Happy New Year!! Can you believe it’s already a new year? Where does the time go? I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday.
My family had a wonderful vacation. I’m not sure if it was too relaxing, but is a vacation ever relaxing? hehe It was so good to see my family and spend lots of time with them. We had alot of late nights, so yesterday when we got home we were exhausted. But it was definitely worth it. 🙂
I wanted to post a few things on here while we were gone, but I never really got a chance to do that, so I will try and post them in the next few days.
I did want to ask everyone a question though…I wanted to know if there was anything or any changes you’d like to see on my blog. Let me know and I will see what I can do.
One small little change that I’m going to start this year is posting the idea that is included in the 2011 Primary Outline. I am going to post the idea from the Outline first and then share any ideas that I may have. I always like to see what ideas are in the Outline and I like to follow as close as possible to the idea that they share. So, I thought that it would be good if I shared it on my blog.
Janary 2011 Sharing Time Idea from the Primary Outline
IDENTIFY THE DOCTRINE (looking at books): Bring a variety of books (such as a cookbook, a storybook and a school book) to Primary. Invite the children to discuss the similarities and differences between the books, including their authors. Point out that the scriptures are unique because they are written by God’s prophets and are the word of God.
ENCOURAGE UNDERSTANDING (playing a matching game): Tell the children that there are four books of scripture we use in the Church: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Explain that we call these the “standard works”. Teach the children about each book. Include a few of the stories or teachings found in each book. Play a matching game with the names of the standard works and pictures representing a story or teaching found in each book.
ENCOURAGE APPLICATION (sharing scriptures): Invite several of the children to share their favorite scripture or scripture story. Encourage them to share what they have learned from reading the scriptures. Bear your testimony of the scriptures.
I really like the idea for ‘Identifying the Doctrine’. I actually saw that in a past Friend and had planned on sharing that idea on here. Then I realized it is in the Outline. I think it is a great way of letting the children know how important the scriptures are and that they are the Word of God.
I also really liked the idea of a ‘Matching Game’. I was on Sugardoodle
and saw so many great ideas for the Matching Game for this Sharing Time. Take a look, they’re amazing!
Here’s an idea that I had. I wasn’t sure if the other matching games were too hard for some Jr. Primary, so I came up with this one that would be easier for them.
Treasure Hunt Scripture Matching Game:
(Jr. Primary)Before Primary: make a treasure chest or print out a picture of a large treasure chest. Find different Gospel Art Kit pictures of different scripture stories from each of the 4 books.
Print out or make different jewels for each scripture story. Make the jewels different shapes and colors. Make sure there is one jewel for each scripture story. On or around your treasure chest make an outline of each jewel. Below or inside the outline of the jewel write the book that that story belongs to (Book of Mormon, Bible, Doctrine & Covenants or Pearl of Great Price).
Attach each of your jewels to one of the scripture stories and hide them in the primary room.
The children are going to have to find the picture and then match the jewel that is on the picture to the jewel in the treasure chest.
For Sharing Time: On a table have the scriptures (if you have them seperated into the 4 books have each on a table.) Explain to the children that the scriptures are a ‘treasure’. Tell the children that there are four books of scripture we use in the Church: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. Explain that we call these the “standard works”. You could explain that each of these books is very important.
Tell the chidlren that today they are going to go on a ‘Treasure Hunt’. Show them your treasure chest with the missing jewels. Explain to the children that their are some very important jewels missing from your ‘treasure’. Without these jewels your ‘tresure’ is not complete. Explain that the jewels are hidden around the Primary room, but they aren’t just ordinary jewels, they are ‘Scripture Jewels’. Tell the children that they must find the jewels and place them in the correct spot.
Take turns choosing a child to find a jewel. When the child finds one have him/her come to the front and show everyone the picture for that jewel. Tell/ask the children who is in the picture, the story, etc. Then ask if anyone knows what book this belongs to. If no one knows have the child match the jewel on the picture with the jewel on the Treasure chest to reveal which book the story belongs to. Place the jewel in the missing spot and attach the pictures around the treasure chest.
Who Am I and What Book do I Belong to?
For this game the chidlren will be dressing up like different people in the scripture. The other children will have to guess who it is and which book they belong to.
On a chalkboard or bulletin board have the names of the different books of scripture. On another chalkboard or bulletin board have different names or pictures (GAK pictures).
You will also need some clothes for the children to dress up in, if you don’t have any here is an idea I shared for No Sew Scripture Clothes
. Have some clues written for each person/story that you will be discussing.
For Sharing Time: Choose a child to follow you out into the hall. Tell the child who he/she is going to be acting out and give them their clue to read. Have them dress up in the scripture clothes and then return to the Primary Room. (While the child is getting ready have the children learn/sing the Books in the Book of Mormon, New Testament, etc. songs.)
Have the child come in and read his/her clue to the children. Have the children look at the names/pictures that are posted and guess who it is. Choose a child to come pick the name/picture of the person they think it is and then place it under the correct book. Talk a little more about that person/story and the book that it belongs to.
Bear testimony of the scriptures and that the scriptures are the word of God.
Alright, so there are 2 ideas that you can use for this week’s Sharing Time. Sorry it is so late. That is another change/goal that I plan to do this year. Post my ideas early! :).
Hope all of you have a wonderful New Year’s and a wonderful weekend!