When I dress modestly, I respect my body as a gift from God.
Sharing Time Idea from the 2012 Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (seeing a picture and reading scriptures): Write the following on the board, “My __________ is a ___________.” Show a picture of a temple. Ask, “Why are temples so special?” Have the children turn to 1 Corinthians 6:19. Ask them to look for what it says about their bodies as they read the scripture out loud with you. Ask the children what words will complete the sentence on the board (body, temple). Invite the children to stand and say the sentence together.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING ANDAPPLICATION(singing a song anddiscussing): Tell the children that our bodies are temples where the Holy Spirit can dwell. Sing the first verse of “The Lord Gave Me a Temple” (CS, 153). Invite the children to share how Heavenly Father wants us to dress and why. Explain that prophets of God have always counseled His children to dress modestly. Invite the children to listen for what parts of their body should be covered as you read from the “Dress and Appearance” section in For the Strength of Youth. Ask the children to think of one way they can dress modestly. Toss a soft object to a child and invite that child to share his or her idea. Ask that child to toss the obejct to another child, who will share his or her idea. Continue with other children.
Sharing Time Idea from Little LDS Ideas
So, I’ve been thinking about this Sharing Time for a little while, but haven’t had a chance to sit down at my computer. I had the idea of using a clothesline, but that was about it. But then this morning an idea came to me. 🙂See what you think.
As I looked at the topic for this week: “…I respect my body as agift from God” I thought of a way to begin your lesson.
Have a wrapped gift at the front of the room. Inside the gift have a picture or an outline of a person. Ask the children if they like gifts. Then ask them ‘When you receive a gift how do you take care of it? Do you do your best to keep that present in good condition?”
Then explain that our Heavenly Father has given us all a gift and he wants us to take care of it.
Invite a child or adult to come to the front and open the gift. Have them show the ‘gift’ to all the children. Discuss how our body is a gift from Heavenly Father and how we can take care of it. Explain that our body is a temple.
Modesty Laundry: Using a small box, construct a small washing machine. You could cover it in white paper and then cut a door in the top or the front. Draw dials and buttons, etc. to make it look like a real Washing Machine. You could even name your washing machine. 🙂
Next you will need to cut out several paper shirts, pants, shorts, etc. On the back of each you could have a picture of different clothing or just simply write ‘sleeveless shirt’, ‘clean pants’, ‘low cut shirt’ etc. You could also write some scenarios on the back of the clothes along with specific articles of clothing.
If you’re using pictures just remember that we were told to use church approved pictures. I would probably try to draw the clothes or find some clothes clipart without people wearing the clothes.
Have a clothesline at the front of the room and your washing machine filled with ‘clothes’. Tell the children that today you are going to do some laundry.
To Play:Invite a child up to the front and have him/her open the washing machine and pick out an article of clothing.
Have him/her tell you what the article of clothing is. Next have them decide if it’s modest or immodest. If it’s modest have them hang it up on the clothesline. If it’s immodest have them throw it in a garbage can.
Another way to play: Instead of the clothes being in the washing machine, have all the clothes in a laundry basket. Have the children pick out an article of clothing. If it’s modest have them hang it up, but if it’s immodest tell them that they need to ‘clean‘ it. Have them throw it in the washing machine. While it’s ‘washing’, have them tell you how they could change that article of clothing so that it’s modest.
Again you could use scenarios, pictures, etc.
You could even talk about what clothes we wear to certain places or events.
The Beach: swimsuit or snowsuit
Church: Dress or Pajamas
Soccer Game: Flip flops or cleats
Past Ideas from Little LDS Ideas Here are 3 ideas that I shared last year that you can use for this week’s Sharing time. They are simple and easy, but will be fun for the children and teach them the importance of modesty.
Idea #1- Fishing for Modesty (from a Sugardoodle reader last year):
Here is what Wendy shared:
“For an activity I am going to “Clean the Room” (like going fishing)I will have words written on the shirts that are on the floor (like, low cut shirt, clean pants, long shorts, too short shirt etc.)
As the kids fish the shirts up they will have to decide to keep the shirt and hang it up, or throw it away.”
The children love ‘fishing’, so as soon as I saw this comment I knew it was a great idea. Thanks Wendy!
Fishing For Modest #2: I thought of another way you could do the ‘fishing’. On pieces of paper write different scenarios, for example: going to the beach, going to church, going to sleep, etc. Place the papers ina bag or small container. Then on some other pieces of paper have a picture of an outfit that goes with each scenario (you could also cut out each oufit using colored paper), for example: a bathing suit (one piece for going to the beach), a dress for going to church, pajamas for going to sleep, etc.
