Sharing Time Ideas from Primary 2012 Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (seeing an object lesson): Before Primary, build a structure with blocks, and cover it so the children cannot see it. (If blocks are not available, you could draw a picture on chalkboard and cover the drawing with a piece of paper). Describe the hidden structure and how you built it. Then give a few children some blocks and ask them to try to build a structure that matches what you built. When they finish, uncover your structure, and note the differences between the two. Ask the children to rebuild their structure while they look at your example. Explain that many things are easier when you follow an example.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION (hearing stories and singing songs): Display pictures and briefly tell a few scripture stories in which young people were good examples:
– Daniel and his friends refusing to drink the king’s wine [see Daniel 1:5-16]
– Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego [see Daniel 3:4-29]
– Daniel in the lions’ den [see Daniel 6]
Show a picture of missionaries and ask the children how the missionaries are being good examples. Explain that when we set a good example, we are being missionaries because our examples can help others want to learn more about Jesus Christ. Share some times when you have seen children in your ward or branch being good examples.
Ask the children to sing “Shine On” (CS, 144). As they sing, have them pass a sun made from a piece of paper around the room. Each time the music stops, ask the child holding the sun to tell how he or she can be a good example (for example, by being kind, telling the truth, or inviting friends to Primary).
Invite each of the children to make their own paper sun with the words “I can be a shining example” written on it. Have the children hold their suns up as they sing, “I am like a star” (CS, 163), “Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam” (CS, 60-61), or “Shine On” (CS, 144).
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I really like the ‘Identify the Doctrine’ idea in the outline. I think the Primary children would love it and what a great object lesson.
Jill over at Hatch Patch Creationshad a great alternative to blocks, she had the idea of using a puzzle. Give a child the puzzle pieces and ask him/her to put it together. They will most likely ask for a picture to help them. That’s when you could talk about how many things are easier when you follow an example. Show the children the picture and then have them put the puzzle together. You could use a picture of missionaries or Christ as your puzzle.
For the ‘Encourage Understanding’ section I thought of a few games you could play.
Who Am I: At the beginning of your lesson pick 3-4 children to help you out. Give them a picture of different scripture stories where young people were good examples (you can use the examples from the outline).
For each picture have 3-4 clues about each story.
Have the children helping you sit at the front of the primary room. To begin the game have a child pick one of the children sitting in the front to read a clue. Ask if anyone knows who the person is. If no one knows have the child read the next clue. Have the child continue reading the clues until someone knows who the person is.
Once they have guessed who the scripture story is about, have the child show everyone a picture (if available) of the scripture story. Discuss the story a little more and then pick another child to choose another scripture story.
Scripture Story Heroes: Have a few adults dress up as the people from the scripture stories. Invite them to come and share how they were an example to others. Have several questions typed/written up. Invite the children to pick an answer to ask.
**You could also do this as a ‘Who Am I’.
Scripture POP!: Have your scripture story pictures posted at the front of the room. Inside of balloons have several different clues (3-4 for each picture). Invite a child to pop a balloon and retrieve the clue. Have them read the clue aloud and attach the clue to the picture they think it belongs to. Once all the clues have been found, discuss each story.
I Can Be A Shining Example
I thought this might be a fun idea for Jr. Primary.
On a chalkboard, bulletin board or poster board have a large circle with the phrase ‘I can be a shining example.’ Discuss why being a good example is important.
You could show a flashlight or other small light. Turn it on and discuss how the light from the flashlight helps people as it shines. Read aloud the first phrase of 3 Nephi 12:16. Explain to the children that they are like little lights when they set good examples, because other people watch and follow them.
Tell the children that today they are going to help build a sunshine. Have several sun ‘rays’ hidden around the primary room. Invite a child to find a ‘ray’ and bring it to the front of the room. Invite the child to share a way he/she could be a good example, and then write it on the sunshine ray and attach it to the sun. Choose another child to find another ray and repeat. Once the sunshine is complete go over some of the answers.
You could also play this like the idea from the outline. Have the children sing different ‘sunshine’ songs and have them pass an object around (you could even pass 2-3 objects at once). When the song stops whoever is holding the object comes to the front and shares how they can be a good example. Write their answer on a sunshine ray and add it to your sunshine.
Well, that’s all I have this week. Have a wonderful week everyone and a great Sharing Time!