Sharing Time Idea from the 2016 Outline
Encourage understanding: Blindfold a child. Have another child hold a picture of Jesus Christ somewhere in the Primary room. Have the blindfolded child try to locate the picture without any help. Repeat the activity, but this time ask two children to hold up a pole, rope, or string representing the iron rod that leads from the blindfolded child to the picture of Christ. Have the child follow the rope to the picture. Ask: “How is holding on to the rope like reading the scriptures?” (See 1 Nephi 15:23–25.) Teach the children the chorus to “The Iron Rod” (Hymns, no. 274). Share a few examples from your life when the scriptures have taught you what you should do. Explain how following the teachings in the scriptures has helped you come closer to the Savior.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
The idea that is given in the outline is great! The children will love be blindfolded and following along the ‘Iron Rod’. But here’s a few ideas to supplement those great ideas from the outline. Enjoy!
The Iron Rod
To begin your Sharing Time I thought it would be fun to invite 2-4 children up to the front and have them listen to ‘The Iron Rod’. You could do this several different ways to make it fun.
Have a table at the front of the room, and have a bell in the middle. Invite 2 children up and have them stand on either side of the table. Have them listen to the words of ‘The Iron Rod’, and when they hear what the iron rod represents, have them ring the bell.
To include more children…cut out several large hands (printable below) and attach them to a popsicle stick or a paint stirring stick (available at any paint or hardware store). Invite as many children as the number of ‘hands’ you have. Hand each child a hand, and tell them that they are going to be listening for an answer. When they hear the answer they will need to raise their ‘hand’. Once everyone understands tell them what they will be listening for…”What does the Iron Rod represent?”
Sing or read the chorus to “The Iron Rod” and have the children listen for the answer.
There are 4 different hands you can print. 🙂
‘Holding To The Iron Rod’ Activity
Now that you’ve discussed what the iron rod is, you can discuss holding to the iron rod, and why it’s important.
I think the children would love the blindfold activity given in the outline, so get creative and create an iron rod for your Primary. Jessica from Latter-Day Chatter shared a great idea on her blog, HERE! Go check it out, and then come back to read the rest of my idea. 🙂 She used an idea from a previous Friend, and briefly discussed Lehi’s Vision of the Tree of Life.
I love her idea of having some helpers try to get to the tree of life without the iron rod, and then try again using the iron rod. It is sure to be a hit!
In the outline they ask you to share examples from your life. Here is what it says:
Share a few examples from your life when the scriptures have taught you what you should do. Explain how following the teachings in the scriptures has helped you come closer to the Savior.
I thought it would be fun to incorporate the iron rod you created into this. Share an example from your life or invite another teacher to share an example. Have them be at the end of the rod, and as they share their example have them take a few steps closer to the other end (to the Savior, you could have a picture of the Savior at the end). Ask if anyone else would like to share an example. As the children share examples have them take the helper’s place at the iron rod and have them take a few more steps. Have the children do this, until the last one has reached the end.
Discuss how the scriptures can keep us on the right path. Talk again about how hard it was to make it to the end when the people weren’t holding to the rod. Bear your testimony of the scriptures.
As I was typing up my idea I had another thought that you could do. To introduce your sharing time you could bring in a bunch of items that help direct you. Examples: map, GPS, compass, etc.
Have the items on a table, and invite a child to come to the front and ask them to look at the items and ask them how are each of these items similar….’they give us direction’!
You can then explain to the children that we are on this earth for a reason, and our goal is to make it back to our Heavenly Father. Hold up one of the items, and ask the children if this will help us return. Then hold up another item and ask the same question, and so on.
Tell the children that we have been given something amazing to help us return to our Heavenly Father and our Savior.
Then you can do the activity with my ‘Answer Hands’ and ‘The Iron Rod’ hymn.
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time ideas. Sorry they’re late. I would love to hear if you use the ideas, and how it goes, so leave me a comment.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!