Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline
Encourage understanding: Gather pictures of events from the Restoration of the Church. Divide the sentence “Joseph Smith is the prophet of the Restoration” into as many sections as you have pictures, and prepare a wordstrip for each word or phrase (print the wordstrips HERE from LDS.org). Divide the children into groups, and give each group one of the wordstrips, a picture, and a scripture reference that describes what is happening in the picture. Ask the children to read the scriptures and discuss what is happening in the picture. Then have each group share their story with the rest of the Primary. Discuss Joseph Smith’s role in each event, and have the children think about how the event has affected or can affect their lives. Place each picture and wordstrip on the board in order. After all of the wordstrips are on the board, read the sentence together.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
This week’s Sharing Time idea that I am sharing is easy to prepare, but will be fun and keep the children engaged (at least I think). You will be discussing the different events of the restoration as well as the order that they happened.
I really like the idea in the outline, but I thought it might be a little too old for the younger children. Instead of splitting into groups, you will have the pictures of the restoration displayed at the front of the room, but only a piece of the picture will be visible. The children will be looking for the matching picture, and then placing in a timeline. Here is what you’ll need for this Sharing Time:
• Gospel Art Kit Pictures: you will need 2 of each picture (examples given in outline)
• My Gospel Art Kit picture covers (6 sheets total)
• Scripture References (see outline)
• Wordstrips (print them HERE)
Joseph Smith is the Prophet of the Restoration
Here’s a peek at what my picture covers look like to help you get an idea of what I’m talking about. 🙂 You will print these picture cover sheets out or create your own, (I would recommend using a thicker paper to make sure you can’t see through them) and then cover up all of the pictures. You can chose to have the pictures in order as they happened OR you could mix them up and have the children guess which order they happened.
Before Primary you will need to draw a timeline onto a chalkboard or you could also have a rope across the room with clothespins attached. Figure out what information you’d like on your timeline, you could have a date, a place, or just have the spaces numbered.
Beside the timeline have your covered pictures. On the back of the picture you could attach one of the wordstrips from the outline. On another board or around the Primary room, have the actual picture (uncovered).
How To Play:
Show the children the timeline and the pictures. Invite a child up to the front and have them choose a ‘covered’ picture OR have them look at the #1 picture. Then have them look at the other pictures and figure out which one it is. When the child has picked the correct picture, uncover it, and show the rest of the Primary children. Read the scripture or tell it in your own words. Discuss Joseph Smith’s role in each event, and have the children think about how the event has affected or can affect their lives. Then have them place it on the timeline. If you are using the wordstrips, have the child place the wordstrip somewhere on the chalkboard.
Invite another child up to the front and repeat by choosing a new picture. Continue until all the pictures have been matched and they are in the correct order. You can quickly review the events, and unscramble the sentence (wordstrips). Repeat the phrase together. Bear testimony of Joseph Smith and the restoration.
And that’s it! I hope you enjoy my idea for this week’s Sharing Time, and are able to use it for your lesson. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment. 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!