Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline
Encourage understanding and application (reading scriptures): Explain that the first four commandments Heavenly Father gave to Moses teach us that we should respect and worship God. Write the following sentences on the board. Write the scripture references on four pieces of paper.
- Thou shalt have no other ______before me. (Exodus 20:3)
- Thou shalt not make unto thee any ____________. (Exodus 20:4)
- Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God ____________. (Exodus 20:7)
- Remember the ____________, to keep it holy. (Exodus 20:8)
Divide the children into four groups. Give each group one of the scripture references, and ask them to read the scripture and find the corresponding sentence on the board. Ask the first group to fill in their blank on the board and lead the other children in repeating the sentence together. Discuss the meaning of the commandment, and let the children suggest what they can do to obey it. Write their suggestions on the board. Repeat with the other three groups. Encourage the children to choose one of the suggestions on the board to work on during the week.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
This week’s idea is very late, but I hope some of you can still find the ideas helpful. After thinking and thinking about what to do, and thinking some more, I finally have an idea to share. This idea is perfect for both Jr. and Sr. primary and goes right along with the outline. Enjoy!
Before Primary, you will need to find 4 pictures/items to represent each of the 4 commandments that will be discussed during your Sharing Time. I love the stories and pictures from Pergler’s Primary Place, so be sure to stop by her blog, HERE, and take a look. You will also need my Commandment printables as well as large envelopes or brown paper bags for each one. Print and cut out each of my commandment tablets, and then place each one in an envelope. Label each envelope with the numbers 1-4.
At the front of the room, have each of the pictures that you have chosen to represent each commandment posted on a chalkboard or bulletin board. On a smaller board (or on a table) place the 4 commandment envelopes. Explain to the children that the first four commandments Heavenly Father gave to Moses teach us that we should respect and worship God. Then explain that they are going to learn a little more about these commandments by playing Commandment Wheel.
This activity is one that our primary loves! Have you ever seen the ‘Spin the Wheel’ apps that you can download on your phone or tablets? If not, my amazing friend, Maria, explained a little bit about it over on her blog, MeckMom, HERE.
The children will be using the spinning app to decide which commandment they will be learning about. If you don’t have a tablet to use, you can always use the human spinner idea, HERE, or use a fidget spinner to create your very own spinner!
How to Play
Invite a child up to the front and have them spin. Once the spinner has stopped on a number, have the child grab the envelope with the matching number. Take out the commandment tablet in the envelope and read it aloud. You could then ask if anyone knows what it means. Next, explain the commandment, or if you’re using the great images and stories from Pergler’s Primary Place, read the story for the appropriate commandment. Once you have read the story, ask the child to match the commandment to the appropriate picture.
For example: If they landed on commandment number 1 you would read the story about Daniel in the Lion’s den. The child would then try to match the commandment to the picture.
After they have found the picture, discuss the commandment a little more and let the children suggest what they can do to obey it. Have the child place the commandment tablet picture under the picture that matches.
Continue by inviting another child up to the front to spin. Continue until all commandments have been chosen or until time runs out.
Another Way to Play
Since there are only 4 commandments, and everyone will want to spin, you could add extra question mark spaces. Inside the question mark envelope you could have several different questions to ask the children. Questions you could ask could include:
What can you do to obey the commandments?
Name one of the ten commandments?
How are you blessed when you keep the commandments?
Sr. Primary Idea
To make it a little more challenging, and to get the children to open up their scriptures, use the commandment tablets with the missing word that I included in my Commandment Printables for this week (link below). Have the child look up the commandment to reveal the missing word, then write it in, read the story, and finally have them guess which picture it goes with.
I hope you enjoy my September 2017 Week 2 Sharing Time Idea. I would love to hear if you use it, and how it goes, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day, and a great Sharing Time!