Sharing Time Idea from the 2012 Primary Outline
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (singing a song and making choices): Sing “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (CS, 74-75). Write several case studies that illustrate how a child could follow one of Christ’s teachings. Also include a scripture reference where that teaching can be found. Below are some examples:
Sara had asked her younger sister not to use her crayons, but her sister used them anyway. To be like Jesus, Sara could:
a. Get angry with her sister.
b. Hide her crayons.
c. Forgive her sister.
John is playing soccer with his friends, and he notices another boy standing by himself watching the game. To be like Jesus, John could:
a. Make fun of the boy for being alone.
b. Ignore the boy and continue playing with his friends.
c. Invite the boy to play soccer with them.
Ask a child to read one of the case studies. Then ask him or her to read the answers one at a time. Invite the other children to stand when they hear the answer that would be following Jesus’ example. Invite a few children to read the scriptures out loud, and discuss what Jesus taught. Discuss how following Jesus’ example in these situations can help us feel the Savior’s love. Repeat with each case study.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION: Invite the children to do what Jesus would want them to do this week. Tell them that next week you will ask some of them to share what they did and how they felt the Savior’s love.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
When I saw this week’s idea and saw the case studies I immediately thought this would be a great week to play ‘LDS Squares’.
I used this as a Sr. Primary sharing time a few years ago and it turned out to be a great game.
‘LDS Squares’ is played the same way as the TV show ‘Hollywood Squares’. Here’s a quick explanation:
‘LDS Squares’ is a game where 2 people (or teams) play tic-tac-toe. But instead of using a regular tic-tac-toe grid, you will use people as the game board. The teams will take turns choosing a person to answer a question. If answered correctly their team will get that square. If not the other team gets the square.
Once you get 3 in a row, you WIN!!!
Now that you know a little about the game let’s talk about what you need to do to get started.
First, you will need to come up with several questions (like the case studies above). You can do multiple choice or even add a few scriptures in there where the children will have to answer a question or fill in a missing word. Ask questions about songs that you are learning that have to do with the topic that you are teaching. You could ask them ‘What does it mean to be like Jesus?’ You could even have questions discussing some of the stories of Jesus. Have pictures of the stories and have them guess what the story is: Jesus Healing the Blind Man, The Sermon on the Mount, etc.
Type/write all of your questions onto a piece of paper.
Next, you will need to find 9 helpers to be your tic-tac-toe grid. When we played this I asked teachers and parents of the children. Once you have your 9 helpers you will need to make name tags for them.
I typed up their names onto pieces of cardstock that were about 3″X10″. I punched a hole on either side and strung a piece of yarn through. They wore the name tags like necklaces around their necks.
You will also need an ‘X’ and ‘O’ for each person. I made mine as big as I could and printed them onto an 81/2 X 11″ piece of cardstock.
Now for the detailed instructions:
In the Primary room you will need 3 rows of 3 chairs for your helpers to sit in (this will be your game board). You can have the first row in little chairs, the second row on big chairs, and the third row standing.
Hand out the name tags to each helper and have them sit down. Then introduce each one to the children. Explain to the children that today they are going to be playing ‘LDS Squares’. Tell them it is alot like Tic-Tac-Toe.
Split the primary into two teams, the X’s and the O’s.
Then choose a team to go first and have one child from that team come to the front (beside you). Have him/her pick an adult that will answer their question.
Ask the helper/adult the question and then have them answer it. They can answer correctly or try to trick the player by answering incorrectly. Once the question has been answered you will ask the child if the ‘Agree’ or ‘Disagree’.
If the team agrees and the answer is correct, they get the square, and the adult then holds up either the ‘X’ or ‘O’ sign. If the team agrees with the adult when the answer is wrong the opposing team automatically gets the square, unless that causes the opposing team to get three in a row. In that case, the opposing team has to win the square on their own, having the adult answer a new question.
If the child knows the answer that was given is wrong and ‘Disagrees’ they will then need to provide the correct answer. If the answer is correct, they get the square. If the answer they provided is incorrect the other team gets a chance to answer the question to win the square.
Another way of winning the round is: if no one has gotten 3 in a row, but has 5 squares marked with their ‘X’ or ‘O’ they win.
We played a few rounds of this, and kept score of how many rounds they won.
That’s it! Have a great week and a great Sharing Time!