets of old.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this week’s ideas and use them for your lesson. If you do I would love to hear how it goes, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!