To begin ask the children this: “Would you go to a warm beach wearing snow boots? Would you get ready for your soccer game by putting on pajamas? Of course not! There are certain times when you would wear those clothes—like when you are building a snowman or going to bed.
Today we are going to learn the importance of modesty and what kind of clothing is appropriate to wear for different activities. As you think about all of the things you need to do, remember to wear your best clothes when you go to church on Sunday. Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: “When we go to worship in a temple or a church, we put aside our working clothes and dress ourselves in something better. This change of clothing is a mark of respect” (“What Should I Wear” Feb. 2007 Friend Magazine).
Today we are going to go fishing, but not for fish, for modest clothes! In this bucket I have different activities. You are going to pick one piece of paper and read it and then you are going to have to decide what should be worn for that activity. Then you will have to fish for that outfit.
To play: place the ‘outfits’ on the floor in the front of the Primary room. Pick a child to come to the front and pick the first activity, (Let’s say they pick going to my soccer game). Once they have picked their activity have the child look at the outfits on the ground and ‘fish’ for the appropriate outfit.
Once they have ‘hooked’ the correct outfit have them show the other children. Explain why we would wear that and why it is modest (you may not have to explain that for each outfit).
Idea #2- Modesty Memory:Last month we played a few memory games and the children really loved it. This game that I had in mind is really similar to memory, and it’s sure to be a hit!
On small cards have several pictures of modest clothing (below the picture you might write what each one is). Then on a few other cards have a picture of a Frowny face or write ‘Immodest!!’
To begin your sharing time discuss what Modesty means, you could read a little bit from the “For the Strength of Youth”. Tell the children to listen because after you are done reading you are going to play ‘Modest Memory’.
To Play:have the cards attached to a chalkboard,poster-board, or bulletin board. Show the children the cards and tell them that on the back of each card is an article of ‘modest clothing’. They will need to take turns finding the match for each article of clothing. But beware! Some of the cards are Bad! On the back of some of the cards is a Frowny Face or ‘Immodest’. When one of these cards is chosen the cards will get mixed up.
As you find the match to each article of clothing you could discuss why it’s modest and why it is important to wear modest clothing. You could include a picture of a boy or girl without tattoos and talk about why we should not have tattoos. I saw another comment on Sugardoodle where she is going to compare tattoos with drawing on the walls.
This idea was from Lisa and here is what she said:
“Since we have some children in our ward that are the only members in their families, I feel a great responsibility to be sensitive to their situation…. Do we draw on the walls of the temples? No, just like we don’t draw on ourselves with pens and markers (credit to my husband who pointed out Primary-aged children generally don’t have issues with tatoos, but rather color on themselves with markers and pens-teach the principle).”
I loved that comparison!
Also have a picture of earrings and tell the children that President Hinckly encouraged all Young Women to wear only one pair of modest earrings.
This is a simple game, but I think the children will love it! And they will be looking out for those ‘frowny face’ cards and I’m sure they’ll get so excited when one is turned over.
Idea #3- Musical Modesty:(I’m having a hard time coming up with names, haha)
For this game have several scenarios written on pieces of paper and placed in a bag or container, example:
“It’s almost time for school to begin. Your best friend
invites you to go to the mall with her to do some
school shopping. While you’re looking through clothes
your friend comes up to you with a sleeveless shirt
and encourages you to buy it. What should you do?”
“Your friend invites you to go to the beach/pool.
But what should you wear?”
You could even have a few quotes from ‘For the Strength of Youth’ with a question or just the quote
You could also have pictures of different articles of clothing on each one. Have some modest and some immodest (You could also just write what they are, ‘short shorts’, ‘sleeveless shirt’, etc.) Have a poster split into two columns, with one side labeled ‘Modest’ and the other side ‘Immodest’.
You could also do a combination of all of these.
To Play: Have the papers in a bag or container. Tell the children that they are going to sing ‘The Lord Gave Me a Temple’. While they sing they are going to pass around the bag/container. When the music stops, whoever is holding it must pick out a piece of paper.
If it’s a question, they must answer it. If it’s a quote, they must read it. If it’s an article of clothing they must decide if it’s modest or immodest. Once they have finished their task continue playing the game by singing and passing it around.
When I first saw this topic and the idea in the outline I wasn’t sure what I was going to share. But as I thought about it and saw a few ideas these are what I came up with. I know modesty is a sensitive subject and might be a little too ‘over their heads’, but it’s important for them to learn now. I think about my Son and I’m pretty sure he has no idea what a tattoo even is, haha. But if he learns now and learns that we shouldnot have them, then he’ll have a better chance of resisting temptation when confronted with it.
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