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.
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 LDS.org
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!