Sharing Time Ideas from the 2016 Outline

Encourage understanding: Bring one or more objects that the children can learn about using some of their five senses. For example, you could bring a fruit or a flower, or you could play some music. Give a few children a chance to see, smell, touch, taste, or hear what you have brought. (Consider doing this activity in small groups so every child has the opportunity to participate.) Demonstrate that we can also see, touch, smell, and hear the scriptures, but to gain a testimony of them we need to receive a witness through the Spirit. Invite the children to sing “Search, Ponder, and Pray” (CS, 109). Ask them to listen, as they sing, for three things we can do to invite the Spirit to testify that the scriptures are true. Invite the children to create hand actions for the words search, ponder, and pray. Repeat the song, using the actions in place of these words.

Encourage application: Display a picture of Moroni, and read Moroni 10:4–5. Invite several children to share their feelings about the scriptures. They could also share what they have been doing to read the scriptures at home. (Ask a few children in advance so they have time to prepare.) Encourage the children to share their testimonies of the scriptures with their parents at home.


Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas

Today I am sharing some ideas that you can use for this week’s Sharing Time:

I Can Know the Scriptures are True.

I hope you find the ideas helpful and are able to use them in your Sharing Time. Enjoy!


Five Senses Activity

I love the idea of the five senses given in the outline, and I’m sure the Primary children would enjoy  it as well! I had an idea that you could use along with the idea in the outline. Here is the idea:

Before Primary: Get 5 brown paper bags and label each one with one of the five senses. I have included a Five Senses printable below that you can use to label each of your bags. 🙂

Find something to place in each of the bags. You could use items like fruit, flowers, a toy that makes noise, something soft or prickly, etc. Get creative and have some fun.

You could glue each of my ‘Five Senses Labels’ to a clothespin, and then just clip the clothespins to each of the brown paper bags. Or just cut them out and glue them to the front of the bag.

Click HERE to print my ‘Five Senses’ Labels!


To Begin Your Sharing Time

At the front of the room have your brown paper bags on a table. Tell the children that today they are going to be using their 5 different senses. Explain that in each of the bags are different items that they can: smell, hear, taste, touch, or see.

Invite a child up to the front and have them choose a brown paper bag. Have them open the bag, and then have them see, smell, touch, taste, or hear what is inside. Discuss how it feels, smells, taste, etc. Then invite another child up to choose another bag. Continue until all bags have been chosen.

You could also have 5 different stations and split the children into 5 groups. Then have each group move from station to station having a chance to smell, touch, taste or hear.

Once everyone has had a chance to smell, touch, taste, or hear invite them to sit back down in their seats.

Show the children some scriptures and demonstrate that we can also see, touch, smell, and hear the scriptures. But if we just see the scriptures, or touch the scriptures will we gain a testimony of them? You could even invite a child up to the front for this part of the Sharing Time. After they touch or look at the scriptures you could ask them a question or ask if they were able to read all of it by doing that. Then you could go on to explain that we need to do more to know that the scriptures are true.


Search, Ponder, and Pray Activity

Once again you will have 3 brown paper bags with an item that has to do with these 3 words:

Search: you could use a magnifying glass and have this scripture reference as well (Mosiah 1:7).

Ponder: a picture of a boy/girl pointing at their head OR use this picture from


and have this scripture as well (Moroni 10:3). You could also have them look up ‘Ponder’ in the dictionary.

Pray: picture of someone praying; (Moroni 10:4)


Tell the children that in these 3 bags/boxes are the things that we need to do in order to know that the scriptures are true.  Choose a child to come to the front and pick a bag. Have the child open the bag and look at the item. Then have the child show the others what the item is. Ask the children ‘how can this object help us to know that the scriptures are true?’ You may have to help the children a little bit to figure it out. If you have chosen a scripture or a story to go along with that word, read it aloud to all the children. Explain why this is important in gaining a testimony of the scriptures. Then move on to the next item. Choose a child to come to the front and reveal the second item and do the same as above.

