Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline
Introduce the doctrine and encourage understanding: Write “Faith in Jesus Christ leads us to love Him, trust Him, and keep His commandments” on the board. Show the children some seeds. Ask: “What can these seeds become?” “How do you know these seeds will grow?” “What must we do to make them grow?” Explain that our faith in Jesus Christ, like a seed, can grow if we nurture it. Discuss things we can do to help our faith grow, and explain how these things will lead us to love and trust Jesus Christ and keep His commandments. Sing “Faith” (CS, 96–97). Make up simple hand movements to go with the first verse.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This week’s Sharing Time idea has the potential to be a lot of fun, but also a great learning experience for the children. I have once again turned to some previous ideas I have shared or found in The Friend, to help me out with this week’s ideas. Enjoy!
Since this week focuses on seeds, I thought it would be very fitting to use seeds and gardening supplies for the lesson. Here are some ideas that I thought would be great.
Assemble some gardening aids (small bag of fertilizer, trowel, watering can, picture of sun, etc.). For each item, attach a picture or word that represents a way that we can future/help a seed to grow. Some examples could include:
Prayer, Scripture Study, Baptism, FHE, Service, Sacrament, Serve Mission, Temple Marriage, Good Friends, Keeping Commandments
Attach the pictures or word to each of the gardening supplies and then place everything into a bag or box.
Faith Is Like a Seed Activity
To begin your Sharing Time have, “Faith in Jesus Christ leads us to love Him, trust Him, and keep His commandments” written or displayed on a chalkboard or bulletin board..
What does it mean to have faith in Jesus Christ? To have faith in Jesus Christ means that although we have not seen Him, we believe that He lives and loves us and that we trust Him. When we read the scriptures, we can learn about Him. When we listen to the prophets, we can understand what we can do to follow Him. When we pray in faith for help to choose the right, we can know that our prayers will be answered. When we listen to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost, we can feel Him close to us and know that He loves us.
Show the children some seeds. Ask the children if anyone knows what they are. Then ask them the 3 questions from the outline: “What can these seeds become?” “How do you know these seeds will grow?” “Are there things that we can do to help them grow?”
Grab your box or bag of supplies and explain to the children that today they are going to help you plant and care for a seed, but not just any seed! You could then pull out a picture of Jesus Christ and explain that our faith in Jesus Christ is just like a seed. Our faith can grow if we nurture it and take care of it.
Explain to the children that inside the box/bag you have different items that you need in order to care for a plant. On each of the items is something that we can do to care for our seed of faith.
To begin, grab a pot and your seeds, and ask the children what you need to do first, to plant a seed. DIRT! Once you have the seed planted, you can continue to the next part of the activity.
Invite a child up to the front and have them pick an item and have them read what is on the item. They can show it to the rest of the children, and then discuss how that helps our faith grow. For Sr. Primary you could also add some scripture references for them to look up and discuss.
Continue until all the items have been picked or until time runs out. Conclude by telling the children that by doing these things we can help our faith grow, and they will lead us to love and trust Jesus Christ and keep His commandments. You could also have a grown plant/flower and replace the pot with the seed with the plant, and explain that just like a seed can grow into a plant or beautiful flower, our faith can too.
**Another idea: Instead of already having a word or picture on the items, you could ask the children to share something they could do to help their faith grow. You could have slips of paper to write down their answers, and then attach it to the item. Once all the items have been picked go over some of the answers and explain how these things will lead us to love and trust Jesus Christ and keep His commandments.
If you don’t have a bunch of gardening supplies, no worries. I have created some cute little sunshine and rain drop printables that you could use!
Before Primary, print out my sunshine and raindrop printable, and cut them out. Print as many copies as needed.
At the front of the primary room have a bulletin board, chalkboard or foam board. On the board have a picture of an empty flower pot. Explain to the children that inside you have planted a seed, but we need to help it grow.
Discuss ways to care for a plant, and then explain that today they are going to be helping you grow a seed of faith!
Explain that two very important things that plants need to grow are sunshine and water. Invite a child up to the front and have them share something that they can do to help our faith grow. Write down their answer on the back of the sunshine or the raindrop and add it to the board above the flower pot.
Continue doing this until everyone has had a turn or until time runs out.
After a few children have shared answers, you could add a stem to the flower pot. Then after a few more, add a leaf…and at the end you could add a flower to the top of the stem.
Planting A Seed: Take Home Activity
I think the children would LOVE to plant their very own seed, but that can be time consuming and messy, so I have come up with these cute ‘take home’ seed kits.
Before Primary create a kit for each of the children to take home. The supplies you will need are:
• Plastic Cups
• My Seed Tag printable
• Clear Plastic Party Favor Bag
Get your clear plastic cups and fill with dirt. Place the cup of dirt inside a clear bag (I just used a party favor bag). Grab your seed packet and my seed tag and punch a hole in both.
Thread a piece of twine or ribbon through, and tie it around the bag. And that’s it! If you don’t want to give each child their own big bag of seeds, you could create a small envelope and only place 2-3 seeds in each. Be sure to have some type of instructions for the seeds.
You could also type up a quick outline of the lesson for the kids to take home and share with their family for FHE. They could then plant the seed as a family.
I hope you enjoy the ideas I shared today, and are able to use them for your Sharing Time lesson. I’d love to hear if you do, and how it goes.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!