A wonderful Sister (who is Anonymous, you’ll have to let us know who you are so we can all thank you), left a comment yesterday sharing a wonderful idea for this week’s Sharing Time. Here is what she said:
“We used this topic last week, so that we can use the first week of April’s this week. Then we won’t miss anything during Conference weekend. I told the story that Elder Packer told in a 1976 Conference talk about Spiritual crocodiles. I got a safari hat and used my binos. I had pictures to go along with the story to keep their attention. Then I talked about how we are just like Elder Packer and the Prophet is our guide. He can see things that we can’t and if we follow his counsel we will be safe. Then I handed each child a paper with a little crocodile that said “spiritual crocodiles.” I had them write or draw something they need to work on (ie bad language, being mean to siblings, etc.) and then promised them if they listened diligently to conference that the apostles and prophet would share something that would help them avoid their spiritual crocodiles. One of my favorite lessons in a long time!”
As soon as I read her comment I loved it! Sister you are an answer to my prayers :).
I know the children would love the ‘Spiritual Crocodiles’ because what little child doesn’t love animals, especially little boys and crocodiles.
I had a few ideas that I just thought up real quick that could go along with Elder Packer’s talk, here is what I thought of:
Idea #1: ‘Don’t Find the Crocodile!’: Type/write several teachings from the Prophets (i.e.-You kept the Sabbath Day Holy, You payed your Tithing, etc.) on pieces of paper.
Then find a picture of a crocodile and type/write below the picture something that has to do with not following the Prophet’s teachings. Make several of these also. Something like this:
Click Here to download the crocodile clipart.
(This clipart came from Microsoft Word 2010.)
(This clipart came from Microsoft Word 2010.)
On a poster-board, bulletin board, chalkboard or around the Primary Room have your prophet teachings and your ‘crocodiles posted. You will want to post these so that the back is facing the children (so they don’t know which is a good teaching and which is a crocodile). Have the children take turns coming up and choosing a card to flip over.
If they flip over a good card you could do something like…give them a certain amount of points, etc. But if they pick a crocodile you could take points away. For Jr. Primary you could have everyone do ‘crocodile mouth’ with their hands and have them ‘bite’ their neighbors to represent they’ve been bitten by a ‘Spiritual crocodile’.
You could even (ahead of time) make brown paper bag crocodile puppets and hand to each child. Then when a crocodile is chosen they can ‘bite’ themselves or their neighbor. Just make sure things dont’ get too out of hand, haha.
Idea #2: Match Game: For the match game you will just need 1 or 2 crocodile cards. But instead of typing up something bad below the crocodile type something like “You’ve been BIT by the Spiritual Crocodile!’ For your ‘teaching cards’ you could have teachings typed up or have a picture of something (tithing, Family Home Evening,etc.)
Have your cards posted on a bulletin board, chalkboard or poster-board. Have a child come to the front and choose 2 cards to flip over. Show all the children the two that were flipped over and ask what/discuss what they are. If they aren’t matches flip them back over and choose another child. Flip the cards until a match is found.
Warn the children that somewhere among the ‘Teaching cards’ are ‘Spiritual Crocodiles’. Tell them that if one of those is flipped over we’ll be ‘bit’. You can come up with something to do when one of the crocodiles are flipped over.
Play until all matches are found or you run out of time.
Idea #3: Bean Bag Toss: I know I just posted this idea last week, but I did this game last week for my Sharing Time and the children LOVED it. So here is another bean bag toss idea:
Have several buckets. Begin by placing some teachings from the prophets and some crocodiles into each bucket. Invite a child to come to the front and toss a beanbag into a bucket. Then have them pick the piece of paper out of the bucket.
If it’s a good card award them with a certain amount of points and discuss the teaching on the card. If it’s bad subtract a certain amount of points and discuss why that is bad.
Have everyone on a team and give them a set amount of points that they have to reach.
You can have the points on the front of the bucket or on each individual card.
Idea #4: Life-size board game: For each square have a teaching from a prophet or a crocodile. When setting up your board game place the squares upside down, so the children can’t see what is on each square (a teaching or a crocodile).
Invite a child to go to the ‘Start’ and roll a dice. Then have him/her move the number of spaces. When he/she gets to their square have them flip it over to reveal what it is. When they land on a crocodile you could have them move back so many spaces. When they move back they won’t need to flip over the new square.
When we do the life-size board game we take turns, giving each child a chance to be the game piece.
If this is too hard, just make a game board on a poster-board.
Prophet Match Idea
I have also shared another great idea using President Packer’s talk. You can take a look at the ideas, HERE!
Alright, I hope you enjoy these ideas. And once again THANK YOU!!! to the sister who shared your wonderful idea with all of us. Great idea!
Have a wonderful week everyone and a great Sharing Time!