Sharing Time Idea from the 2012 Outline
Heavenly Father sent His Son to earth.
Heavenly Father sent His Son to earth.
He came as a baby (cradle arms).
He grew up like you and me (bend at waist and slowly stand up).
Because He loved us, (hands over heart) He died for us (sit down).
Because He was resurrected, we will live again (stand again)!
Explain that in the scriptures, Jesus tells us that He is the Son of God. Read Doctrine and Covenants 11:28 out loud together. (You could invite younger children to just say “the Son of God” when you read that part of the scripture.)
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (drawing and listening to a story): Have each child draw a scene or a person from the story of the birth of Jesus Christ (for example, Mary, Joseph, or the shepherds). Retell the account from Luke 2:4-17 and Matthew 2:1-12. Invite the children to hold up their pictures at the appropriate times during the story. You may want to sing Christmas songs from the Children’s Songbook during this activity (see pages 34-54). For suggestions about using music in teaching, see TNGC, 172-75).
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I know I’ve shared this idea before, but it’s such a great idea to use during the month of December, so I’m sharing it again.
Need: You will need a nativity set (the Fisher Price ones are great for this) or use a ‘build your own’ picture of a nativity. You can find a great one on Green Jell-o with Carrots, found HERE (they have a few different ones, so look around).
Begin by asking the children, “What is the first thing that you think of when you hear the word ‘Christmas’?”
You will most likely hear PRESENTS!
Explain that yes, Christmas is a time where we give and receive gifts, hear wonderful music, see a man in a big red suit with his little reindeer, etc., etc…..but Christmas is actually a very special time. Tell them that we were given a great gift and that is why we celebrate Christmas.
Show the children the stable, and tell them that today they are going to learn about the Birth of Jesus Christ and why He is our greatest gift.
There are different ways you can do this activity.
1. Have the stable on a table at the front of the room, and the remaining pieces in a bag or another container, to the side. As you read the story from Luke, invite a child up to find the piece that was read in that verse.
At the end you will have every piece of your nativity set up.
2. Place each piece of the nativity inside of a box and tie a bow around the box. Then add a number to each box. Just make sure you number the boxes correctly. You will want them numbered in the order they appear in the scripture. Begin reading verse by verse. When you are about to read about box #1 invite the child who has #1 to open the box. As you read the scripture (or another child read) invite the child to come to the front and have them add their piece to the nativity.
3. You could also have the scripture reference along with the piece wrapped inside of a box. Number the boxes. Begin by choosing a child to come to the front and pick box #1. Have them open the box and find the scripture reference. Have them read it aloud, and then show the piece to everyone. Have them add the piece to the nativity.
4. You could combine Singing Time & Sharing Time by doing the activity this way: Have your nativity set wrapped into individual boxes. Begin with box #1 (have the nativity piece and the scripture inside the box). Tell the children that they will sing the song and pass the gift around. When the music stops they must stop passing the gift. Whoever is holding the gift when the music stops, will get to open the gift.
Invite the child to the front of the room to open the gift. Have them read the scripture and then show the piece to everyone. Then have them add it to the nativity.
5. Baby Jesus: You could leave Jesus for the very last. Have the last child open the gift with baby Jesus inside. You could then explain WHY Jesus is our greatest gift. Using the pictures from the Gospel Art Kit you could quickly go through some of the major events during Christ’s life. Explain to the children that Jesus was sent to Earth and that He was sent here for us.
Tell the children that all month long they will be learning about Jesus, and encourage them to remember Him during this wonderful Christmas season.
*I had an idea of talking about the symbols of Christmas, but I just saw that we will be doing that for week 3, yeah, so I’ll try to come up with something great!
Have a wonderful week and a great Sharing Time.