Before I share my ideas today I wanted to explain to all of you why I am just now posting an idea for this week. You probably don’t want to hear my blabber on and on, so I’ll make it short and sweet or you could just skip my big boring excuse and scroll right on down to the ideas :). Here it goes…
First excuse, our internet. We live 3 miles out of town and since we live 3 miles out of town we cannot get regular high speed internet from the telephone/cable company. And since we don’t have that luxury (haha) we have to get satellite internet…bummer! Plus we share this internet with my In-laws, we live right next door to them. And a few weeks ago something happened and now we don’t get that great of signal, so our internet is very sporadic over here. I was using my laptop, but unfortunately it is getting old and is dying (R.I.P. poor laptop). So now I’m stuck with our desktop computer and I just have to put up with the constant kicking me off and then having signal, kicking me off, having signal…..you get the idea. 🙂
Second excuse….we have had a crazy month! This month we have had something going on every week. For instance this weekend (starting today) we have a family reunion out at our house. Next weekend we have a Primary party and a wedding reception, and so on and so on. I’m hoping September brings a more calm pace of life. haha
Third, my Family (I couldn’t list this on as an excuse, 😉 ). When I started this blog I promised myself I wouldn’t let it come before my children/family. So I’ve had to put off posting ideas while I spend time/take care of them. I have been amazed/blessed by the time I am able to find where I am able to sit down and work on my blog. I’ve had many people ask me how in the world do I have time for a blog….amazingly there is time. 🙂 I enjoy my blog so much, but unfortunately there are times (like this week) when I won’t get an idea posted when I want to. But don’t worry I will eventually post something…it might be 2 days before Sunday, but I will get it posted.
So there you go, I hope those are good enough excuses for posting this so late. I apologize, but I hope you understand.
Now on to some ideas!
Sharing Time Ideas from 2011 Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE
(reading a scripture and a gospel standard): Ask the children to turn to 1 Corinthians 3:16
and read the scripture aloud together. Tell the children that one of the ways we treat our bodies like temples is by dressing modestly. Display “My Gospel Standards
” and have the children read aloud the standard that says, “I will dress modestly to show respect for Heavenly Father and myself.”
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing modesty and illustrating posters): Discuss what dressing modestly means (see the “Dress and Appearance” section of “For the Strength of Youth“). Prepare several posters with “I will dress modestly by….” written at the top. Divide the chidlren into groups, and ask each group to write their commitment to dress modestly or draw a picture of themselves in modest dress on one of the posters. Display the posters in the Primary room. You could adapt this activity for a larger Primary by asking each child to write or draw one idea on a small piece of paper. Then attach all of the papers to the poster.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS IdeasHere are 3 ideas 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: I was on Sugardoodle last night looking at all the comments that people have posted and saw a great idea that I thought would be great for Jr. Primary.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!
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, but 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 should not have them, then he’ll have a better chance of resisting temptation when confronted with it.
I hope all of you are able to find an idea that will work for your Primary. And I hope you don’t mind that I’m posting this so late.
Have a grea weekend and a great Sharing Time!!!