Identify the doctrine and encourage understanding (seeing a demonstration): Explain that tithing is giving one-tenth of the money you earn to the Lord through His Church. Show the children 10 coins. Ask them how many of the coins should be used to pay tithing. Show a tithing envelope and a donation slip, and explain that we pay tithing by filling out the donation slip, putting it in the envelope with our tithing, and giving it to the bishop or one of his counselors.
Encourage application (playing a game and hearing testimonies): Display pictures and objects that represent blessings that come from paying tithing, such as temples, meetinghouses, a hymnbook, the Children’s Songbook, a Primary manual, and the scriptures. Tell the children that because of tithing funds the Church can provide these things. Cover the pictures and objects. Take away one or two. Remove the cover and ask the children to guess what is missing. Repeat several times. Explain that there are other blessings that come from paying tithing that cannot be seen (see 3 Nephi 24:10). Have one or two adults tell about blessings they have received from paying tithing.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I am excited about this week’s Tithing Sharing Time Idea, and hope that you like it as well. I have been thinking about it lately, but hadn’t figured out exactly what I was going to do. I had some ideas, but it just wasn’t right. Then today I saw an idea that I shared a few years ago. I liked it, and thought the children would too, so that is what I am sharing today. I have some great printables to go along with my idea. Enjoy!
Tithing Sharing Time Idea
To begin your Sharing Time, “explain that tithing is giving one-tenth of the money you earn to the Lord through His Church. Show the children 10 coins. Ask them how many of the coins should be used to pay tithing.” There is also an idea from a previous outline where you invite 10 children up to the front and hand them each an item (apples, coins, etc.). You then demonstrate or ask what one-tenth is. If you would like to show them a large tithing slip, be sure to check out my printables, I included large (1 per page), medium (2 per page), and small (4 per page) tithing slip sheets.
Now for my idea. This idea will help the children practice figuring out one-tenth with a fun piggy bank activity.
Cute Piggie Clipart from La Boutique de Colori
This Sharing Time would work great as a whole Primary or in groups. I thought working in groups might be easier for Jr. Primary since some of the little ones may not quite understand the ‘one-tenth’ thing. Whatever you decide to do, you will need to choose a certain number of scenarios that you could like to use during your lesson. Once you have the scenarios chosen, find the matching ‘amount piggies’. I have included 3 pages of different amounts to choose from, 2 pages of scenarios, and some tithing slip sheets (below).
For each scenario, there will be a matching tithing amount. You will need to attach the tithing amount piggie onto a jar, paper bag, or any other type of container.
The children will be reading the scenario and then figuring out how much tithing they will need to pay. Once they have their tithing amount figured out, they will need to fill out their tithing slip.
Let’s talk about the jar…you could do this 2 different ways. You could have the children figure out the tithing amount and fill out their tithing slip. Then have them go find their matching tithing amount and place it in the container. OR you could have them figure out the tithing amount, go find the matching jar that has the tithing amount inside. They will then take the money from the jar, and fill out their tithing sip. Once filled out, they can return it to the jar.
Blessings from Tithing
I love the idea given in the outline, but since I just shared a similar idea a few weeks ago I thought I’d share another option. As in the outline, find pictures and objects that represent blessings that come from paying tithing, such as temples, meetinghouses, a hymnbook, the Children’s Songbook, a Primary manual, and the scriptures.
Place each item/picture into a large brown bag, and then number each bag. Included in my printable are 7 small coin-like circles. Cut out each of the circles, and place them inside each of the jars (you may have some left over depending on how many jars you use or you could place multiple coins inside of a jar).
When the children place their tithing slip inside the jar (or when the go retrieve their money out of the jar) tell them that they may find a special ‘Tithing Blessing Coin’ inside. Tell them to hold on to it until later.
After everyone has placed their tithing slip in the jar, invite the first group up (or just one person from the group), and have them bring the blessing coin with them. Have them look at the number on their coin, and then have them find the matching bag. Explain that they will be looking inside of the bag, and then giving clues to describe what is inside. The other children will have to listen to the clues to guess what the blessing is. Once they have figured it out, have the child take the item out of the bag and show it to the primary children.
Continue until each group has had a turn or until time runs out. Explain that there are other blessings that come from paying tithing that cannot be seen (see 3 Nephi 24:10). Have one or two adults tell about blessings they have received from paying tithing. Close by testifying of the importance of tithing.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Tithing Sharing Time Idea, and are able to use the ideas I shared today. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know. Or snap a picture of you preparing for your lesson, and tag me on Facebook or Instagram.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!