To begin your lesson show different pictures of various places or events (reverent and other places you don’t have to be reverent). As you show the children the different places have them fold their arms when the picture shows a place that we should be reverent, and have them ‘wiggle’ when a picture shows a place where you don’t have to be reverent.
Church, Temple, Family Home Evening, Sporting Event, Outside, etc.
Show the picture of a Temple or church again and ask: “Why is this place sacred or special? How would you behave if you were there?” Discuss what reverence is and how reverent actions show our love and respect for the Savior. Explain that when we are reverent, we can feel close to Him.
Wiggle Worm Activity
Today you are going to be discussing with the children reverent and irreverent behavior with the help of some worms!
You will have several worms (not real…don’t worry) and on the back of each worm will be a statement with a reverent or irreverent behavior.
Here are some examples:
· You think about Jesus during the Sacrament.
· You raise your hand to talk during Primary Class.
· You listen during Primary and participate in the lesson.
· You and your friend race to the Primary room
after Sacrament meeting.
· You shout during Singing Time, so that others will laugh.
· Your teacher asks you a question during class. You answer with a silly answer which makes all the other children laugh.
Here are a few different ways you could play the ‘Wiggle Worm’ activity:
“Fishing for Worms”
You could ‘Fish’ for the wiggle worms. Just get a small dowel and make a fishing pole with a magnet on the end of the fishing string. Cut out your worms and place a paperclip on each one.
Take turns having each child ‘fish’ for a worm. Have them read the statement on the back of the worms and have them decide whether it’s reverent or irreverent. Have 2 jars labeled “Reverent” and “Irreverent”. Have them place the worm in the appropriate jar.
You could tell the children that you dropped your worms and now the reverent and the irreverent worms are mixed up! Have the worms all over the primary room: on the walls, under chairs, etc.
Take turns having a child find a worm. Have them read the statement on the back and have them decide whether it’s reverent or irreverent. Have 2 jars labeled “Reverent” and “Irreverent”. Have them place the worm in the appropriate jar.
“Digging for Worms”
For this activity you will be creating a Punch-A-Box type box.
Here’s what you will do:
First you need a box. I used a diaper box that we happened to have.
I got my plastic cup and traced circles in the top of the box.
Then cut out the circles. Let me share a little secret…don’t waste your time using scissors. Get a knife from your kitchen (nothing huge, just a small knife) and cut out those circles, goes much much faster. 🙂
After the holes have been cut you will need to cover your box with some type of paper. I used butcher and then I covered it with green tissue paper (to look like grass). Then just re-cut your ‘cup’ holes.
After you have done that it’s time for your worms to go inside each cup. Just drop one in each cup, and then cover the top.
Since I couldn’t find brown tissue paper (I chose brown to look like dirt) I used gold tissue paper. But I used the back side of the gold paper, it’s dull and looks more brown.
I used a glue stick to glue my pieces of tissue paper to the cup. Just rub a glue stick around the top of the cup, then place your tissue paper over the mouth of the cup and press it onto the glue.
I may add some flowers to my box. I thought of printing some out and gluing them on the back of the box and have them sticking up (make sense?).
For Sharing Time the children can take turns coming up to the front to ‘dig’ for a worm. Have them get the worm out of the cup and read the statement aloud. You could have 2 jars labeled ‘Reverent’ & ‘Irreverent’. Have them place the worm in the appropriate jar and then discuss the statement with the children.
I thought it might be fun to place questions, scripture, or even charade words in the cups as well. You could even have a ‘Lucky Reverent Worm’ and when that one is found everyone gets to have a Gummy Worm! Fun!
Do you need your Primary children to help you catch some Wiggle Worms? Then click the link below to print your own Wiggle Worms out.
I hope you like my ‘Wiggle Worms’ Sharing Time Idea.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day & a great Sharing Time!