Sharing Time Idea from the 2013 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (reading a scripture): Explain that Malachi was an Old Testament prophet who taught the people to pay their tithing. Ask a child to read Malachi 3:10 as the other children listen for what the Lord promises us if we pay tithing. Explain that “open you the windows of heaven” refers to blessings we receive when we pay tithing.
ENCOURAGING UNDERSTANDING (seeing an object lesson): Invite 10 children to the front of the room. Give each one an apple (or other fruit) and ask them to hold their apples up and pretend to be apple trees. Have another child “pick” the apples and put them into a basket. Explain that tithing is one-tenth of what we earn and is usually paid with money, but there have been times when people paid with whatever they had. Ask how many apples the child would give to the bishop for tithing.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (discussing tithing): Show a tithing receipt and envelope. Discuss the process of paying tithing. Invite children to share how their families have been blessed by paying tithing. Bear testimony of the blessings that come from obeying the prophet’s counsel to pay tithing.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
To begin your Sharing Time, “explain that tithing is giving one-tenth of the money you earn to the Lord through His Church. The Encourage Understanding activity from the outline is a great idea to teach tithing to children. After you have discussed one-tenth you could show them a large tithing slip and practice filling one out. I have included tithing slip printables for you to use. There is a large (1 per page), medium (2 per page), and small (4 per page) tithing slip sheets.
Now for my idea. This idea will help the children practice figuring out one-tenth with a fun Tithing Piggy Bank Sharing Time Idea.
Tithing Piggy Bank Sharing Time Idea
My Tithing Piggy Bank Sharing Time Idea would work great as a whole Primary or in groups. I thought working in groups might be easier for Jr. Primary since some of the little ones may not quite understand the ‘one-tenth’ thing.
The children will be reading scenarios and then figuring out how much tithing they will need to pay to find their matching piggy bank. They will also be practicing filling out a tithing slip and discuss blessings that we can receive from paying tithing.
First, print out my Tithing Sharing Time printables (link below). After you have printed them out, choose a certain number of scenarios that you would like to use during your lesson. After you have decided on your scenarios, find the matching ‘tithing amount piggies’.
Now, grab the “tithing amount” piggies and cut out the ones that you will be using and attach each pig to a jar or brown paper bag. In the outline they recommend talking about blessings that we receive from tithing. For this part you will be using “blessing tokens”. Inside some of the bags, place a few of the “blessing tokens”. My blessing tokens are also included in my printables and look like coins.
Let’s talk a little bit about the blessing tokens. For each blessing token you could have an object that represents blessings that come from paying tithing: such as temples, meetinghouses, a hymnbook, the Children’s Songbook, a Primary manual, and the scriptures. Have the items inside a bag and have each bag numbered. When a blessing token is found, the child will look at the number on the coin and find the matching blessing. Have them show the children the item, and then have them share how that item could be a blessing in our lives. Having items to represent blessings would work great for Jr. Primary. You could also share stories from The Friend that talk about how people were blessed from paying tithing, you can find some great stories, HERE.
How To Play
Have your piggy banks lined up at the front of the Primary Room. Place the scenario pigs around the primary room. Invite a child to find a scenario somewhere in the Primary room and have them read the scenario aloud.Have the child figure out how much tithing they would need to pay for that amount (this would be perfect for Sr. Primary). Once they have the correct amount have them place some money (play money) inside the appropriate piggy bank. You could also have them place the money inside a tithing envelope and then place it in the piggy bank. When they place their tithing into their jar/bag, if they find a “blessing token” have them take the token out and find the matching blessing item or share the matching story.
Sharing Time Group Idea
If you choose to break into groups (especially for Jr.), give each group a scenario. Have the group read the scenario together and then figure out how much tithing they would need to pay. Once all the groups have filled out their slips, invite each group up one by one and share their scenario and their tithing amount. Have them place their tithing slip into their jar/bag. When they place their tithing into their jar/bag, if they find a “blessing token” have them take the token out and find the matching blessing item or share the matching story.
I hope you like my Tithing Piggy Bank Sharing Time Idea. If you use my piggy bank idea let me know how it goes, and if you use it, but change it some way I would love to hear it.
Thanks for stopping by everyone! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!