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.

BEFORE PRIMARY:

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? Alma says that “if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (Alma 32:21). We have faith when we believe and trust in something that is real and true even though we have not seen it for ourselves.

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.

.

.

Another Activity

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!

Faith is like a seed

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.

Click HERE to print my Sunshine & Raindrop Printable!

.

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.

Faith Sharing Time Idea

Before Primary create a kit for each of the children to take home. The supplies you will need are:

• Plastic Cups

• Dirt

• Seeds

• 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.

Faith is like a seed

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.

Click HERE to print my Seed Kit Tag!

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!

sign (1)

21 thoughts on “{Sharing Time} Faith in Jesus Christ Leads Us to Love Him, Trust Him, and Keep His Commandments: June 2016

  1. Stephanie

    I love your website! Thank you so much! I am a new Primary President…and definitely use your ideas for sharing time. 🙂 Thank you again for your ideas and for sharing them.

    Reply

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thank you, Stephanie. 🙂 I’m so glad that you enjoy the ideas, and are able to use them for your Sharing Time lessons. Thanks again for the sweet comment.

      Reply

  2. Megan

    My goodness, what a wonderful resource. Thanks for all your time. I hope you get some sort of monetary reimbursement for all your work 🙂

    Reply

  3. Linda

    This is a great lesson! Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for seed packets to do the handouts, but can’t find them anywhere for less than $1 each, and we have 80 kids in the Primary so I’m hoping to find some cheaper…any suggestions?

    Reply

  4. Marianne Hunt

    I love your ideas and your downloads. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us who are blessed to teach these sweet children. I’m so glad I found your site.

    Reply

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thank you, Marianne. And I loved that you said, “with all of us who are BLESSED to teach these sweet children’. Thank you! Primary is such a special place. I love serving in there with the wonderful children. I’m so glad you stopped by too. 🙂

      Reply

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      I haven’t even put mine together yet, Eek! But I decided to use pea seeds, which are pretty big, so I’m just thinking of setting the seed on top of the dirt. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you. It’s been a crazy day and week. 🙂

      Reply

  5. Aubrey Moon

    Thanks so much for the work that you do. You are awesome!

    Do you have a list of scriptures that could go with this?

    Reply

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Hi Aubrey! Thank you for your comment, unfortunately I don’t have any scripture references. We are doing a combined Jr./Sr. Sharing Time for this lesson, so I’m thinking I’m just going to have the children share ways they can help their faith grow. Sorry I’m not more help.

      Reply

  6. Marla

    Thanks so much for posting your ideas! I was called as Primary President 2 weeks ago and have been feeling a little overwhelmed even though I’ve done just about everything else in Primary over the years! I am going to be doing the discussion with the garden tools and then will send a “faith seed kit” home with each child. Each kit contains a seed starting pot (the kind that decays so they can eventually just drop the whole pot and seedling in the ground), a baggie of potting soil, 2 sunflower seeds with instructions and a simplified discussion outline that can be used as a family home evening lesson.

    Reply

    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thank you, Marla. Just take a deep breath and keep on going, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your ideas and your lesson plan, I love to hear what others do, so I really appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment. I also thought this would be such a great lesson to send home for FHE. Good luck! I know the children will love it.

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *