Sharing Time Idea from the 2017 Outline
Encourage understanding and application (playing a game): Write on separate pieces of paper a one-sentence summary of the most recent conference messages from members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. Place them on the board along with pictures of the leaders. Discuss each message. Invite a group of children to leave the room. Remove one of the messages from the board. Invite the children to return and decide together which message is missing. Ask the children to choose a Primary song that corresponds with the message, and sing it together. Invite the children to suggest ways they can apply the message. Repeat with other messages.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This week’s idea is one that I have used for several years, and it’s always a great lesson. You will be teaching the children that as we listen to the words of the Prophet and Apostles during General Conference, we will be blessed with Spiritual Treasures. I hope you enjoy my March 2017 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea!
For this activity, you will have a treasure chest, this represents the Spiritual Treasure from listening to General Conference. Wrapped around the treasure chest will be several ribbons with words, pictures, phrases. The children will be reading quotes from the Prophet and Apostles and will be matching it to the keyword/phrase/picture.
Before Primary, prayerfully read through the talks from the last General Conference, and select several quotes that you feel you should use for your lesson.From each quote chose a keyword or short phrase. After you have chosen all of your quotes, and keywords/phrases, write the words/phrases onto small tags. You could also use pictures/clipart from the media library instead of words (this works best for Jr. Primary).
Now let’s get the treasure chest ready. First, you need a treasure chest. A simple box painted brown would do or you can find an actual treasure chest somewhere (maybe a party store). A treasure chest wouldn’t be complete without a treasure. In the past I have put bubble gum in there with a sign that said, “I will chews to listen to General Conference” or something like that. But you could also have little notebooks for the children to take notes during General Conference, pencils, special ‘General Conference Glasses’. The possibilities are endless!
Once you have your treasure inside, close your chest and begin wrapping your ribbons around the treasure chest. The amount of quotes you have chosen will determine how many ribbons you will need. Gather your ribbons, and your quote tags and begin tying them around the treasure chest. Once you have your ribbons tied, and the tags/pictures on, you’re good!
Now let’s talk about the quotes. The tags that you placed on the treasure chest are only the keywords. For the activity you will be reading the whole quote you selected, and have the children match it to the correct keyword/picture. For the quotes, I thought it would be great to have the children do something to choose the quote. Here are a few ideas.
Last week you showed pictures of each of the First Presidency and 12 Apostles to the children. You could simply place a picture of each person you have chosen a quote from and attach them to a bulletin or chalkboard. They could then choose a picture and then have them read the quote for that person.
Since you’re talking about ‘spiritual treasures’ you could print off pictures of different jewels and post them around the Primary room. On the back of each jewel have a number that matches a picture posted on a chalkboard/bulletin board. One the back of the picture have the quote. To make it a little more ‘mysterious’ you could cover each of the photos with a page with the number on it.
You could also have bags with a picture and quote inside. Have the children choose a bag to reveal the person and the quote.
Those are just a few ideas. 🙂
March 2017 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea
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