ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING: Have the pianist play the first two notes of a song that teaches about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s love for us, and have the children guess the song. Add one note at a time until the children guess correctly. Sing the song together and then discuss what the song teaches about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s love for us. List the children’s ideas on the board. Repeat with each song. Consider using the following songs: “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (CS, 228–29), “Thanks to Our Father” (CS, 20), “I Feel My Savior’s Love” (CS, 74–75), and “I Am a Child of God” (CS, 2–3).
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION: Give each child a piece of paper and have them draw one way they know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love them. You may want to refer the children to the ideas you listed on the board in the activity above. Tape the pictures together, and display them in a roller box (see TNGC, 178–79) or unroll them as you would a scroll. As the children watch, have the pianist play one of the songs listed above.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION: Write some examples of ways that Heavenly Father shows His love for us and ways we show our love for Him on separate pieces of paper. Put the pieces of paper in a container, and have a child pull them out one at a time. Read each one aloud. If it is something that shows Heavenly Father’s love for us, have the children stretch one arm upward. If it shows our love for Heavenly Father, have them put their hands over their heart.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I am sharing some fun ideas that you can use over the next 2 weeks for Sharing Time. I used a great idea from this month’s Friend as one of the activities. To read the whole article click HERE.
Enjoy!
Before Primary cut out a large heart. You can leave the heart as is or you can write:
‘How do you know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love you?’
Just like the ‘Encourage Understanding’ in the outline, pick a song and have the pianist play the first few notes of the song. Keep adding notes until a child guesses what the song is.
Explain to the children that there are many songs that teach us about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ’s love for us.
Show the children the heart that you have cut out and tell them that you are going to play ‘Hot & Cold’. One child will go out of the room while another child hides the heart.
The child that is out of the room will come into the room. The remaining children will begin singing a song (preferably the one you played at the beginning). As the child gets closer to the heart have the children sing louder and as they move further from the heart have them sing quietly.
Once the child finds the heart have them share a way that they know Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ love them.
Write the answer on the board and then pick a new child to hunt for a heart.
Another Idea:
You could cut out several hearts and leave them blank. As the children answer how they know Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ love them, write the answer on the heart. String the hearts onto a ribbon or string to make a heart banner. After all the children have had a turn, hang up the hearts somewhere in the Primary room for all the children to see.
Remind the children that our Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ love them very much.
Encourage Understanding & Application
I was looking through this month’s Friend and saw an idea that would be great for this section of the Sharing Time Outline. You could do the above idea for the 3rd week and save this idea for the 4th week.
Write 4-5 examples of ways that Heavenly Father shows His love for us and ways we show our love for Him on separate pieces of paper. 
 
Create a Punch-A-Box {picture below} and place each piece of paper inside the cups of the punch-a-box. Click HERE to read how to make a Punch-A-Box.
Invite a child up to the front and have them punch a box and read the slip of paper aloud.
If it is something that shows Heavenly Father’s love for us, have the children stretch one arm upward. If it shows our love for Heavenly Father, have them put their hands over their heart.
 
Helping Hands
Explain to the children that when Jesus was on the earth, He loved and served everyone. We
can follow His example today and show our love for Jesus by serving others.
In this month’s Friend they had a challenge for all the children. They are collecting ‘helping hands’ and are asking all the children to help them out. Here is what it says in The Friend:
“How many helping hands can we collect this year? Do
a good deed and help us find out!
1.   Trace your hand on a piece of paper and cut it out.
2. Write about how you followed Jesus by serving someone—or
about how someone served you. It can be something big or small.”
Explain to the children that today they are going to make some helping hands and send them to The Friend.
You will need pieces of paper and crayons/markers for each child…and some adult helpers. 🙂
Have the children trace their hands and write some service that they have done.
Once everyone is finished have a few children share what their helping hand says.
Remind the children that our Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ love us and that we can show our love for them by serving others.
 
I hope you enjoy my Sharing Time ideas for this week as well as the children in your Primary.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!

sheena

2 thoughts on “{Sharing Time} Heavenly Father & Jesus Christ Love Me

  1. Becki Mumford

    Sheena, Thank you for sharing your amazing ideas! I have seen your punch-a-box idea before, but I finally made one and used it for sharing time last week. THE KIDS LOVED IT!! Not to mention how simple it was to make it. Thank you so much. I just want to tell you I appreciate the time you take to share your ideas! Have a fantastic day.

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