Sharing Time Ideas from the 2018 Outline
Identify the doctrine (seeing a visual): Write on the board, “I have been sent to earth to gain a ________ and to be tested.” Invite a child to come to the front of the room and draw his or her body on the chalkboard or a large piece of paper. Ask the children to tell you what the drawing is (a body). Fill in the blank and have the children say the sentence together.
Encourage understanding and application (participating in a physical activity): Make a spinner displaying pictures of several parts of the body (see example below). Discuss several things that our bodies can do, and invite the children to do them with you (for example, wiggling your fingers, stomping your feet, and turning around). Explain that one reason we came to earth was to be tested to see if we will use our bodies to obey Heavenly Father’s teachings. Invite the children to take turns spinning the pointer and telling how they can use the part of the body indicated to obey Heavenly Father. (If you cannot make a spinner, point to different parts of your body and ask the children to tell you how they can use that part of their body to obey Heavenly Father.) Invite the children to sing “I Have Two Ears” (CS,269).
Sharing Time Ideas from Little LDS Ideas
This week I had a fun Olympic themed Singing Time idea come to mind. While I was working on the singing time idea, I thought about this week’s Sharing Time Idea and thought that you could totally use an Olympic theme for this week as well. So I put the Singing Time on hold for a bit, and got to work on my Sharing Time Idea. There are several ways you could do this, here are a few that I came up with along with some great printables to help you out.
Everyone seems to have Olympic-fever, so I wanted to try to incorporate the olympics into this week’s idea, but still stay close to the outline. For this week the children will be reading clues to try and guess different parts of our body and how they can use that part of the body to obey Heavenly Father.
February 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea
You could begin your Sharing Time by talking a little bit about the Olympic athletes and how they train and keep their bodies healthy and in shape so that they can compete in the games. During the games the athletes compete in several different games and are tested on how well they do different things. Just like olympic athletes, we have been given bodies and were sent to earth to be tested. It is important for us to keep our bodies in shape…in spiritual shape. When our bodies are in spiritual shape we know how to use our bodies to follow Heavenly Father teachings. We won’t win a gold medal for our earthly test, but we will win something much better…eternal life with our Heavenly Father.
Today we are going to be learning about our bodies and how to keep them in spiritual shape so that we can live with our Heavenly Father again. To help us learn, we are going to be playing a fun Body Jeopardy Game.
Body Olympic Jeopardy Game
For this game you will have 8 different categories for each body part (as seen on the spinner in the outline). For each body part/category you will have 3 medals/clues: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The bronze medal/clue is the easiest clue, the silver is a little tougher, and the gold is the hardest.
Just like Jeopardy, you will have a column for each of your categories. Using a chalkboard, bulletin board, or large poster-board, post each category name at the top and then the gold, silver, and bronze medal underneath. On the back of each medal you will need to write a clue. There are different difficulty levels for each clue, so make sure you include some harder clues. I have included a few ideas that you could use like: Scripture stories, charades, fill-in-the-blank, Would you Rather, Name that Tune, etc. Here is an example for “Knees/Prayer”:
Gold Clue: Listen to this scripture and fill-in the missing word: “Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy _______.” D&C 112:10.
Silver Clue: While hunting in the forest, Enos thought about what his father had taught him about eternal life and the joy of the Saints. Enos wanted to have that joy. Enos _________ all day and into the night (Show a picture of Enos praying).
Bronze Clue: We are asked to do this every morning and every night.
Sr. Primary Idea
There are different ways you could play this, and I usually like to make my lessons a little more challenging for Sr. Primary, so here is an idea to do that. I thought instead of having the body parts labeled for each category, for Sr. Primary you could have it be a mystery (Body Part #1, Body Part #2, etc.).
Invite a child up and have them choose a category, and then have them choose which medal/question they would like. You would then read the question. They would need to answer the question as well as reveal the body part. If they pick the “gold” question and don’t know what it is, you could move down to the “silver” question to see if they know that. If not, move down to the “bronze” question.
If you want to include a spinner, you could simply label the spinner with numbers 1-8. Have the children spin the spinner to reveal which category they will be answering for. If you don’t want to make a spinner, check out this fun spinner app; Decide Now.
Jr. Primary Idea
Now let’s talk about making it a little easier for Jr. Primary. For their categories I thought you could have a picture of each body part. Have the child spin the spinner to decide with category they will answer a question from. Have the child look at the picture and share what body part we are going to learn about. Then have the child choose which medal/question that would like. Read the clue aloud and then have them share how they could use their body part to follow Heavenly Father’s teachings.
Before you start the activity you could give the children a goal of receiving a certain amount of gold medals. When the children answer a question you could place the medal that they receive (depending on what clue they choose and answer correctly) onto a poster-board or on the side of the board. You could even write the body part on the medal that they received for that question. If they reach their goal (say 4 gold medals), then they will receive their very own gold medal! Here is an easy gold medal using chocolate coins that would be easy to put together: Gold Medal Treat.
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I hope you enjoy my February 2018 Week 3 Sharing Time Idea and use it for your Primary lesson this week. If you do, leave me a comment letting me know.
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