Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline
Encourage understanding and application (listening to a story): Tell the following story: “Two boys found a worn-out pair of shoes by the road. In the distance they could see a man working in a field. One of the boys suggested that they hide the shoes and then watch the man’s reaction.” Ask the children to share what they would say to this boy. Then tell the rest of the story: “The other boy suggested that instead of hiding the shoes, they should put a silver coin in each one, and that’s what they did. Soon the man returned. When he found the coins, he was so overwhelmed with gratitude that he knelt down and offered a prayer of thanks. He spoke of his wife, who was sick, and his children, who had no food, and he asked the Lord to bless whoever had helped him. The boys felt something warm in their hearts and were thankful they had chosen the right” (see Gordon B. Hinckley, in Conference Report, Apr. 1993, 71; or Ensign, May 1993, 54). Invite several children to share times when good friends have helped them choose the right.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I am excited to share this week’s Good Friends Sharing Time Idea and Printables! I looked back at my idea that I shared in 2012, and decided to use some of that idea to create a fresh, new idea for my August 2017 Sharing Time Idea. I have to say THANK YOU to Darcee of Pergler’s Primary Place because I used some of her amazing idea for this week (you can check out her idea, HERE). I hope you enjoy this week’s idea and are able to use it for your lesson. Enjoy!
Before we get into my idea, I thought I would share that the story in the outline is actually a Mormon Message. This would be a great way to share the story with the children instead of reading it to them. I feel like the children in my Primary class get a lot more out of videos than when I read to them, so always use videos when possible. You can find the video, “Lessons I Learned As a Boy,” HERE!
The video is only 4 minutes, which is perfect! Here is the video, I love it!
Friendly Feet Sharing Time Activity
My activity today is called ‘Friendly Feet’. I have made a few changes from my original ‘Friendly Feet’ idea (you can take a look at that one HERE), and I am loving the new changes and the fun new printables.
The children will be looking inside of boots (like in the story) to learn more about good friends. To choose which boot to read you can have the children roll a dice, spin a spinner OR do a human spinner, that’s always fun. 🙂 Let’s talk about putting it all together.
For this Sharing Time you will need: my Good Friends Sharing Time printables, dice/spinner/spinning chair, silver coins (optional), brown paper bags, glue/tape, and popsicle sticks (also optional).
First, print out the boot printables (6 total) and cut them out. Then glue each boot to the side of each brown paper bag. Easy Peasy! Next, print out the ‘Good Friend Stories’ and cut each one out. This is where I have to, once again, thank Darcee from Pergler’s Primary Place. Darcee came up with the idea of having each letter of the word ‘FRIEND’ represent a characteristic of a good friend. She was also the one who found each of the amazing stories to go along with each characteristic! You re amazing, Darcee! Place each story inside the matching boot.
Optional Silver Coin Idea
To go along with the story from Gordon B. Hinckley, I thought it might be fun to place a silver coin in a few of the bags. Whenever a child finds a boot with a coin inside, they can share times when good friends have helped them choose the right or they could share what they can do to be a good friend. Wouldn’t that be cute? You could even find some of those chocolate coins and put them in there. Yum!
How To Play
Now that we’ve talked a little bit about putting it all together, let’s talk about how to play. For your Sharing Time, have each boot bag at the front of the room. Explain to the children that they are going to be selecting a boot, and inside the boots are stories about good friends, and characteristics of a good friend.
Now, you have some choices on how you will choose your boots. Each of the boots are numbered 1-6, so you could simply have the children roll a die to decide which boot they’ll look inside. You could also use a spinner and just have six spaces labeled 1-6. If you’re a little more daring, and want to do something fun…you could do the ‘human spinner’! For the human spinner you will need a spinning office chair. Around the office chair you will need to create 6 spaces and label them 1-6. Choose a child to sit in the chair, and then give them a spin. Have them point their feet out, and whatever space they land on once they stop spinning is the boot that they will look inside.
Once the child has rolled the die or spun the spinner and landed on a number, have them find the matching number and look inside the bag. Have them pull out the story and read it aloud (or you can read it aloud if they cannot read). Another idea that I thought might be fun, especially for JR Primary, is to have the cute little faces (that I used on the story printable) on popsicle sticks. I went ahead and enlarged each of the faces so you can cut them out and attach them to popsicle sticks. Have the child hold up the face when you are reading the story. I thought the little children would enjoy holding up a popsicle stick face, but it’s totally optional. 🙂
After you have read the story, and discussed it with the children, invite a new child to come up and roll or spin. Continue until all the stories have been read or until time runs out.
If you decide to use the chocolate coins inside some of the bags, at the end you could hand a chocolate coin to each child and encourage them to not only have good friends, but to BE a good friend. Close by bearing your testimony of the importance of good friends.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Good Friends Sharing Time Idea and Printables, and I hope that you are able to use them for your Sharing Time lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!