Sharing Time Ideas from the 2013 Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE: Prepare two word strips, one that says “I have agency” and one that says “I am responsible for my choices.” Divide the children into two groups. Ask two children to come to the front of the room. Ask one of them to hold up the first word strip, and have one of the groups stand and say, “I have agency.” Ask the other child to hold up the second word strip and have the other group stand and say, “I am responsible for my choices”. Repeat several times, letting each group say each phrase.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (discussing consequences): Ask the children what the consequence would be if they chose to not eat, to touch a hot stove, to attend church, or to be kind to others. Explain that Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to make good choices and receive the blessings of those choices.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (playing a game): Write on strips of paper some good choices and some bad choices a child could make. Place the strips in a container. Have the children form two lines, a “choice” line and a “consequence” line. Have the first child in each line walk to the front of the room as everyone sings the first line of “Choose the Right” (Hymns, no. 239). Have the child in the “choice” line draw out and read a choice. Have the other child give a possible consequence of that choice. Have the rest of the children point their thumbs up if it is a good choice and point their thumbs down if it is a bad choice. Continue as time allows.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I apologize for the delay of posting ideas for this week. The last week has been a tough week for my family. Last Thursday we got a call from my Sister-in-law telling us that her son had passed away. It was unexpected and we were all in shock. He was 7 and was turning 8 next month. Our whole family was talking and planning on attending his baptism next month and my Husband was going to be the one baptizing him.
Today was his funeral, and although it was hard for us all it was also comforting to know he was back with our Father in Heaven. Because of this wonderful gospel that we have we know exactly where he is and how happy he is.
I am grateful for the knowledge that I have, it is what has comforted me.
I want to thank all of those that have kept us in your prayers and thoughts, we truly appreciate them. And I want to thank all the wonderful members of my Sister-in-law’s wonderful Ward. This gospel is truly amazing filled with amazing people that give freely of their time to comfort those in need of comfort.
Here is a great idea that you could use to begin this week’s Sharing Time. I used this idea a few years ago and it was a hit.
I think the ‘Encourage Application’ idea is great and the children would enjoy it. But here are a few ideas just in case you need them.
1. For the rest of Sharing Time you can use an idea I saw an idea over at Sugardoodle to make your own version of ‘Chutes and Ladders’.
2. You could also create a life-size board game (just a normal board game). Then in a jar have slips of papers with different scenarios on them. If the paper has a good choice on it have the child move so many spaces, if it’s a bad choice have them go back, but then discuss what they could have done.
3. ‘Chews’ The Right: Here’s an idea I had that goes along with the idea from the outline.
For this idea get 2 poster boards and attach a picture of a child’s face on each. Cut a small hole into the mouth and attach a balloon for each poster. One poster will be for Good Choices and the other will be for Bad Choices.
The children will be ‘Chewsing’ the right by picking choices from a container. The choices will be attached to bubble gum.
How to Play: Have the first child come to the front of the room and pick a piece of bubble gum. Read the scenario aloud. Have the child give a possible consequence of that choice. Have the rest of the children point their thumbs up if it is a good choice and point their thumbs down if it is a bad choice.
If it’s a good choice add some air to the good choice balloon. If it’s a bad choice add some air to the bad choice balloon.
You could start each balloon with a little air. If good choices are chosen add air, but if bad choices are chosen release a little air. This will help them understand the difference between good and bad choices.
(You may have to do a test run to determine how much air to have in the balloons)
Well, I hope these ideas are helpful to some of you and I hope they make sense. I always have this vision in my head, and then when I try to explain it it gets a little confusing. 🙂 If you have any questions or tips please let me know!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and a great Sharing Time!