Sharing Time Idea from the 2018 Outline
Identify the doctrine (seeing pictures): Show a picture of the earth and ask the children who created the earth. Explain that Jesus Christ created the earth under Heavenly Father’s direction. Then show a picture of Jesus Christ and invite the children to say, “Jesus Christ created the earth.”
Encourage understanding (drawing pictures): Tell the children that part of Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness was that an earth would be created where we would gain a body so we could grow and learn. Draw six numbered circles on the chalkboard. Divide the children into six groups, and ask each group to read one of the following scripture passages about the six days of the Creation: Genesis 1:1–5 (day 1); Genesis 1:6–8 (day 2); Genesis 1:9–13 (day 3); Genesis 1:14–19 (day 4); Genesis 1:20–23 (day 5); Genesis 1:24–31 (day 6). Invite each group to come one at a time to the front of the room, tell the other children what happened on the day they read about, and draw a picture that represents that day in the corresponding circle. Read Genesis 2:1–3together. Review with the children what happened on each day of the Creation.
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
I have some great Creation Sharing Ideas to share with you today that would be perfect for your February 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time lesson. These ideas are easy to put together, but will still be fun for the children and teach them about Jesus Christ creating the earth. I hope you like the ideas.
Creation Object Lesson Ideas
I like to begin my lesson with something that will grab the children’s attention. I have two great ideas that will do just that. Here they are:
1st Idea: Before Primary choose 2-3 things for the children do that have an order to them, examples: putting on shoes, brushing their teeth, making a sandwich, etc.
You could have a table for each task that you will be demonstrating. Invite the first child up and tell them that they are going to be showing the other children how to brush their teeth BUT you are going to be giving them instructions.
Get silly, and do it completely out of order. After they attempt to do the task you could ask them how it should be done, and then discuss why it’s important to do it in the correct order.
Move on to your second task and do the same thing. Then you could move on to the third task, if you choose to do several. After you have done your tasks and the children have ‘taught’ you how to do those things properly you can discuss the importance of doing things and order, and then you can tell the children that in the scriptures we learn that Jesus created the earth in a certain order. Today we are going to learn about the Creation.
2nd Object Lesson Idea: Before sharing time collect several items that the children can smell, feel, taste, and hear. Have all of your items hidden inside of boxes or covered so that the children can’t see them. Have a child come to the front and sit in a chair facing the other children. Blindfold the child and tell him/her that you are going to have him/her feel, listen, taste or smell something. Tell them that they will have to guess what it is.
Creation Sharing Time Ideas
Now that you’ve introduced the topic, here are some great Creation activity ideas that you could use for your lesson. There are several ideas that would be great for this week. Some might work better (are more challenging) for Sr. Primary, so read each one and then decide which would work best for your group.
Jr. Primary Ideas
Divide a large chalkboard or bulletin board into 7 sections. Label each section with the appropriate day: Day #1, Day #2, etc. (I included printables for the day numbers). Divide the children into six groups (I would just have the groups do the first six days) and give each group a scripture reference describing one day of the Creation (see scriptures in Outline). Ask each group to draw pictures of their day and discuss a little bit about it with their group. When everyone is finished, invite the first group (Day 1) up to the front and have them share their pictures with everyone. You could invite a child to share what they discussed OR you could have the other children guess what they think was created on Day 1. Continue by inviting up group #2, and so on.
After each group is done sharing, you will have all 7 days of the creation up on the board. You could then go through each of the days one more time, and invite someone to share something that they are grateful for from that specific day.
I also saw an idea where they cut out large numbers 1-7 (probably out of poster-board), and had the groups decorate their number according to the creation of that day. You could do this and have a child hold up the number they decorated instead of posting it on the board.
Creation Grab Bag
For my final idea I am sharing a fun “grab bag” idea. For this you will need an item that represents each day of the creation. Items could include a lightbulb, a picture of a sun, an animal, flower, etc. You could have all the items in a bag or you could place each item in its own separate bag with the scripture reference.
If you do separate bags, invite a child up to the front and have them pick up the #1 bag and open it up. Have them reveal the item and then have them try to guess what was created on that day. Once they have guessed, read the scripture aloud. Then ask them again what was created. Continue by inviting someone up to open bag #2. To make it a little more fun you could have the children play “hot potato” with the bags while they sing a song about the creation.
Here is an idea if you choose to do a “grab bag” style, where all the items are in one bag. At the front of the room have a large board split into 7 sections. In each section you could have a clue word to help them out. Invite a child up to the front of the room and have them choose an item out of the bag. Have them share what the item is, and then have them look at the different days and try to guess which section it belongs to. Once they have guessed, read the scripture aloud and see if they were correct.
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I hope you enjoy my February 2018 Week 1 Sharing Time Ideas and use them for your lesson this week. I would love to hear what you end up doing, so leave a comment letting me know what you decide to do. Thank so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day and a great Sharing Time!