After all 3 things have been revealed you could have the children sing ‘Search, Ponder, and Pray’ (if the children don’t know the song, read the words to them before singing it).

Show the children a picture of Moroni, and ask if anyone knows who this is. Tell the children who it is and read Moroni 10:4–5. Invite several children to share their feelings about the scriptures. They could also share what they have been doing to read the scriptures at home. (Ask a few children in advance so they have time to prepare.) Encourage the children to share their testimonies of the scriptures with their parents at home.

Close by sharing your testimony of the scriptures and that you know the scriptures are true.

I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time idea and are able to use it for your Primary. I would love to hear if you do, and how it goes!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!




20 thoughts on “{Primary} I Can Know the Scriptures Are True: January 2016 Sharing Time Idea

  1. Melanie Hansen

    I had the first activity planned almost exactly the way you have it outlined here! So thanks for reassuring me that I wasn’t way off track! And I was trying to find better way to finish it off, so thanks for the ideas!


  2. Antje

    Thank you soooo much for this wonderful idea! One question I do have: Would you help me with what to put in each of the bags? Just a few ideas would be wonderful. I’m having an especially hard time with “hearing”.


    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Hears a few ideas I thought of off the top of my head…Taste: orange, apple, grape, potato chip, etc.; Smell: flower, air freshener, dryer sheet, etc.; Touch: a soft blanket, soft stuffed animal, sand paper, the bristles of a hair brush, etc.; See: a mirror, a picture, binoculars, etc.; Hear: I was thinking some kind of squeaky toy or a musical toy. Hope this helps. 🙂


      1. shane

        This is a little late, but I am doing
        taste – apple
        see – flashy light-up ring
        touch – slinky
        hear – ipod with headphones playing primary songs
        smell – peppermint oil on a cotton ball (with a candy cane for a visual).

        I’m planning to have each row come up and do a bag – Sunbeams touch slinky, CTR 4s take turns with headphones, CTR 5s smell mint, etc.

        Thanks for this idea. It’s a great way to connect with the little ones but still use the guidance from the outline.


      2. Antje

        Thanks so much for those ideas. Sharing time was a great success. We normally have a reverence problem. But this time all the kids were super engaged. Thank you for your help!


    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Hi Lynda! Yes, I use or for all my files. I have tried downloading directly from my site, but the quality wasn’t good. I can try emailing you the file directly. 🙂 Thanks!


  3. Sarah

    Thanks for the great inspiration! I have needed it after changing from primary music leader to doing sharing time…I miss my old calling, but I am learning a ton from this as well. I love that you use the primary outline and add things to it to make it more hands on for the kids. You have great ideas! Anyway, just wanted to let you know that “ponder” is not in the BD. At least not that I found 🙂


    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thanks for the comment, Sarah. And thanks for the heads up on ‘Ponder’ not being in the BD. 🙂 I just assumed it was. I was going to write just look it up in the dictionary, and then thought it might be better to look it up in the BD.


  4. Charlotte

    This is a great idea! Thank you! How can I print the actual words of the outline? I like to have it printed out when I am teaching just in case something goes wrong with my phone. Thank you again!


  5. cachi

    I love your ideas! I’m not very crafty or creative at all, plus, English is not my first language, so, sometimes, I have a hard time trying to keep the kids attention or teaching sharing time. Your ideas are simple enough for me to understand and to teach, they are very creative, fun, the kids love them and they learn a lot from them.
    I’m very grateful for your “little ideas” 😉
    Thank you so much, you have saved my sharing time!
    you are awesome!


  6. Elaine

    Thank you for your ideas on Sharing Time, I used your outline today, with a few adjustments and it went really well. I feel I was able to get the message through to the children and they were really involved in the activity. Its great to be able to look through your suggestions and adjust them to suit individual situations. I do really appreciate the effort you go to share your ideas.


    1. littleldsideas Post author

      Thanks, Elaine! I’m so glad to hear that things went really well. That’s why I share my ideas because sometimes it just take an idea from someone to really get your mind going. 🙂


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