Sharing Time Ideas from the 2015 Outline
Encourage understanding: Have a Primary leader come into the room acting overwhelmed and obviously in need of help. For example, she might be dropping things, trying to carry too much, or calming a baby. Have the children suggest ways they could use their “helping hands” to help her. Remind the children that in the story of the good Samaritan, Jesus taught us about service, and to serve others. Show pictures of children who need help. Consider using pictures from the Primary manual picture packets. Invite children to share how they could help in these situations. Repeat the first half of Mosiah 2:17, and have the children repeat the second half.
Encourage understanding: Have the children trace their hands on a piece of paper and write on their “helping hands” a way their family could serve their neighbors. Encourage them to do this service with their family sometime during the week. Display the hands on a bulletin board or a wall where the children will be reminded of ways they can serve.
Encourage understanding and application: Ask a child to come to the front of the room and compare his or her hands with yours. Point out that his or her hands are much smaller than yours. Ask questions such as, “My big hands can pick up toys. Can your little hands?” Involve all of the children by having them compare their hands with their teacher’s hands. Point out that their hands can do many acts of service even though they are small. Sing “I Have Two Little Hands” (CS, 272). Invite the children to fold their hands in front of them while they sing. When they sing the word hands, have them lift both hands in the air and then quickly fold them again.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I have a fun Sharing Time activity for all of you teaching this week. It goes along great with what is in the outline, and teaches the children how to have ‘Helping Hands’. I hope you like it!
Since I just served a ‘Helping Hands’ Sharing Time idea a few months ago, HERE, I decided to do something a little different. After thinking about it for a little while, I had the idea of doing a fly swatter…slapping game. 🙂 Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Fly Swatter (If you can find one in the shape of a hand, GREAT!)
‘Helping Hand’ hand (printable below)
Service Scenario Cards (printable link below)
Pictures of people that are discussed on the scenario cards (Examples- elderly man: find a picture of an old man, friend: find a picture of a little girl)
Before Primary you will need to print and cut my scenario cards, if using. I have included a couple blank cards for you to write in your own scenarios.
Attach the ‘Helping Hand’ sign to your fly swatter using tape, hot glue, etc. Hot glue would probably be the best here, just to make sure it doesn’t come off. 🙂
If you decide to have pictures on the other side of your scenario cards, print and cut those out as well. I would probably just do the head of each person that you are discussing, like this Elderly man image for example, found on clker.com, HERE.:
Find an image for each person, and attach it to the back of each of the scenario cards. I’ll explain what the pictures are for, shortly. 🙂
TO BEGIN YOUR SHARING TIME:
I LOVE the Encourage Understanding idea given in the outline: “Have a Primary leader come into the room acting overwhelmed and obviously in need of help. For example, she might be dropping things, trying to carry too much, or calming a baby.
As you watch this poor sister, ask the kids if they think Sister So-and-So needs a few ‘Helping Hands’. They will probably…hopefully say ‘YES!’.
You can then take just a few minutes to remind the children of the story of the Good Samaritan, and how that story teaches us to Serve Others. Read Mosiah 2:17 to the children, you could even show them the Monthly Theme Poster that I created as you read the scripture.
Ask the children if they have ever served their neighbor. Invite a few children to share how they have or how they could serve their neighbor. Then, tell the children that today they are going to play a fun ‘Helping Hands’ Service Slap game to help them think of ways they could serve their neighbor.
Place your scenario cards on the floor, a table, or have them on a bulletin/chalkboard. Have the cards so that they back of the scenario card is facing the children (or if you have faces on the backs, have the faces facing the children).
Before your activity, invite a child to come to the front of the room and compare his or her hands with yours. Point out that his or her hands are much smaller than yours. Ask questions such as, “My big hands can pick up toys. Can your little hands?” Continue by asking a couple more “My big hands can….” questions, and then point out that their hands can do many acts of service even though they are small. Show the children your ‘Service Swatter’ and your scenario cards. Tell the children that on each of these cards is a scenario of someone in need OR if you have chosen to have a face on the card, tell the children that each face represents someone in need of some helping hands.
Invite a child up to the front, and hand them the ‘Service Swatter’ and tell them to ‘swat’ one of the cards or faces. You can add some extra sticky tape to your swatter, so that it picks up the card that they swatted or just have them swat it, and then pick it up.
After they have chosen their card, flip it over and show read the card aloud. Then have the child answer how they could use their ‘Helping Hands’ to serve that person in need.
Continue by choosing a new child to come up and ‘swat’ a scenario card. Continue until all the cards have been chosen or until time runs out.
To close your Sharing Time, you could hand out hand-prints to each child, and invite them to take them home, and discuss with their family, how they can serve a neighbor. Tell them to do an act of service as a family, and write it on the hand-print. Then have them bring it back the following week to share with the other Primary children.
Close by sharing your testimony on the importance of serving others.
Would you like to play Service Slap? Then just click on the link(s) below to print out my Sharing Time printables!
I hope you enjoy this week’s Sharing Time Idea, and are able to use it in your Primary. If you do, I would love to hear how it goes, so be sure to come back and leave a comment.
Need some other options for ideas? Check out Kim’s great ideas on her blog: Life’s Journey To Perfection, HERE!
You can also search previous Service ideas I have shared, HERE!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!