Sharing Time Idea from the 2011 Primary Outline
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (singing a song and drawing pictures): Sing together the first verse of “The Nativity Song” (CS, 52-53). Divide the children into four groups, and assign each group one of the remaining verses (2-5). Ask the children to draw pictures to go with their verse. Sing the whole song, and have the children hold up their pictures as they come to their part in the song.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
Sorry this is kind of late. I’ve been busy putting together the program for our Ward Christmas party. I’ll share it when I’m done. 🙂Here are some ideas I had to use for this week’s Sharing Time.
Nativity Sharing Time: I’ve used this idea for a Sharing Time before and the children always enjoy putting the nativity together. You will need a nativity (you can also use a picture of one, there’s a great one in this month’s Friend).The children will be putting the nativity together piece by piece while reading the story of Jesus’ birth.Have the stable set up and begin reading the story. As you read about each person/animal have a child come to the front and find that piece of the Nativity and place it where they would like. You could also hand out each piece and as you read their part have them come to the front and add their piece. This may help them to listen very closely so they hear their part. 🙂
For Sr. Primary you could have scripture references on each piece. Hand out each piece (you could also number each one). Then begin by having the first child read his/her scripture. When they’re done have them come to the front and place their piece where they would like.
Nativity Match: I found some really cute Nativity cards from Green Jell-O with Carrots (love the name, hehe) that I thought would be great for Sharing Time. It’s a matching game with Nativity cards. You have to purchase them, but they’re only $2.99! Here’s what I was thinking:
Have the memory/match cards layed out on a table face-down. As you read the story of the birth of Jesus have the children listen for certain people/animals/items in the story.
When you say ‘Wisemen’ invite a child to the front and have him/her turn over 2 cards to try to find the 2 wisemen cards. Have children come up until they have found the match.
Play until you have read the story and all matches are found.
If you don’t want to play as you read, then read the story first and then play the Nativity Match game. Have the names of each person/animals, etc. in a bucket (or use actual characters from a nativity set), and have a child come to the front and choose from the bucket. Whatever is chosen out of the bucket that will be the card they have to find.
example: If Mary is picked then have the child flip over 2 cards. Invite children up until both Mary cards have been flipped over.
Nativity Bingo: Another cute game I found on Green Jell-O with Carrots. Instead of playing the match game have the children play Bingo. Read the story and every time they hear a name that is found on their card have them place a Peppermint, M&M, etc. on their Bingo card. When someone has 5 in a row have them shout ‘Christmas!’
That’s all I have for today. Have a great week and a great Sharing Time. 🙂