This past Sunday the 1st Counselor in our Primary had a really fun Sharing Time. I thought I would share what she did.
She began by reading the ‘Parable of the Bicycle’ (She had an actual book with this story, but I don’t remember what the name was, but it is the same story as The Parable of the Bicycle.) After the story she talked about the Atonement with the children. After they talked she had a really fun game to play.
Before Primary she wrote questions (for Jr. Primary) on pieces of paper; (examples of questions below). The children took turns popping balloons, either by sitting on them or using a tack to pop it. Then she would read the question to them and they would answer them. The kids had alot of fun, even if they weren’t the ones popping the balloon, they all enjoyed watching the person pop it. The Sharing Time went really well!
For Senior Primary she changed it a little. Instead of questions on the pieces of paper, she had a Scripture references written. The children would take turns popping the balloons, and then would look up the scripture that was written on the piece of paper. They then would have to decide what the scripture meant and match it to the phrase that described their scripture. (On the board, she had written phrases that explained what the scripture meant). Some examples of scriptures you could use:
John 3:16, Moses 1:39, D&C 19:16-17
Tell/read them the story of Jesus Praying in Gethsemane and the Crucifixion and explain what the Atonement is, and then have questions/scriptures in the balloon.
i.e. What was the name of the Garden that Jesus prayed in?
Who appeared to Jesus in Gethsemane? Luke 22:43-44
Why did Jesus have to die for us?
What must I do so that I can be saved?
Singing Time Idea:
I remember when I was in Primary we played a game similar to this. But instead of Sharing Time, it was used for Singing Time. The teacher would ask a child a question that had to do with one of the songs they were learning. If answered correctly they got to pop a balloon, and inside of the balloon was a song.
I remember sitting there, as a sunbeam, wanting to pop a balloon so bad. I finally got my chance, my question was ‘Who is the President of our Church?’ My answer: George Washington! I thought I had done so good, until everyone started laughing, and of course I was so embarassed and started crying, haha. But I still got to pop a balloon!
This is such a fun and easy game to play, and the children really enjoy it!