Sharing Time Idea from the 2018 Outline
Identify the doctrine: Prepare two wordstrips, one that says “I have agency” and one that says “I am responsible for my choices.” Divide the children into two groups. Ask two children to come to the front of the room. Ask one of them to hold up the first wordstrip, and have one of the groups stand and say, “I have agency.” Ask the other child to hold up the second wordstrip, and have the other group stand and say, “I am responsible for my choices.” Repeat several times, letting each group say each phrase.
Encourage understanding (discussing consequences): Ask the children what the consequence would be if they chose to not eat, to touch a hot stove, to attend church, or to be kind to others. Explain that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to make good choices and receive the blessings of those choices.
Encourage application (playing a game): Write on strips of paper some good choices and some bad choices a child could make. Place the strips in a container. Have the children form two lines, a “choice” line and a “consequences” line. Have the first child in each line walk to the front of the room as everyone sings the first line of “Choose the Right” (Hymns, no. 239). Have the child in the “choice” line draw out and read a choice. Have the other child give a possible consequence of that choice. Have the rest of the children point their thumbs up if it is a good choice and point their thumbs down if it is a bad choice. Continue as time allows.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
For this week’s idea I am sharing 3 great Agency Sharing Time Ideas that you could incorporate into your Sharing Time lesson. Each of these Agency Sharing Time Ideas would work with a little change to fit this week’s topic perfectly. I have included some great printables to help you out and make preparing a little easier. I hope you like the ideas!
I shared this fun idea back in 2013, and I actually saw it first on Sugardoodle, a wonderful sister left a comment with the idea. This would be a great way to begin your lesson on choices and agency.
At the front of the room on a table have 3 glass jars. Jar 1 will be completely empty, but inside jars 2 & 3 you will have items that would be appealing to the children (idea: gum balls, toys, marbles, etc.). Invite a child up to the front and show him/her the jars. Then tell the child that they can choose anything they would like from Jar1, and ONLY Jar 1.The child will probably look at you like you’re crazy….or mean haha.
“Chews the Right” Sharing Time Activity
For this activity the children will be choosing scenarios out of jars and then adding air to a balloon to represent a bubble gum. I think the children will have a lot of fun and learn about “chewsing” the right.
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Some Other Agency Sharing Time Ideas
Another Agency Sharing Time Idea that I shared last year is a choices jar activity that I shared a few years ago. It’s such a great activity that I have used it several times for Sharing Time.
You might need to come up with some new scenarios, but the idea would still be great for this week.
You can also take a look at all of my Agency Sharing Time Ideas by topic, HERE. I hope you enjoy this week’s ideas and are able to use some of them for your lesson this week. I would love to hear what you do, so leave a comment letting me know.
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