Sharing Time Idea from the 2014 Outline
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing the Atonement): Draw a straight path on the chalkboard ending at a place labeled “Eternal Life with Our Father in Heaven.” Put a picture of a person at the beginning of the path. Explain that the picture represents all of us and that we need to follow the path to get back to Heavenly Father. Tell the children that we cannot return to Heavenly Father by ourselves. Erase part of the path, and ask, “What could help us continue on the path?” Ask a child to read or recite the third article of faith. Show a picture of Christ in Gethsemane, and briefly explain the Atonement. Tell the children that Christ’s Atonement is like a bridge that will help us return to Heavenly Father; if we repent and obey the commandments, we will be able to live with Him again. Draw a bridge on the board, and move the picture of the person to the end of the path. Invite a few children to share their feelings about Jesus Christ and His Atonement. If time allows, sing “I Lived in Heaven” (CS, 4).
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
I was going to make a board game for this week’s Sharing Time, but ran out of time. But I’m glad I didn’t because I happen to see a great idea shared by a wonderful sister, Justina Keller, on Sugardoodle.
Justina had the idea of having the children go on a ‘Road Trip’.
“I am going to take the kids on a road trip. They are going to buckle their seatbelts and prepare to go to one of their favorite people’s homes. We will pack our bags and take off. Along the way we will take wrong turns (I am making signs for these) or reach dead ends. We will consult our map and then get back on track. We will then come to a sign that says Bridge out. We will talk about how disappointing it is that we came all this way and aren’t able to go on. Then we will talk about who can fix the bridge.”
Thanks Justina for the great idea!
Here are some ideas you could use to create your own ‘Road Trip’.
I’m not sure if Justina was going to actually have seat belts, but I think that would be a great idea and the kids would love it!
We had a ward activity once and needed seat belts for each chair, so we used streamers. Cut streamers into pieces and tape a piece to each side of the chair. Then just have the children place each piece onto their lap to ‘buckle’ the seat belt. 🙂
A Map…I would use a map to let the children know how far you are, and so they will be able to see the bridge that’s out.
Just get a large poster-board and create a map/game board.
Instead of having the children going on a trip to someone’s house have the beginning of the map represent when they were born. The journey that you are on is their life.
Finally you reach the bridge that’s out.
Show the children the map and explain that you can’t go any further because the bridge is out. What can we do?!?!
Explain to the children that throughout our lives we will make bad choices. You can share different examples if you would like. And when we make bad choices it’s like making wrong turns on our trip and sometimes we may reach a dead end…so what can we do to continue on our trip, to reach our Heavenly Father?
Ask a child to read or recite the third article of faith. Show a picture of Christ in Gethsemane, and briefly explain the Atonement. Tell the children that Christ’s Atonement is like a bridge that will help us return to Heavenly Father; if we repent and obey the commandments, we will be able to live with Him again. Attach a picture of a bridge to your map, and continue on your trip to the end of the path. Invite a few children to share their feelings about Jesus Christ and His Atonement.
Will your Primary be going on a Road Trip? I’d love to hear what you do for your road trip.
Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time.